Tony Gurr

My 12-from-12…(NOT the #eddies12 – promise)!

In News & Updates (from the CBO), Technology on 04/12/2012 at 10:28 am

Around about this time last year, a fellow hanım köylü (*) – from big,bad İstanbul this time, Adam Simpson (aka @yearinthelife) issued a “blog challenge”.


Actually, I think this may have been how we “met”…

Dummies (self-promotion)

…but we still ain’t got round to writing “the” book!


Ne se, the challenge was “simple” – engage in a bit of shameless self-promotion and flog-your-own-blog by choosing your Top 11 posts from the year 2011.


…or so I thunked!


I was relatively “new” to the old blogging game at that time – what a difference a year makes – and, felt I had to “justify” why I was participating in such a heinous act of bloggery-floggery.

I did this…by digging up Jeffrey Zeldman’s great piece on self-promotion (written a couple of years back) – and noted that Jeff had said that it was “all good”if you follow the Yedi Rules of Bloggery:

  • Marketing is not bragging, and touting one’s wares is not evil.
  • There is a difference between being arrogant about yourself as a person and being confident that your work has some value.
  • Do it right, and only “haters” will hate you for it. To get, you must give.

I really liked that third one (it just made it “alright”) – as well as the way Jeff  spelled it out a wee bit more:

  • …direct self-promotion is ineffective and will go unnoticed unless it is backed by a more indirect (and more valuable) form of marketing: namely, sharing information and promoting others.


Actually, I just wanted to be a smarty-pants and come up with something different problem was the owners of far younger stocks of grey matter pipped me to the post with the coolest “anti-11-from-11 ideas”.


Self-promotion (cartoon)

BUT…my “title” (**) was pretty cool!


Adam has done the same this year hence the title of this post.

The problem is that I had used up so many of my valuable cells of grey matter (to “flog” the “blog” last year) that I could not come up with an original way to rise to his 12-from-12 Blog Challenge this Annus Horribalis!

Call it “bloggery-floggery block”…


Until…last night!

…when my “mentor” Obi-Wan Kenobi came to me in a dream

The Obi-Wan DREAM

He did SO! I kid you not…


One of the reasons I have grown to love blogging is that it has allowed me to re-connect with a side (of me) that was (almost) beaten out of methrough my years of skooling!

…as well as being able to jump on my soapbox vis-à-vis allthingslearning!


You see…when I was a “kiddie”….I loved “art”…I loved “photography”…I loved “visual creativity” – BUT I never really knew that it would be OK to say “no” to my TEACHers…when they told me I was not very “good” at it (and should “stick with” the “maths” and “economics” – I did – for a while)!



So, young Adam…my 12-from-12 this year…is based on my favourite “images” from the blog!

…in no particular order (other than the way they popped up in my Word Press “media library”) – they are (and click on the picture to be “teleported” to the post itself):


IMAGE 01This is quite a recent image that I have “upgraded” a fair few times. I love this one because of the way different people see it in different ways (“is he having a dig at us again” or “Yes, I can…I bloody well can”)

REFLECTing ourselves


IMAGE 02You know I just “luvs” me questions. This is from a recent post on “classroom observation” – a powerful question that helps many a TEACHer take more of a “LEARNing Perspective” on what they “do” in their classrooms (BTW – these look “simple” but take a great deal of work to produce).

TP FQ 04


IMAGE 03Funny, I should have this one in a Top 12 List! This one was created for the postscript of the series on “UNcovering Our Curriculum” – when I pointed out that people really shouldn’t be asking “me” for lists of things that might help “them” to “fix” stuff  ‘cos that just makes me “angry” (and…you really wouldn’t like me when I’m “angry Tony Hoca”)!

UNcover - HULK ask me again


IMAGE 04But, this was the image I created to manage the “save” in the same series (I do not get “angry” very often – promise)! Taken from a quote from one of the best consultants I know…I love the fact that an inward journey can (even) help us change the imprinting we pick up from our genes, parents, skooling…and ourselves!

