How to overcome the Lonely Teacher Blues

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"Teaching is, often, a lonely job. If you're lucky, you get to talk about your problems, exchange ideas, or periodically receive some level of motivation in the staff room. Most of the time, however, you get thrown in the deep end, with only a marker and the coursebook to clutch.

Some seek to fight this problem by attending conferences, and others do courses, but these tend to be costly, and teaching is not noted for a generous pay scale. So, unless some form of backing is available, most of us can't do either of those.

However, the situation has improved tremendously in the past decade or so. As Barbara Sakamoto said in my interview with her, "Get online!" There's a bewildering amount of information and resources available on the Internet, so much so that one can easily get lost. If you're reading this, you're probably among those who are already fairly knowledgeable about the world of blogging, Twitter, and webinars. It is our duty, then, to enlighten the uninitiated."

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  1. I totally agree with you. Thanks to Internet, however, I think there's still two types of teachers: those who enjoy their teaching and they'll do it so forever, trying to innovate and being up-dated, and on the contrary, those who just want to follow the same coursebook without creativity nor innovation, just traditional teaching. Hopefully there'll be more innovative teachers shortly. Thanks for your excellent and motivated post. We are in the same boat, aren't we?

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