What have you written that you want me to read? A blog challenge (of sorts)

200 posts and you keep coming back for more!

After three years of blogging, I’m approaching the 200-post mark. While there’s plenty of life in me yet and I feel like I have more than ever to write about, I do want my 200th post to be something of a celebration of my fellow teachers’ blogging. In fact, this post will serve a double purpose, as it will also serve as the 31st edition of the wonderful ESL Blog Carnival, created by Larry Ferlazzo.

Over the course of the three plus years that this blog has been going, I’ve made so many new friends, a lot of whom I now know in ‘real life’. I’ve presented at more conferences than I ever would have pre-blogging, I’ve done more research, I’ve worked harder and, if my students are a decent gauge, I’ve become a better teacher. I put a great deal of this down to this blog giving me the motivation of wanting to commit myself to my teaching in a way that I didn’t before I started writing here. If you’re one of the people who has read anything I’ve written, you are part of the reason I’m a better teacher now than I was before I started this project. Consequently, I want to say thanks as my blog approaches this little milestone.

Basically, I want my 200th post to be a celebration of your blogs. So, do me a favour and tell me what you’ve been writing about recently. One thing that makes me unhappy is that I don’t have the time to do the rounds and comment on as many other blogs as I’d like. So, let me take this chance to find out what you’ve been up to.

Please, leave a link to a post you’ve written recently that you’re really proud of; I promise to drop by, read it, comment on it, and link to it in my 200th post / November Blog Carnival extravaganza (I also hosted the 27th Carnival: click here to see it).

Thanks to all who’ve visited me, it means a lot that you’ve read what I’ve written, it really does.

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24 thoughts on “What have you written that you want me to read? A blog challenge (of sorts)

  1. Hi Adam,

    Congratulations on your upcoming 200th post. You don’t look older than 100!

    I think this is a great way to celebrate. I would be honoured if you could check out some of the stuff I have written on my site. One that I am particularly proud of is about encouraging students to notice English around them, even if (or especially) they don’t live in an English speaking country. http://goo.gl/hTWFt

    All the best and good luck for the next 200 posts.

  2. What an excellent post, and a great idea! I am a new reader but find this and other posts incredibly inspiring! I am a new blogger as well; here is my most recent post
    “Willing to Learn” http://bit.ly/QKKpO1
    Thanks again for the wonderful post, couldn’t agree more! I think that the process of blogging helps to make me a more effective teacher every day, as do those who contribute along the way.

  3. Hi Adam,

    Congratulations! What an interesting way to celebrate your 200th post anniversary. You’ve had a really original idea.

    I’m afraid I haven’t written many posts in my blog lately but I’ve chosen the following one for you to read (if you feel like doing so), since it shows my feelings when I started using technology in my classes about 3 years ago: http://www.linguisticconsultancy.blogspot.com.ar/2010/03/marisa-in-edtechland.html


  4. You have truly accomplished a lot Adam and as a regular reader of you blog, I appreciate how data driven and research driven it is. As I have only been blogging for 5 weeks about teaching EFL through iPads I only have a limited number of blogs and so I invite you to have a quick look and comment on one that is relevant to you. I am still thinking of your TPCK question of where we put language into the model and which type of language goes where, as I think we have language in place of content and the language of getting things done in an English medium classroom. Maybe, our present to you, as your general reading public, should be to choose one of your posts that we like the most and comment on it.

    Writing well and meaningfully is very time consuming, even if you have a million ideas in your head, and so I sincerely congratulate you on your achievement.

  5. Hi Adam.

    OK. I’ll take the bait. As it may actually push me back to my own blog, which has been a bit neglected recently. I’ve started (and in a notebook, finished) a series on confidence in the classroom. So I’ll give you the think to the first of the posts and you can decide whether you read the rest. One of them (can’t remember which) won the TeachingEnglish blog of the month ‘badge’ earlier in the year.
    I want to blog a lot more. I have a heap of half posts in a notebook and ideas in my head, but… where on earth did you get the time for 200 posts!! Envy envy…
    Keep blogging.
    The first of the series: http://macappella.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/a-matter-of-confidence/
    and the second, which is a bit meatier: http://macappella.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/a-matter-of-confidence-personalising/

  6. Congrats Adam,
    I love reading your blog. I wish I could celebrate your blog birthday with a new blog post but these days I am toooo busy with my new classes. Recently I’ve shared what I’ve been doing in the classes at http://evasimkesyan.edublogs.org and trying to update my class blogs as well.


  7. Many thanks to all who have left comments so far.

    It’s been a busy few days for me, but rest assured that I will be paying your blogs a visit in the near future.

  8. Congratulations on the 2 landmarks! Neither is an easy thing to do. I also really like the recent blog redesign. Seems a lot simpler.
    I’ve been blogging about lots of different things recently but my favourite recent post was about gamification and it’s use for motivation (and some of the ethics as well) http://wp.me/p2hCXG-h3 I hope you like it.

  9. One link followed another and somehow I ended up on your website. Congrats on your milestone. I I like the way that you are sharing blogs. In 2010, I had the unique opportunity to teach at an international school in India. Soon,I will be publishing a book about my experiences. In addition to the book, I also blog about India, travel, international education/multicultural books, Jewish culture, and an occasional muse. I’m sharing a link to one of my international education postings. http://www.sandrabornstein.com/what-if-everyone-had-the-opportunity-to-be-literate. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  10. Hi Adam,

    More congratulations on your 200th post! I think I must have read at least half of them :)

    I don’t know if the comment above mean that entries are closed, but if not, I’d love to share one of my extensive rambles about teaching pronunciation. This ones on how to identify and try to correct bad pronunciation habits: http://breathyvowel.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/pronunciation-camp-4-habits-revealing-correcting-practising-and-linking/

    Cheers, and keep up the good work.


  11. Congrats to you on your milestone! I am a new blogger so am just getting my feet wet. We started a blog in my classroom, and yesterday we had such an exciting day with Skype, thanks in part to the Global Read Aloud–come visit! I am trying to post weekly, with some reflection tossed into the mix. Still have more to do, but it will come.
    Thanks for your work!

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