It’s a beautiful spring day here in Seoul and whilst sitting outside, enjoying a choco-fudge ice cream (unbeatable at only 700won/70 cents/40 pence), and watching the 3rd grade boys show off their finest football skills in a bid to impress the watching 3rd grade girls, I got thinking about how my involvement with English language education had changed in just the past 18 months.What seemed to be a clear catalyst for many of the changes was my accidental uptake of twitter for professional networking
. I never actually meant to use twitter for professional networking (I believe I initially created the account to let Joey Barton
know about my particular disdain for him). The professional networking started happening when I began following one or two other teachers here in Korea. From there it began snowballing, and my twitter feed eventually became the network of educators around the world it is now.
It’s good to talk!
So here are a few things from the past 18 months that may not have happened if it weren’t for twitter:I
may not have started this blog
. Actually, I didn’t really know what a blog was until some were linked in my twitter feed.I probably wold not have met someone who I now consider my mentor
and friend, Mike Griffin
I definitely would not have presented at three (or any for that matter) conferences.
I definitely would not have been involved with #KELTChat and therefore may not have met people who I now consider colleagues and more importantly friends, to name just a few Alex, Anne, Josette, Gemma and John.
I may not have jointly started the ESL Learners Output Library with John, a project we are still working and presenting on.
I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have begun this morning’s lesson by throwing a ball to my students and asking them questions that reviewing last week’s class. In fact, I wouldn’t be doing a lot of things I do in class that I have learnt from other educators
around the world.I may not have kept my job
when one of the two teachers here had to leave for budget reasons last year.I definitely would not be as involved or passionate about reflective practice
as I am now.
I almost certainly would not have been able to offer my after school class the opportunity to communicate with students in Brazil and Japan.
Finally, as a personal shout out to a friend who is having his wedding party tomorrow, I would most probably would not have been invited to the wedding of two really awesome people, Manpal and his beautiful wife Rachelle!
So what is my point? To be honest I’m not too sure. I know that my point isn’t that we should all be sat on twitter 24/7, especially on beautiful spring days like today and extra-especially when there are choco-fudge ice creams available at such reasonable prices. Actually, I’m not really sure I had a particular point in mind when I started writing this, so, with Friday evening fast approaching, I think I might just live on the wild side and leave this blog post without a point!
I would love to hear from you (either in the comments or on your own blog) about things that have changed for you thanks to your professional network.
Have a wonderful weekend!