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Blogging: the argument for blogging the Dublin EFL Classroom

Originally presented at the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG Meeting, Dublin, Ireland. November 2012
by

John Whipple

on 7 December 2013

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Transcript of Blogging: the argument for blogging the Dublin EFL Classroom

The
Dublin EFL Classrooom
Blogging
the
argument
When?
As soon as they know it's ok to respect their own work and their students.

As soon as you allow for mistakes.

As soon as you are ready to not read every post and trust that they like their learners and learning.

When you don't own them.
Why?
to encourage the development of professionalism

to investigate the methods in the private English
language school

to begin addressing the knock-on effects of
technology on communication in education

to prepare for other ends

to think about what we're doing
Who?
TEACHERS.
Not tech champions
Not Directors of Studies
Not Academics
Not Students
...not today.
Where?
Outside.
In class.
On the www: blogspot, wordpress...
Not in a proprietary space.
How?
Pay them
Pay them
Encourage them
Commit to them
Read them
I don't really know,
...but do.
We in private language schools know that the experience a student has at our school is only as good the least committed teacher.
Learn about them.
We can't perfect all of our practices in private.
Our images of teaching make up our expectations
The tools we provide our learners only reflect our imaginings of what they need ...or they are copies of someone else. Using copies kills the critical, creative immense value of working with real students.

What?
What do they have to say?
What are they so good at?
What are you getting at?
What will we learn from
EFL teachers?
We'll find out about us.
We'll find out that our small conversation only becomes important when we...
go outside
and invite
everyone in.

"Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in."
~
Anthem
, Leonard Cohen
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