Why Recognition Matters

Teaching Village has been nominated for another award!

This time, it’s as one of the Lexiophiles’ Top 100 Language Teaching Blogs. This is the post where I would normally thank them for the award and give credit to my guest authors, who are largely responsible for any recognition Teaching Village receives. However, I just did that about four posts ago to acknowledge our TEFL Site of the Month award, so it would feel a bit redundant.

(We have added 4 additional guest voices to the Village since that post, so I guess I can at least include my thanks to them. Thank you Henrick Oprea, Melania Paduraru, Kathy Kampa Vilina and Chuck Vilina!)

I have mixed feelings about awards. A teacher once told me that he avoids competitions because they tend to be exclusive rather than inclusive. It’s a valid point, since each time one blog is recognized it means that others aren’t. Since I prefer inclusive environments, I’m always a bit uncomfortable when I find myself doing a “solo” in the spotlight. By the same token, anytime someone gives me a spotlight, I get a chance to shine it on other teachers who may not get the individual attention that they deserve. That opportunity seems worth any personal discomfort.

One thing I’ve learned is that recognition can make a big difference to teachers, especially EFL teachers who work in traditional school systems. Some of my guest authors have written to share good things that have happened for them–being asked to write guest posts on other blogs, being asked to submit articles for publication, being contacted by publishers to give workshops, even being contacted by publishers about writing projects. And, for some reason, school administrators are more willing to at least listen to new teaching ideas, if they are put forward by “an award-winning” teacher. So, as long as teachers think that exposure here brings good things their way, I’ll embrace any awards this blog receives!

There are a lot of really great blogs nominated in the same category as Teaching Village. Some are by teachers who have been guest authors here. Others are by teachers I hope to welcome as guest authors in the future. All of them are by education professionals who would really appreciate recognition, and for whom an award might make a career difference.

So, while I won’t say that you should vote for Teaching Village, I will say that you should vote. You never know what kind of difference your encouragement might make for another teacher.

Vote the Top 100 Language Teaching Blogs 2010

And while you at Lexiophiles, be sure to vote for a blog in each of the other categories:

Language Learning

Language Technology

Language Professionals

And finally, you should definitely check out the history of Lexiophiles Top 100 Language blogs lists. The hows and whys are interesting reading.

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

About Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto has taught English and ESL in the US, and EFL in Japan. An EFL teacher and teacher trainer since 1985, she has conducted workshops throughout Asia, the USA and Latin America. Barbara’s motto is ‘Always try new things’, so these days, when she’s not teaching, writing, or giving workshops, she’s exploring the potential of new technologies for collaboration and professional development. You can often find Barbara online working with teachers around the world as Program Director for International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi.pro) or on her new blog for English teaches who work with young learners, Teaching Children English.

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3 Responses

  1. Voting mission completed! What a tough choice, though! All prominent teacher-bloggers in one category… One last thing: you get the recognition you deserve- this is how life works. So you surely deserve all prizes and positive feedback. Keep it up Barbara and we will all be there to clap while you are in the spotlight! :)

  2. Otis says:

    Congratulations to you and all the other guest authors. It’s not an easy task to bring together teachers coming from many different places. For this initiative and effort, I think you, even though as an coordinator, deserve the prize, too.

    The paragraph about the inclusive vs exclusive environments is a nice touch to me. It reminds me that sometimes we abide by the rules of the game in order to get closer to our ideal.

  1. May 14, 2010

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