Ok, my turn. Here comes the list!
Thank you to the people who tagged me in their blogs, I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. I give my heartfelt thanks to these great educators and I hope to meet all of you in person one day! (I have already started planning next year’s conference attendances. It will be great and I am looking forward to them.)
* Eva Buyuksimkesyan (http://evasimkesyan.edublogs.org/
* Anita Kwiatkowska (http://anita-kwiatkowska.blogspot.com/)
* Sheetal Makhan (http://www.sheetalmakhan.com/) and
*Melania Paduraru (http://mellaniep.wordpress.com) whose blogs are simply amazing!
The ten blogs I chose to include here for different reasons are:
1. Ken Wilson (http://kenwilsonelt.wordpress.com) What can I say about Ken? It was the first blog I ever started reading and the one that inspired me to begin my own. On Ken’s blog you can learn, laugh, travel, listen to his wonderful songs and … have a great time! Ken is a great writer and narrator.
2. Jeremy Harmer (http://jeremyharmer.wordpress.com) About Jeremy? Great posts, with topics that are so original you think “Wow! How did he think of writing about that?” and it shows from all the great discussions that go on his blog.
3. Keith Ferrell (http://techhappy.wordpress.com) I am so lucky to have discovered Keith when I first started tweeting. Keith is a tech integration specialist in Singapore and the reason I admire him so much is that his website includes not only great websites, recommendations and carefully chosen videos and topics in general, but he is very much interested in internet safety for children, which he has a special page on his blog about.
4. Mark Andrews (http://markandrews.edublogs.org) Mark Andrews’s blog is simply amazing! It is like reading a literary book, history book and methodology book altogether – I have told him this, that every time I read his blog I feel like I am in university again! (A very happy period for me – I love learning!) Mark has an amazing gift to tie everything together in his own way; honestly, I wish I could write that way.
5. Marisa Constantinides (http://marisaconstantinides.edublogs.org) I will start by saying that I feel very lucky to have discovered this wonderful lady this year (to be in contact I mean, I knew her name since when I lived in Greece), but feel so unlucky to have never met her in person while in Greece. On Marisa’s blog you can read wonderful posts about various topics which are so important in ELT (I will never forget the one she wrote about companions.) Her great work is reflected in her blog and her Greek one as well. Marisa, thank you so much and…see you in Athens!
6. Sean Banville (http://seanbanville.com) I came across Sean’s blog at a very important time in my life, when I was going through a very hard period: one of his blog posts were about something I could relate to, moving to another country and all the difficulties that came with it. I admire Sean for everything he has written and for all the hard work he puts into his blog and websites, giving us ELT teachers ready-made material to use FOR FREE. Much obliged Sean and may you have every success with your great websites!
7. Arjana Blazic (http://traveloteacher.blogspot.com/index.html) This is definitely Arjana’s year! She is a multi-awarded teacher (and so is her school!) and she is also Glogster EDU Ambassador. Arjana’s devotion to teaching shows through her entire blog: her ideas are amazing and her enthusiasm contagious!
8. Anna Pires and her wonderful students from International House, Braga, Portugal (http://ihbraga-bookclub.blogspot.com/ I have very recently discovered this blog, but I am amazed at the excellent work the students and their teachers put in and the love of books going on in this blog! My warmest congratulations to Anna Pires (whom I greatly admire as a person and educator), the teachers and the students who write beautiful things about books they have read!
9. Barbara Hoskins-Sakamoto (http://www.teachingvillage.org/) Barbara has created this great blog in which she and may other educators around the world write posts about any topic under the sun of education. You can find a wide variety of topics and Barbara’s blog is a collection of wonderful pieces to read!
10. Jamie Keddie (http://www.jamiekeddie.com) One of my favourite blogs from day one! Jamie just keeps coming up with ideas of how to use images in the classroom. This blog is PACKED with ideas and I have used several of them. It is one of those blogs that you just keep on recommending to others! Thank you so much, Jamie!
Thank you to all of the aforementioned bloggers – those who tagged me and those included in the list – and thank you to all of those who I did not manage to mention here. A million thanks for helping me learn every day!