Refreshing and Recharging

It has been a busy, exciting year.

  • Karen Frazier, Ritsuko Nakata, Carolyn Graham and I finished the 4th edition of Let’s Go.
  • I did workshops on the 5 largest islands in the Japanese archipelago (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa, in case you’re curious), in Korea, and online.
  • Chuck Sandy, Kate Cory-Wright and I co-wrote a course, English for Teachers, for International Teacher Development Institute.
  • I wrote two columns: Teacher’s File 2.0 for Teachers Learning with Children, and Barb’s Bits and Bytes for ELT News.
  • Most Wednesdays found me helping to moderate ELT Chat with Marisa Constantidides, Shaun Wilding, Berni Wall and Shelly Terrell.
  • I taught. And blogged.
2012 promises to be just as busy, and just as exciting. In January and February, I’ll have the privilege of co-moderating Digital Storytelling with Young Learners for TESOL Electronic Village Online, with Shelly Terrell, Özge Karaoglu, Esra Girgin, Jennifer Verschoor, David Dodgson, Michelle Worgan, and Sabrina de Vita. In March I’ll be giving a presentation at my very first IATEFL Conference, in Glasgow as part of a symposium with the ELT Chat moderators. In between, I’ll be on the road again for Oxford Teaching Workshops.


In a presentation at JALT 2011, Chuck and Shelly and I included a team Pecha Kucha, called “Everything I needed to know about social media I learned in kindergarten.” One of the important lessons is to take naps. We all need time to unplug, reconnect with family, recharge and refresh. So, for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to take a bit of a nap.


While I’m away, I’m going to re-publish some of the early posts on Teaching Village. The blog has a lot more readers than when these intrepid souls agreed to write as my first Villagers, and I think you’ll enjoy them! I’ll check in every once in awhile, but if there’s a bit of a delay in your comment being moderated, I apologize in advance.


I’ll be back in January, ready to start again. Thank you for the kind regard you’ve shown Teaching Village (and me!) throughout the year. You make me always want to do my best.



p.s. If you’d like to see the PK I referred to, it’s here.


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4 Responses

  1. Chiew says:

    What you’ve done is just simply amazing! A dream state rest is what you deserve, no less. Looking forward to your return! Have a whale of your time, Barb! Your family needs you! We do, too, but we can wait :)

    • Barbara says:

      A dream state sounds lovely, but I’ll settle for being a beach bum for awhile :)

      Thanks for the kind words, Chiew!

  2. A nap is good for the body and the mind, and you certainly deserve to have one!
    Get some rest!
    Your faithful readers will be here when you get back!