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August 2012 blogging challenge

The last few months have been very busy for me, and I have neglected this blog terribly.

I just finished my grades for this semester at the university, so I am looking forward to a couple of months working on projects that had been pushed onto the back burner. One of those projects is this blog.

In order to get back into the swing of things, I am going to post something every weekday this month, starting with this post today.

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Children’s Readers Roundup

Rather than try to come up with a new topic every couple of days, I have decided to review all the children’s readers we use and write one post for each series. That should keep me going for a while, and hopefully turn into a useful resource for teachers considering their next purchase.

I have written briefly about a couple of series on the blog:

Story Street (10.12.22)
Oxford Reading Tree (10.10.23)
SRA (09.08.13)

but they were all fairly superficial posts. I plan to go much more in-depth this time around. There will also be a big comparison post at the end.

I’m quite excited about this project.

There is just one concern, which is the legality of posting content as part of a review. Does anyone know what is acceptable with regards to posting photos (of text, artwork, the outside cover of the book, CDs, etc.) taken by me?

I will probably contact the publishers just to make sure, but any advice or experiences would be much appreciated!

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for Chiang Mai tonight, to attend Thai TESOL. It will be my first conference outside of Japan, and I am looking forward to presenting to a completely new crowd.

I’ll be talking about “General English Education in North-East Asia”, based on observations from my visits to universities in Hong Kong and Seoul.

I saw an interesting Youtube mashup of people apologising for not updating their video blogs. The fascinating thing was that everyone, men and women, seven-year-olds and seventy-year-olds, ¬†pretty much said exactly the same thing: “I’m sorry I haven’t posted for a while, things have been really busy…”.

I hope to have more for you as we move into 2011.


The Archive

Sounds like something out of the Matrix, doesn’t it?

The content from my old blog will be migrated over here gradually (if/when I have time). In the meantime, if you are looking for it, you can find it here.


hello WordPress

Well, I am joining the ranks of the big boys I guess, by installing WP.