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October 20, 2007

Workplace Issues- Friday Morning Tea

Hello Readers,

While many ESL teachers tend to have the gift of the gab, it is often the case that teachers are so busy preparing or teaching their classes that there is not always enough time to get to know the rest of the staff at the school.

In order to encourage...

... more communication about things unrelated to work, one idea is to organize a Friday morning tea. The plan is simple. Create a sign-up sheet listing all the Fridays in the term and ask that everyone signs up for one or more of the slots (depending on how many staff members you have). You might want to have 2 or 3 people sign up for each Friday so that there is a variety of treats for everyone to eat. When it's your turn, bring something for tea, e.g., cookies, cake, muffins, brownies, etc. Make a pot of coffee or cups of tea and put out the food in a common room so that staff members can get something to eat while having a relaxed chat with their coworkers.

Does your school organize something similar? What do you do to create a relaxed atmosphere at work? Share your ideas below.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at October 20, 2007 04:11 AM

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