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January 2013 in a nutshell… or on a post

February 1, 2013 4 comments

Even though I’ve been travelling for more than a week now, I was able to have a look at a couple of interesting blog posts prior to getting to the US. As you most certainly know, there are lots of good texts out there. These are just a  couple of posts I enjoyed reading in January 2013. In case you haven’t read them, perhaps you’d like to take a look at what you may have missed:

  1. ELT Blogs I’m looking forward to in 2013 – Mike Griffin points us to some nice blogs he’ll be keeping an eye on in 2013 and, what the hey, why shouldn’t we, right?! This could be the starting point for you to open your mind and start reading a couple more blogs this year. The blogs he mentions are, indeed, quite interesting and worth the while!
  2. Three reasons I like to read not-so-well-known blogs – This one is non-ELT or education related, but it certainly has very good reasons (3 of them) to look out for great reads in places you wouldn’t normally expect to find them. OK, this was from December 2012, but I only stumbled upon it in January… and to be fair, I instantly like the style used by Bottledworder, as she’s known in the blogging world.
  3. The Greatest Creative Writing Activity Ever – Adam shares an activity that is sure to foster creativity and natural use of the language at the same time. I agree with him on the possible uses for this activity and how easily adaptable it is. It’s also a good starting point for a different first-day activity. Perhaps you could vary the questions, or just use them as they are. I have a feeling students would have a good deal of fun anyway.
  4. Confidence Through Connectedness – Tom Whitby writes about the benefits of a well-founded and properly used PLN. This is not just a post about the benefits of twitter or any other social media site that connects educators. It’s a post about the importance of confidence in teaching and how this may change in this connected world of ours. Well, to be honest, just by being a post by Tom Whitby it is worth reading.
  5. Professional Development for Now and for the Future - Vicky Loras expands on what Mike Griffin had written about and beautifully tells us some sound reasons for us to keep pursuing our professional growth and how to effectively make it happen. This is a great post to start the year as you may find some inspiration for the whole year.
  6. Augmented Reality in Education – Isil Boy will give you some suggestions of tools you may use to, as she wrote, connect the virtual to the real world in your classroom. If you have got no idea where to start with this augmented reality thing, perhaps you could start from here. Are you looking into integrating more tech into your teaching?
  7. English for Prostitutes – Willy Cardoso starts his blogging year by inviting us to look at a piece of news that an association of prostitutes in Brazil will offer English classes to its members with the aim of helping them during the world cup in 2014. He asks just the right questions to help us look at things from a much broader perspective really go beyond what the media (or a first glance) might suggest.
  8. A is for Accommodation – Scott Thornbury resumes his blogging activities with an amazing, as usual, post on accommodation and the questions this might pose for English teaching. With a new post set to be written every Sunday, and as usually his posts are brilliant, I recommend you subscribe to his blog. Oh, and make sure you have plenty of time to read this, as you should definitely follow the comment thread on each one of the posts!
  9. Forget about learners, let’s hear it for teachers – Ken Wilson addresses a rather serious issue, in my humble opinion. This is a post for you to reflect a bit on how the shift towards the focus on the learner has made you, well, forget about the teachers. There are a couple of reasons for us to visualise (in case you’ve forgotten about them) the importance of the teacher. It’s definitely worth the while.
  10. Is there any connection between music practice and language practice? – Jeremy Harmer invistes us to think about how important practice is, but, most importantly, what exactly we should mean when we talk about the importance of practice. By making use of a comparison with the kind of practice musicians need, Jeremy certainly provides us with some food for thought!
  11. Time to Raise Questions: Back at Past Reflective Experiences – Rose Bard raises the questions that we should answer. In fact, she does a lot more than that. As this is the beginning of the year, it’s yet another chance for us to remember the importance of reflecting on our practices and, perhaps, make this year a lot better than last year.

As I said, these are just some of the posts I was able to read and keep track of before travelling. What about you? Have you read anything interesting this January?

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