I started this blog just about a year ago. It has been incredibly rewarding and helpful. I can’t believe I didn’t start blogging earlier! I have been touched and impressed with many of the posts that I have seen in the last few days and weeks (see Adam Simpson’s 12 for 12 for a good start) in which incredible teachers/bloggers looked back on the year. I wanted to get in on the action but didn’t quite feel like I had the time or mental space to go through and select specific posts (of mine or of others). I have read so many amazing posts it seemed like an impossible task. I had a hard time thinking of what criteria I could use. Then it hit me. Comments. Ahh, comments. I love to receive them. I know other bloggers do as well. I am always kicking myself about not being better about commenting on other blogs (possible New Year’s resolution foreshadowing) or being better about responding to comments on my blog in a more timely manner. I will leave the excuses and rationales out of it but this is something I think about quite often.
So, my “12 for 12” is the 12 posts that I have been wanting to comment on but haven’t quite managed to yet. My mission is to leave a comment on all the posts mentioned below in the next 24 hours. It is shaping up to be a super #TESOLgeeky New Year’s Eve.
To my horror and embarrassment, I recently realized that I never responded to the (great and helpful) comments on this post, a post in which I was asking for help about extensive reading. I will have to remedy this soon.
Obviously, I am cheating a bit here with this post because Kevin posted this very recently. Kevin’s blog (as well as the human and tweeter attached to it) has been a constant source of inspiration throughout the year so I will be sure to leave a comment on this post. Some touching comments have already been left.
If you like my use of passive voice there (or even if you don’t) you will probably enjoy Kevin’s recent post on passive voice examples.
I think about this blog post a lot. Actually I think about the whole blog a lot. Alex manages to write thought-provoking things regularly. I have been lucky enough to meet Alex face-to-face many times this year and have gotten the chance to talk about his blog. He is not afraid to remind me that I never comment on his blog. I will be sure to comment on the above post soon and hopefully more in the new year.
If I have extra time I will comment on this post about the perils of student feedback.
4. The prolific Chris Wilson on “Eating our own dogfood”
Chris wrote so many posts this year that were extremely thought-provoking. I was surprised to see that what I call “the dogfood post” was not listed in his review of year (but realize that Chris was spoiled for choice). Lots to think about in this post, its sequel, and the entire blog.
Just as I was debating which of Uncle Tony’s posts or series to add a comment on he delivered this gem at the last moment. Prior to that moment I was thinking about one of his many many posts but I think the universe was telling me that this is the post that I *should respond to.
6. ELT Resourceful by Rachael Roberts
I couldn’t choose just one. I think I will just have to leave a comment on the About Page telling Rachael how much I appreciate her blog and how much I have learned from it and her over the last year.
This was a fascinating exchange that really got me thinking. I am not sure if I came up with any concrete resolutions but I know that is not really the point. This round of Devil’s Advocate sure provided a lot to ponder.
8. Phil Wade’s new rules for teaching
In this post, Phil Wade provided a bunch of ideas and rules about teaching. As I read this I nodded in agreement and also came up with some questions. I have been thinking about his ideas on this for months now and will be happy to revisit this.
Update: I couldn’t find the post I was looking for so I just commented on Phil’s 100th post. There is a lot to read on his blog so I would encourage anyone interested in ELT to check it out. Phil seems to have retired this particular blog but he has a lot of good stuff out there so a google search might be helpful.
In this fun post, while not necessarily out-curmudgeoning me, Anne considers the importance of teachers having fun in class as well as if teachers are allowed to have fun in class. I have no idea what I will respond to this but I am hopeful that something will come to me because it is a very interesting post!
In this short but powerful post, John P describes some challenges that he faced in motivating his students to speak. Specifically he asks, “How can we motivate our students TO WANT TO expand out of their comfort zone?” I wanted to respond at the time but as we know sometimes life gets in the way. It might be too late to actually help John in that situation but I will remove the guilt of not being more helpful that I have been carrying around for months.
What a post! Wow. Now that I am 35 (I wasn’t in April) perhaps I can comment on this more thoughtfully than I could have way back when this post came out. I won’t even summarize this post. Just read it! I think it is a very important post for all of us involved in the field.
In this post we can see Korean English teachers show off their creativity and it is a sight to behold. This is really nice to see and a possible source of inspiration for teacher trainers around Korea and around the world. Thanks to Josette for sharing this wonderful model. And for mentioning the Bookmaking project. And for all the support throughout the year. And for the initial nudge to get into blogging!
Thanks to everyone for reading the blog and I look forward to more learning in 2013. This was a great year and I am feeling especially grateful at the moment and also excited about the next year.
(I am also excited about all the comments I will be leaving in the next 23 hours!)