Block (fingerprint quote)


IMAGE 05This has to be one of my faves from all my 2012 bouts of bloggery. It captures so much of what I believe needs to happen in our “curriculum thunking”!

UNcover Paradigm JUMP


IMAGE 06This was a quote I used in the same “series”. So powerful…and I think Usain Bolt was wiping the floor with everyone in London 2012 – when I did this one. Actually, there was another image I almost chose…took bloody ages to build…but I can only have 12 Top images (can’t I, Adam)? 

Uncover - Finish Line


IMAGE 07Again, one of my favourite images from this year. It sums up a lot of my ideas…even more of my “gripes” with the way we “do” the business of education in so many of our schools, colleges and universities (as well as our so-called “flipped classrooms” – the only thing they are “flipping off” is….)!

LEARNing not a newspaper


IMAGE 08Again…this one took abs0-bloody-lutely ages to “put together”. Actually, for many of my blog posts – I can run the text off while waiting for the kettle to boil…now, coming up with an image (to replace the 1,000 words I would have used) – that takes hours …sometimes! This was, in fact, my “stand” against all those “digital cheerleaders” we see at so many of our conferences – cheerleaders that do not always “walk-thier-talk” – it’s not about the toyz!



IMAGE 09This one comes from me also getting on me soap-box about allthingsTECH! I luv me TECH…I do! But, we gotta have some “21C Thunking” (and Curriculum, and Assessment, and….) to go with our “21C Toys”!

What are we doing (with TECH)


IMAGE 10 This was just me “showing off”. But, here’s the “secret” (no…not Victoria’s…but Tony’s) – this one was actually “created” on PowerPoint…not too “shabby” (even if I do say so meself…and I do)!

Is is the TECH or the QUESTIONS


IMAGE 10bTold you I would struggle to keep this list to “12-from-12”! Actually, this was me “updating” a few older PowerPoint slides and turning four of them into a “sexier” single slide for a keynote I did just before Summer.

It IS about


IMAGE 11Still LOVE this one…simple, true…and (even) a wee bit 21C to boot!

Best Teachers


IMAGE 12Now, you are probably going to accuse me of “cheating” – and scream “Liar, Lair….pants on fire”! BUT, hey…it’s the “same” image…just self-plagiarised three times! Besides…this is my blog (and the rules of “my-bat-my-ballstill apply)!

GREAT TEACHERS three-in-one


OK – done n’ dusted!

I hope you enjoy seeing them all (again, for some of you) as much as I did “doing” them! The “posts” ain’t half-bad, too…


Till 13-from-13, Adam…my man!


* Google Translate – will you please, please, please….get your bloody act together! “Hanım Köylü” does NOT mean “Peasant Woman” – it refers to “…he who hath travelleth many a mile to inhabiteth the village of his womaneth”…


** Take a look at the original 11-from-11 posting: LOVE YOUR WORK, DARLING – BUT LOVE ME OWN MORE! …to see that self-plagiarising is (really…really, really) OK!

  1. I like the imagery. I’m seeing similarities of style between you and Ana Cristina. Looking forward to the upcoming collaboration at

    • Vance,

      Why thank you, sir 😉

      Totally agree – and apologise for being so sluggish in getting my “MOOC-cap” on.

      Good news – I have just postponed a 3-day trip this week so I’ll have some time to do what-we-are-all-doing-with-allthingsMOOC 😉

      TY, again and feel free to “drop” inanytime, anyhow, anyway 😉


  2. Finally something new! Really liked the twist you introduced here because I find those “top posts of my blog” rather …. pointless? Unless, of course, there is a reason to link back to them.

    And the images are terrific! As Vance mentions above, imagery is quite important to me, and though you regularly highlight relevant issues in education, the selection of your images are impeccable – and trust me, I know the time it takes to find exactly what one wants! 🙂

    Keep on innovating Tony – educational blogs need fresh, cool air!

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