Schengen: 90/180

Categories: Ramblings, Society

The Schengen zone consists of 26 countries in the EU with a border agreement allowing those exempt from social visit visa requirements to enter for a maximum of 90 days in any 180 day period. This specifically applies to US/CA/AU citizens and is somewhat troublesome to calculate. In trying to figure this out, I came across these utilities which might help: The official EU one, a less cluttered Visa Calculator, and an iOS app, 90 – Schengen.

How to Minimize (& Maximize) Emails in Mail App on iPhone

Categories: Ramblings

You’re using mail on your iPhone writing a new message, but find you need to refer to something in your inbox or one of your folders. You scowl and close the message, save as a draft, lookup when you need, open the draft again, and finish writing. Apparently you don’t have to do that anymore in iOS 8. Minimize the new message, look up your stuff, and continue. Just hold and swipe the new message down and then back up. (If you did need to go to a draft, you can also press and hold on the drafts icon on the bottom right).

Source: How to Minimize (& Maximize) Emails in Mail App on iPhone

CELTA: Day 5; TP 3

Categories: Ramblings

I got the first chance to observe an experienced teacher on Tuesday. It was only the first two hours of a four-hour class, but it exhibited in reality what we’ve been dwelling on the theory of quite well.

Yesterday, I had quite some difficulty with my third practice. It all boils down to a microscopic level of planning that I just didn’t have. The problems I anticipated were not the problems that occurred and that threw my timing off and made the planned activities impossible to complete. The tutor’s words really strike home now as I’m preparing for my lesson for next week: “The lesson plan must read like a recipe that anyone could pick up, immediately understand, and be able to perform.”

In the real world, my lesson would have been quite adequate, but for the CELTA program there must be a somewhat unnatural level of exaggerated clarity. It stuck me that the course is just like a driving test. You may be a good driver and check your mirrors, but during the test you must be seen to visibly demonstrate that you are checking, pronouncedly crane your neck to look at the blind spots, etc. Even if your actions in the class are understood by everyone in the class, it’s still necessary to check off all the boxes for every element of a “good” lesson.