Quo vadis? ¿Adonde vas? Where are you going? Most of us have answered that question by now. The end of the past year and the beginning of the present year was a perfect time for such a personal reflection. The answer, of course, is as varied as the people who ask and answer the question. I can’t help but think that for some of us, we are going nowhere. We are right here, or right there, exactly where we want to be. That’s a good place to be, isn’t it? Imagine being so content with who you are, what you are, and where you are, that you decide to go nowhere.
In my case, this blog gives me the opportunity to look back over the past years and see what I was thinking about, what I was doing, and what I was writing about. I can see my words, see the visual images, and even in some cases, relive the moments of joy and happiness, disappointment and setback, progress and stasis. Writing, then, is a way of leaving a permanent record of a moment in time. To put this another way, it is as close to immortality as a human being can get. Long after I have drawn my last breath on this planet, a part of me will still be available for another human being to find, and to “feel,” in a book someplace, and who knows… maybe it might affect the future?
So today, I have selected some images and put them together, randomly, in the slideshow at the top of the page. Although the images are random, I see the story quite clearly. I am a teacher of English. Teaching English has brought me intense joy and happiness over the past 16 years.
I have come to agree with Dr. Stephen Krashen, who believes that comprehensible input, in the form of speaking and reading, is the best possible way to teach English to most people. Let me add here that a lot of people totally disagree with Dr. Stephen Krashen. However, that is what makes teaching and learning English so much fun.
You see, there has never been, and never will be, one magic way of teaching that works for everybody. So we agree, we disagree, we advocate for what in our experience has worked best for us. For me, what works best, is talking with people, and getting them to read books, even if I have to write the book myself.
That brings me back to where I started. Quo vadis? I couldn’t answer that question without first taking a look at where I have been. I’ve got a pretty good idea of where I want to go in 2018 now. What about you? Quo vadis? ¿Adonde vas?