This has been a very social disaster. I first heard about the quake on Twitter, and when friends started checking in, they did so on Facebook. Even when the phones and electricity stopped working, social networks carried on, largely because they could be accessed via mobile phones. It’s where people shared their stories–staying overnight with [...]
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Like many people in Japan (at least those who still have electricity) I’ve been watching the news since yesterday, breathing a sigh of relief as each friend checks in or is found, and still worried about the many who have still not yet been heard from. Share the post “Aftershocks”FacebookTwitterGoogle+
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If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you may have noticed that the guest author list and the blogroll have disappeared from my sidebar. They were OK when I only had a few Villagers and only followed a few blogs. But as I added more guest authors and discovered more blogs I began tot [...]
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I was in Okayama last weekend for the OUP Teaching Workshops. Okayama is famous for several things, including a story many of you know (at least in translation) and a food enjoyed by the main character in that story. Finding the name of the story and the name of the food is your webquest for [...]
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This Valentine’s Day, since all the chocolate in Japan goes to men, I’m enjoying spending some quality time with the longest (non-family) relationship in my life: teaching. Share the post “Teaching: a love story”FacebookTwitterGoogle+
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Sendai was the first stop for this year’s OUP Teaching Workshop series, and what a great place to begin! Share the post “Back from Sendai, with souvenirs!”FacebookTwitterGoogle+
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What do your students call you? Does it matter? Share the post “What’s in a name?”FacebookTwitterGoogle+
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It’s the last day of 2010, and a good time to reflect on the year that’s nearly done. This is the 110th post since I began this blog in June of 2009. I know that’s not a lot compared to really prolific bloggers, but it’s enough to thrill me. I began [...]
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Happy Holidays from Teaching Village to all its Villagers* At this time, and throughout the year, may you find yourself living in peace surrounded by love and teaching in joy! With warm hugs from cold Japan, Barbara * You’re a Villager if you have written guest posts, have left comments, or are a regular reader. [...]
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JALT Nagoya was even better than expected. I enjoyed seeing old friends, meeting new friends, and buying books. I left with a head full of new ideas and a heart full of warm fuzzy feelings. I also left without the AC power adapter for my laptop. Share the post “For Want of a Power Adapter”FacebookTwitterGoogle+
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