So I'm finally getting around to my recommendations for the "It's worth taking a look at these blogs
" request. I've been intending to do this for awhile but just busy with many end of semester things (and still am). However, inspiration got hold of me and also because I DO think it such a great idea -- I forced myself to come up/out with something. Thank you to all who read my blog or mentioned my blog. Bless your soul.
Jason Renshaw (bless his combative soul), really threw down the gauntlet by posting THIS.
A kind of "J'accuse" and manifesto stating that all those not playing this game are mean spirited and unhelpful and .... You get the point.
All in all, the It's Worth Taking a Look at this Blog idea worked well - really well.
For those who actually grasped it, that is.
I'm sorry, but I DO grasp it but I really don't buy into it. This whole henpecking, ranking people/teachers and constant breast pounding, jolly be good, jolly I'm good streak that runs through blogging. It is in many forms, however you put lipstick on the pig - just plain pandering to something I'm most against in education - comparing people.
Our schools and classrooms are full of it (pun intended). All through my career as a teacher I've played the game. All the while getting the last laugh and finding a way to give everyone an A. Yeah, that's right. If you are in my class, you get an A. The marks don't matter to me -- only what the student thinks of themselves and how they connect with their own learning.
But back to blogging. I really wanted to participate in this but really couldn't find a way without offending others and participating in the "this is better than that". So I decided to just give everyone an A!
Please click the random ELT Blog Generator and get taken to new and old bloggers alike. You be the judge - we all will fall in love with different ones. There are 130 blogs in the bunch, culled only in two ways. 1. They have been regularly updated (at least 1 post in the 3 weeks) 2. Are not commercial mouthpieces (however soft).
If you like the idea, copy down the code and put a nice button linking to the generator page. Happy blog roulette!
<a href="http:eflclassroom.com/randomeltblog.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://eflclassroom.com/images/buttons/randomeltblog1.png" alt="Random ELT Blogs" /></a>
PS. Jason, no slight intended. I know you heart is always in the right place....bless your soul.