In my previous post I made a point to catch up on commenting on other blogs that had piqued my interest way back in 2012. As I was compiling the list (and missing out on more than a few posts to be sure) I noticed a few new(ish) blogs that I think are very deserving of attention. In this, my first (of many?) blog post of 2013 thought I would share a few of these blogs. In order to be considered for this prestigious list the blogs need to be be new (at least to me) as well as a blog that I am looking forward to reading more of in 2013. Of course, there is no intended pressure to those listed to entertain me in 2013! Readers might observe that that there is a high percentage of Korea-based blogs, to which I might say, “Interesting observation” as I stroke my chin and pretend to think deeply about it.
The blogs are listed in no particular order and are as follows:
(It might not be obvious but you can click on the headings here and be brought the homepages)
Author: Gemma Lunn (@GemL1)
I have been enjoying Gemma’s insightful introspections for the past month or so and I am looking forward to reading more. I think she does an amazing job of capturing Reflective Practice from what she calls a beginner’s perspective. For a sample post you might want to read this one about self-observation. Also, do be sure to check out her informative “About” page for more information on the author and why she blogs.
Author: Darryl Bautista (@Darryl_Bautista)
The “About” page shares a great deal about why Daryl is blogging and why now and why in that particular space. His blog focuses on culture, narrative inquiry and research, and teacher identity. Please check out blog for more information. Finally, here is a narrative piece I enjoyed.
Author: Rose Bard (@rosemerebard)
After reading this post from Rose I almost wrote, “Where have you been all my life?” to her on Twitter but I worried that might sound creepy. I really connected to her writing from the first moment that I saw her blog. I love her writing style and the depth in which she considers things. I also appreciate her reader-friendly treatment of Freirian ideas. Her “About” page tells you lots about her.
Author: Jereon “Chop” Root (@ChopEDU)
“Chop” recently joined the fray as a blogger and I am looking forward to reading more. He has thus far blogged about learner autonomy, as well as his pedagogical philosophy in 2 parts. (part 1 and part 2). Some signs on Twitter point to him blogging about why teachers blog but that might be incorrect at worst or a spoiler alert at best. I will be on the lookout for future posts and hope that you will too.
Author: Ratna Ragunathan-Chandrasegaran (@Ratnavathy)
Ratna writes, “I’m Ratna, an English teacher currently residing in Korea. These are my thoughts, reflections, tips, lessons plans, and all there is to share on ELT. To me, teaching isn’t a career. It’s a journey. And maybe we can walk down the path together, hand in hand……Shall we?” In some ways this invitation gets to the heart of Ratna’s blog. She really does take readers along with her on a journey, whether she is sharing a lesson plan, exploring analogies between “real life” and class, or expressing her gratitude to others after an interesting year or sharing what she learned and is still learning Ratna always seems to poetically convey a sense of wonder that keeps me eager to follow her as she goes along her journey.
Author: Carol Goodey (@cgoodey)
Carol teaches in a very different context than I do, but I have thoroughly enjoyed all the posts of hers that I have read. Carol is working as an Adult ESOL & Literacies worker in Community Learning & Development, which is quite different than my context which is teaching uni students here in Korea. I think these different contexts as well as our shared interest in “teaching unplugged” and her clear and insightful writing make her blog all the more interesting for me. This post on “The Power of the Post-it Note” might be a nice introduction to her blog. Also, this post called “Encouraging Talk, Encouraging Learning” on what she included in a workshop for voluntary literacy tutors is a nice intro as well. (I noticed Carol has been blogging for a while but her blog just recently appeared on my radar and I have already written this up so I will keep it here!)
Author: Christopher Miller (@Christo63789662)
On his blog the author describes himself as “Teacher, Father, Jogger, Sleeper, Husband, (add extra label here).” I could add thinker, reflector, and thought-provoker to this. Though he started his blog in September he has already built up quite a few posts (many of which I have just decided to read for the first time!). I enjoyed his Prelimary thoughts on Fanslelow’s rules for student centered language learning and his thoughts on how to best leverage textbook listening activities for very different reasons. I think these two pieces show his And yes, Mr. Miller did gain extra points for using the phrase, “Anti-douchism”
I guess that is the list for now. Thanks for reading and I wish you all the best for 2013. Happy blogging/reading!
Please feel free to list any other new(ish) blogs in the comments and I will list them here.
Also, if I have listed anything incorrect about the above blogs/bloggers I am very happy to change it. Please just let me know.
The super helpful and wonderful Vicky Lloras (whose blog is highly recommended) suggested a few people. Thanks Vicky!
I disqualified Anne Hendler, Laura Phelps, and Guven Cadgas because they are blogs that I have been familiar with for a while. They are all excellent and certainly worth reading and looking forward to in 2013!
2 suggestions that I accepted were:
Dinçer Demir’s Blog which he says is, “a page to share all about learning , teaching ,education , e-learning& e-teaching …” and I will be checking out very soon. And perhaps you will too.
A few more blogs that caught my eye since I first wrote this:
This is My Whiteboard A blog for teachers of young EFL learners A young learners teacher in Japan shares his whiteboard and much more.
Documenting Another Year As an ESOL Teacher ”publicly documenting all of 2013 as a way to engage in some cooperative learning with teachers around the globe”
~ Simple English ~ The author says it is about “thoughts on ELT, English and whatever else comes into my head”
Creatitivites ”Creative writing activities and ideas for the EFL classroom”
Unplanned “Thoughts on Marketing and Publishing in the World of ELT”
Special Bonus 1:
In his excellent year-in-review post our friend Leo Selivan shares some tips for new bloggers (towards the end of the page, but go ahead and read the whole page).
Special Bonus 2:
Hot of the presses on Twitter:
Resolution: to resume blogging. New post next Sunday at http://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/