Monthly Archives: January 2011

Scott Thornbury Asked Two Questions: 1. Is TEFL Really a Profession? 2. Is Teaching Even a Profession? (#CCK11) (#ELTChat) (#sirken)

Welcome to the debate. I can see the fire in your eyes, you’re ready to give your opinions, to share your facts, to state your truths. First, as in any good debate, we need to define our terms. Definitions are … Continue reading

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Mapping My PLN: A Response From The President

Mapping My Professional Learning Networks A global assessment of my social networks, mapped out on Linkedin and Twitter. Maps are useful in providing perspective, aren’t they? Response: Karl Donert National Teaching Fellow, President at EUROGEO Liverpool, United Kingdom Karl Donert … Continue reading

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23 Educator Roles: An Imagined Interview With Stephen Downes (#CCK11)

Me: Twenty Three. Twenty three roles? What have you been smoking? Hey, I’m a teacher. One person. Only one, just one. Not twenty three. I stand in front of the class and talk to everybody. That’s what one teacher does, … Continue reading

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Homophily and Heterophily: What Fires Together, Wires Together (#CCK11)

Connectivism and Connected Knowledge 2011, Week 2, has ended. I listened to the facilitator’s session, the recorded version, and walked away with the feeling that we will be learning more and more about networks as the course progresses, from a … Continue reading

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Voice: How to Find It and Keep It

Voice. All writer’s are concerned with it, some of us consciously, others unconsciously. Some of us just write, and voice happens. But ask us to explain it, and everyone will give you a different explanation. I’m sharing what I consider … Continue reading

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Global Networks and Geo-Diversity:Re-Presenting My Professional Learning Networks (#CCK11)

Geo-Diversity. A geodiverse network of professional learners. The more diverse, in terms of global coverage, the stronger the likelihood of having access to some of the most brilliant minds in the world within my professional interests, namely the teaching of … Continue reading

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Using Language Learning Technology: A Personal Assessment

What is the current state of Language Learning Technology (LLT) in my practice as a teacher of English? To be honest, I’m not as advanced as I could be, but I’m not in a state of panic either. You see, … Continue reading

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Time to Teach Teens: Grammar McNuggets on the Last Day!

Scott Thornbury: (Quote) “Stephen Krashen once said (only half-jokingly, I suspect) that, more important than having new ideas is giving old ideas new names. With that in mind, I was reminded recently that it was 10 years ago that I … Continue reading

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Was Einstein a Scholar? He Was, Wasn’t He? (#CCK11)

Who is a digital scholar? What is digital scholarship? When a definition is elusive, more subjective in nature than objective, then my scholarship status is defined by you. You validate me. Don’t you? When I wrote those lines above, I … Continue reading

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MY EXPERIENCE IN BOSTON: Macarena Flores Remembers

Dear friends and Readers: Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Ms. Macarena Flores. I am proud to say that she will be a colleague of mine at my school in 2011. She was kind enough to write this … Continue reading

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