Just before IATEFL I read a Tweet by Adam Beale where you asked for his PLN to record a JING saying and showing what they liked about his blog and how it had inspired them. Well, I’d never tried this before so I jumped at the chance. The resulting rough northern style commentary was thus played at IATEFL. I hope it didn’t destroy his presentation.
So, I got to thinking that this is actually what I do a lot. I read blogs and some posts I am inspired by and comment and discuss them with other existing or new PLNers. While others (Adam’s falls into this category) are so damn good that I feel unable to comment at all but still put what I read into action on some level. For me, there are posts that are immediately useful such as a teaching idea or mini activity but there are others that are ‘food for thought’, Anthony Gaughan’s is a great example. His posts take a long time to digest and think about but really affects my teaching and whole perspective on EFL.
Enough name dropping…Now, what I would like to do is to try another experiment with 2 aims:
1)To see what readers get from other people’s blog posts
2)How they use, on whatever level, the ideas/exercises etc they read
1)The first person will choose a blog they have been inspired by and create a post (JING/text/both) saying what they liked and got from it and how it improved their teaching BUT they must ask the blogger 1)If they are happy with this and 2)If they will do the next comment.
And so, in theory, we will have something like a chain letter that will progress through our PLN and provide a way to meet new inspiring teachers and educators and to show that we are all here to help each other. Yes, in theory! I’m very looking forward to discovering new blogs and new PLN friends.
I do hope it works but that depends on you keeping the ball rolling. If things go belly up then maybe I’ll just have to ask for volunteers to comment on blogs but it would be nice to try the first approach.
Here’s my first JING I recorded about Adam Beale’s blog with my comments.
His Project Unplugged inspired me to publish my own phone lesson summaries which you can find under PHONE DOGME. It also helped me understand how important my own gut feelings about my and the students progress was/is and how I needed to set up a channel of communication. Thus, I just started talking to students at break and after class on a regular basis. This really helped develop a better personal relationship and gave me vital feedback.
If you haven’t checked out Adam’s blog do it NOW but be warned, his posts are very thought-provoking so read one, think about it then see if what way it can improve you and your teaching. Enjoy!
Since writing this, Adam has made his own post about Dale Coulter’s blog Language moments. See it at the link above.