My Box of Chocolates is a year old today – hope there’s no expiration date !!!!

Happy 1st Blogaversary!!!

A year has passed… wow. My first post (after some incentive from Jason Renshaw and Ceri Jones, for which I’ll be forever grateful) was written on September 25th, 2010.

In that year I wrote 51 posts (this is the 52nd), had over 30,000 visitors, over 1,000 comments, an eduBlog award for runner-up best new blog and have 70 active subscribers. But this anniversary is so much more than numbers…

It’s about connectedness…about finding like-minded teachers all over the world, most of them I would never have the chance to interact with / even meet face-to-face had it not been for Twitter and the blogosphere. I have learned from reading their blog posts, comments to blog posts and tweets. I have learned from them by taking part in webinars they presented. I have learned. I have changed the way I teach in some aspects, I have incorporated new practices in my lessons, I have experimented much, trying to find better ways to do the same things or only validate the way I was doing things.

I found a place where I feel okay and safe to vent, to share what I feel and think about my teaching… a place to share activities I create, activities I adapt; what worked – and perhaps more importantly, didn’t – in the classroom with my students. I found a place to share my insecurities and shortcomings, and not feel bad about them. Instead, after sharing, all I got was support and people who have/had been through the same experiences. I felt less alone. And other teachers felt less alone as well. It’s a great thing to realize many of us go through the same challenges and doubts, we all feel down and insecure now and then, we all feel a bit lost once in a while.

And for all that I have said, the friends I’ve made because of it, the new-found confidence my readers have given me… I am thankful. May the next year be even more fruitful, hopefully being able to blog more often and continue connecting through here. I wish I could send a box of chocolate as a thank you to each of you. :-) You make a difference.

A Thank You Note

This is, as the title says, a thank you note. This past week I was voted first runner-up for best new blog by EduBlogs. I am incredibly humbled by it – and greatly motivated as well. Being nominated had already been a great award for me, just by being listed among so many incredible blogs – some of which I discovered through the list of nominees. As Jason Renshaw said in his post, we are all winners, especially for the fantastic showing of ELT participation in the blogosphere.

 

So I this post is to thank my amazing PLN for everything I have learned from them, for the motivating discussions, the great links to articles and tools to use in class, for the thought-provoking blog posts, the fun convos, for being who they are. And for the vote of confidence. I hope I am able to  keep participating and posting to be deserving of this. And a thank you for everyone who voted on the Edublog Awards, not only the ones who kindly voted on this blog, but everybody. I think we should help support initiatives likes this, who incentives the use of the web for professional development and sharing, as well as spread the word about the wonderful educators we have around. There are few initiatives like that available.

 

A thank you to a multicultural PLN

Of Unexpected Wonderful Surprises – My EduBlog Nomination

I started blogging on September 25 – a little over 2 months ago. And I did so because as I was introduced to the wonderful world of the blogosphere I started posting comments on many of the fantastic blogs by teachers/educators I read. And sometimes those blog posts made me think and reflect and the comments started not being enough. And with the incentive of the great PLN I have, I decided to give it a shot. And it’s been the most rewarding experience. I have learned so much as I wrote the posts, as I read and replied to comments… It has put me in contact with even more great educators. It was an unexpected, wonderful surprise and addition to my life.

 

 

And this week I was honored to be nominated by some members of my PLN to the “Best new Blog – EduBlog Awards”. It was yet, another unexpected wonderful surprise that only motivated me even more to work harder at posting and sharing. So I’d like to thank those who thought of my blog, among so many fabulous blogs, for this. I’m very flattered you found me worthy. And take the opportunity to thank all the people who have visited and read my blog, whether you’ve left a comment or not.

 

 

 

 

And for those who haven’t voted yet, you can do so by clicking on the badge above… It will take you to the category I was nominated for :-))) There are some wonderful blogs, all well worth a visit and a read.