Janet Biancini and Mike Harrison, two excellent bloggers and paedagogical tinkerers like myself, have to my delight included me in their lists of 10 blogs “worth keeping an eye on”, an initiative originating as “Vale a pena ficar de olho nesse blog“. Thank you!
Now I am to continue the chain by naming 10 more such blogs that haven’t been mentioned yet. That means I can’t mention Chris Adam’s Bits n Bobs/ Show n Tell blog, though it reminds me every day how much more there is to life than lesson plans and deadlines. Or Karenne Sylvester’s Kalinago English blog, by one of the most authentic, articulate and unabashed pullers of strings. Or Darren Elliott’s The Lives of Teachers, one of my very favorite blogs. Or Jamie Keddie, whose infectious love of teaching jumps off his blog. Or Nicky Whitley, whose lesson plans and approach are fresh. Or Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto’s Teaching Village, Lindsay Clandfield’s Six Things, Sue Lyons Jones’s PLN Staff Lounge, the great PLN collecting around Shelley Terrell and co., or Eva Simkesyan. None of those. Others in the close-knit blogging teachers’ circuit have listed them. Sheeeesh.
Well, ok, can it be that the following marvellous, wonderful blogs have yet to be mentioned?
- Vicki Hollett: Learning to speak ‘merican – The lady who injected fun and humor into teaching English for Business writes on pragmatics, mostly
- Stan Carey: Sentence First – On language, one of the esteemed authors at the Macmillan Dictionary Blog (don’t miss his blogroll!)
- Jeffrey Hill: The English Blog – My first recommendation to learners, he finds excellent cartoons and topical videos
- Markus Brendel: Der Englisch Blog – Providing videos with language pointers, games and a forum to German learners of English
- Stew Tunnicliff (“theLingoGuy”): goodopenenglish – Doing community TEFL at the grassroots level, including creative writing
Two of Spotlight’s “corporate” blogs, written for learners of English:
- Dagmar Taylor at Spotlight – Telling very funny, original stories about her children’s bilingual language acquisition
- Ian McMaster at Business Spotlight – I’m starting to understand economics better thanks to his Economics for Amateurs series
And here are some delightful blogs I read for inspiration of various kinds:
- Scot W. Stevenson: USA Erklärt – My favorite blog about US culture in review, explained to Germans in German. Scot lives in Berlin
- S. Abbas Raza et al.: 3 Quarks Daily – My daily dose of global enlightenment, a digest of science, art and literature
- Ze Frank: Ze’s page – My eye-opener. A web mover and shaker whose blog was introduced to me by Lucy Mellersh
Dear bloggers, you can carry on the flame and copy the badge and recommend ten more blogs – perhaps ones not all that well known to your readers.
And dear reader, have you got a favorite blog you can recommend? Also have a look at my blogroll and tell me which ones you like.