One of the greatest advantages of belonging to online networks is that you have daily access to people who are talented, smart, creative, and (most importantly) generous about sharing those abilities. Events like the Edublog Awards are lovely affirmation of my belief that we really are better when we work together.
I currently give most of my online time to three networks: Teaching Village (this blog), International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi.pro), and #ELTChat on Twitter. I KNOW that the people I work with are incredible, but it’s even nicer when other people recognize them as well. That’s what nominations do–help us notice the great things that people are doing to help other teachers and improve the teaching profession.
First, a huge thank you on behalf of the guest authors on Teaching Village. I am always thrilled to have Teaching Village nominated for anything, but am especially happy to see the blog nominated in the “Best Group Blog” category! (“Whoop!” as Villager Vicky Loras would say!) With 70 guest authors from every corner of the EFL world (and growing), I am lucky to be the steward for such a fabulous group of Villagers. (P.S. If you’re on facebook, please “like” our new Teaching Village page. Thanks!)
Now, here’s my hat tip to the guest authors for Teaching Village, the faculty and associates for iTDi, and my co-moderators for ELTChat who have received nominations this year:
“You’ve got to be a teacher to get it” by Henrick Oprea
“B is for Bad language learner” by Scott Thornbury
“Teacher Development 2.0″ by Steven Herder
“Blog Challenge: What’s your story?” by Vicky Loras
“Don’t CC Ceci, send ‘er a TO” by Brad Patterson
When you visit the Edublog Award nominations pages, you’ll discover equally wonderful online residents who aren’t on my list, simply because they’re not active in one of the three specific networks I’m highlighting in this post. You should definitely browse through all the nominated blogs and wikis. You’ll feel like a kid at the education candy store. That’s really the value of these kinds of awards–they give us all a chance to discover new blogs, people, and resources to add to our own networks. We all win, that way!
Speaking of winning, if you would like to support any of the blogs, wikis, or tweeter, be sure to vote. The deadline for voting is December 13th. Everyone loves to know that they’re appreciated
And, another p.s. If you’re a guest author here, a member of iTDi, or one of my co-mods on ELTChat and I’ve missed including you here, apologies! Just let me know and I’ll edit to include you. Seems like I’m always missing someone from my lists. It’s not intentional–I’m just surrounded by so many amazing teachers that sometimes it’s hard to keep track of them all!