I missed the JALTCALL conference this year but was happy to see that some of the plenaries were videotaped and uploaded to Youtube. In this one, Rab Paterson outlines some of the things we could and should be doing with our learners in Japan.
Found this in my draft box
This teacher has the right idea about engaging learners. I wonder if this would work with my students.
Educated but Misinformed
I stumbled across this interesting blog post with some timely reminders for how to help learners avoid misunderstandings and develop a little healthy humility and skepticism. Classes start for me tomorrow. Wish me luck.
How cool is this?
A friend just sent me a link to this company in Tokushima. This is what I want to do when I grow up . . .
E-Book on Instructional Design
Free e-book with short profiles of people working in instructional design.
This looks like a really interesting documentary about the traditional way of making SAKE. I looked around, but haven’t figured out how to order it.
How A Simple Question Can Be A Powerful Motivator
Interesting blog post about asking negative questions.
Beer Zen – Issue 8
Congrats to Mike Post for publishing issue 8 of Beer Zen. Great stuff!
Writing your way to happiness
A big THANKS to Donna Tatsuki for sharing this link to a blog entry from the NY Times about research on the psychological benefits of writing and editing our own stories.
Iwate JALT Write Up
A big thank you to Jason Hill for writing up a review of my talk at Iwate JALT. I enjoyed meeting with teachers in Akita and Iwate, and look forward to future trips.