WordPress puts together quite a nice ‘Your Blog in 2014’ package. You can see the one for sendaiben.org here:
Next up, goals for 2015.
Well, this year went by fast! In a lot of ways 2014 was a good one for me.
I was able to do a fair bit of travelling and presenting, things went well at both the university and Cambridge, and I learned a lot.
Unfortunately I neglected this blog, and haven’t posted as frequently as I would have liked to.
Here are my highlights of 2014:
I will be working on my annual review and plans for 2015 over the next week or so, and will post some of my educational goals here in the new year.
Hope you are all enjoying a bit of a break. Happy holidays!
I just read a fantastic essay on the role of character and success, and how it might be changing due to our society’s evolution. Check it out here.
From a teaching perspective, this underscores the importance of helping our students learn how to work together and collaborate.
This year I was again lucky enough to be able to attend the JALT National Conference in Tsukuba. It’s no secret that I prefer the intimate, geeky atmosphere of the Pan-SIG conference to the sprawling opulence of the national, and to be honest I wasn’t super-excited about going to Tsukuba. The dearth of transport links meant taking the shinkansen down to Tokyo, then the Tsukuba Express back up to Tsukuba. Grumble grumble.
However, I was wrong this year about both the conference (which was excellent) and Tsukuba (which I ended up liking quite a bit). Humble pie for brunch today.
So what was so good about this year’s conference? As a predictable blogger, I have a list for you:
So I may have to rethink my attitude towards the national conference. I guess the more people you know the better it becomes in aggregate, and I’m starting to feel like I know most of the people at JALT 🙂
Next year’s conference is in Shizuoka again. O-tanoshimi da ne!