11 from 11: like it says on the tin.
Hi folks. I’m currently trying really hard not to write up my blog post about the recent Doğuş University ELT Conference. This in itself is strange, firstly because it was a great conference that I want to write about, secondly because I’m avoiding doing so by writing another blog post. More on my state of neurosis later.
This just seems like a great chance to reflect back on a year of blogging, with the hope that others will also do the same. Right then, down to business: some of you are trying hard to drum up support for your blog in the upcoming EduBlog awards. Good luck to you. The thing is, to get those votes you’re going to have to show people why you’re so wonderful. What better way to do that than by showcasing your eleven – go on, I’ll use the ‘B’ word – best posts of the year. What’s more, you can pretend you’re not blatantly canvassing for votes by making out that you’re just fulfilling a blog challenge set by one of your wonderful PLN. Everyone’s a winner baby, that’s the truth…
Here are my eleven from eleven. I’m really looking forward to reading yours, so please leave a comment with a link to your post.
I decided to do some research into why my students utterly hated being in my classes. Only joking, but writing this post was extremely enlightening and some of the behavior I’d often seen cropping up in class made more sense to me as a consequence. This remains my most visited blog post.
OK, I admit it: I was just trying to antagonize people with this post. It worked. Good ole Dave Dodgson wrote one of the posts of the year about why conference presenters shouldn’t have to pay for the privilege of doing so. While I agreed with him in part I still feel that you’re paying for a whole event and if you are willing to present, then good on you. Some of the comments on this one are the closest I’ve got to hate mail, although in retrospect none of them are that bad. What’s more, I probably deserved a bit of stick for deliberately trying to stir things up.
I’m part of the curriculum development group in my department and work bloody hard doing it, too. It seems strange on reflection that this aspect of my job has rarely come through in my blogging. This was a notable exception.
I’m in full grizzle mode on this one. Basically, I postulate that we’re willing to overlook the shiftiness of the organization hosting the conference as and when it suits us.
I’m in full grizzle mode again on this one. Do you suffer from idiotic boss syndrome? Do people elsewhere in your organization make crap decisions that act as motivation killers for those that it affects? If so, this post feels your pain.
Ahem, I’m in full grizzle mode again on this one. There are a bunch of buggers trying to screw up this profession for the rest of us. Fight the power, baby!
I went to quite a few conferences this year and heard some truly awesome stuff. One of my favourite new ideas resulted in this post. Thankfully, the inspirer has just started his own blog on this.
Just read the title of the blog post. I’m awesome.
This is one of those weird posts that received markedly different responses depending on where you looked. On twitter I was derided as a fool for my suggestions, albeit by tech-heads who found it impossible to believe that other humans could be in any way different to them. In the comments, I was met with ‘been there, done that’ responses from people who weren’t quite so far up their own arses. Did I just say that?
This was a photo tribute to Headway. By tribute I mean…
I originally intended this blog to be a reflection of the daily goings on in my life as an English teacher. I have failed to do that pretty miserably most of the time, although this was one of my rare posts that managed to stick to that ethos.
Bring on your eleven
There you have it then. That’s lots of deep linking that should up my blog in my ongoing war with Google. How about you? What have you blogged about this year? Let the rest of us know by taking up this shamelessly self promoting blog challenge.
Here are the people who’ve taken up the challenge so far:
Remember to leave a comment and link below if/when you choose your 11 so I can add them to the list.