My blog is my Ph.D.. It really is and it allows me to explore, think, research, investigate, ponder, decry everything concerning my profession and education in general. Over the years I have typed and tallied thousands of comprehensive posts.
2012 has come and gone, lots of blog posts have come and gone. However, there are a number of them that need mentioning and which might be of use to teachers out there.
I've only picked a dozen from the hundreds - was difficult, each post valuable to me and something I give my heart to.
Here are my top 12 posts in 2012.
- I describe a workshop I attended and the theory of Synectics. Materials provided for your own lesson.
- I outline the nature of these materials and add some ideas for using this kind of authentic content with our students.
- I lost my favorite teacher in 2012. This is my tribute to him and all teachers who teach so personally and from the heart. So long Mr. Worth.
- post on the EnglishCentral blog where I post regularly. I describe the new skill of "watching" and take the classic description of Extensive Reading and remix it for the new digital age.
- I explore the nature of "identity" in language learning and how learning to swear is a badge of honor many language learners wear.
- I put it all out there, all the things I've learned as a language teacher over the past few decade's journey.
- I take a second look at Dogme and try to distill for me, what it really is while also rewriting the original manifesto to describe what a Dogme teacher would do.
- I take on the topic again of the new reign of video as a dominant media form, outlining the pros and cons of both video and text (book).
- Here I dive into this issue and try to distill what school is really about / for. A must watch video convinced me school despite its shortcomings, is still all we got to protect so many vulnerable children.
- I explore the narrowing divide between these two traditional materials in ELT. Now authentic can be controlled and used as a "learning" material.
- I outline all the major issues and questions that teachers face - both practically/job wise and theoretically/research wise.
- Here I decry what is happening in schools in America and the compulsory/forced nature of schooling in general. We need to rethink things.
And let's not forget throughout the year I was highlighting many, many practical resources for teachers and found on our community. Here are the most popular series of resources.
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