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A Post That (Really) Made Me THUNK…

In Classroom Teaching, News & Updates (from the CBO), Teacher Learning, The Paradigm Debate on 11/09/2013 at 9:20 am

Are we too egocentric

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Yes, that’s it folks!

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That little quote ripped off from Grant’s latest blog post – and turned into one of my wee graphicsthat is my post for today!

Well, I am travelling these days (a lot) and that’s the best I can manage.

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Perhaps, I should not apologise too much – as it is such a powerful THUNK in itself.

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Read it again…and pop over to the post – for a closer look.

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What do you think?

How egocentric are we – as TEACHers?

How egocentric are YOU?

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Take a look at that last sentence (and the word “merely”)…now, that might ruffle a feather or 3!

You are here (universe) Ver 02

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…or…

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Has Grant missed the mark with this one?

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What I want my TEACHers to “say” to me…from now on!

In Adult Learners, News & Updates (from the CBO) on 31/08/2013 at 12:24 pm

06 Creativity FQs (balance TG ver)

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A while back, I signed up for one of those “training programmes”.

You know…those professional, cutting-edge (or “bleeding edge”), high “value-added” 5-day courses – at a “posh hotel”, of course!

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Yes, I am now missing an appendage or three!

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I won’t tell you what the “course” was about…don’t want to embarrass meself (or the trainer)!

But, suffice to say, it wasn’t a very pleasant LEARNing opportunity…for me, at least. OK – I LEARNed a few new (and quite “sexy”) buzz-words or rather LEARNed “about” a few buzz-words…

The food and snacks were great!

Have to admit that…

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What I will tell you is that I heard a lot of this:

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  • This is the CONTENT I will DELIVER

LEARNing (cannot be delivered) Ver 02

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  • This is the KNOWLEDGE you will leave the PROGRAMME with…

EdL (Care and Emotions)

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After a wee bit of thunking, I have decided not to do one of these programmes again – or, at least, till I hear a “trainer” say this:

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What I want my TEACHers to say to me

…to me!

– and “mean” it…

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See! I can do short, bite-sized posts!

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2013/14 ELT and ELL Conference Calendar for Turkey…Ver 2.0

In Conferences, ELT and ELL, News & Updates (from the CBO), Teacher Learning on 19/08/2013 at 9:19 am

ELT & ELL Conf Calendar (TG ver)

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As you all know, I don’t usually get the Conference Calendar rolling till mid-November – but a couple of people asked me if I can spread the word about a handful of events that are coming up in…

Canım Türkiyem (TG Ver 03)

…after Summer. 

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So, I did Ver 1.0 of the “Conference Calendar” a few weeks back. This is the first expanded version…and, as you might also remember, I usually start with the one that only the “rich kids” can go to!

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The International events over 2013-14… 

So, here you go…(still) without the “sauce” (that will be in Ver 3.0):

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Of course, we have the “BIGGIES”:

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  • 15-18 October (2013)
  • EDUCAUSE 2013 – Anaheim (California, USA) & Online
  • Theme: EdTech in Higher Ed

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  • 22-25 January (2014)
  • BETT 2014 – London (ExCel London – London’s Royal Docks)
  • Theme: Generic 

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  • 13-15 March (2014)
  • TESOL Arabia (20th International Conference) – Location – TBC
  • Theme: TBC

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  • 26-29 March (2014)
  • TESOL 2014 – Portland, Oregon (International & EL Expo)
  • Theme: ELT for the Next Generation (See also #tesol14 on Twitter)

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  • 02-05 April (2014)
  • IATEFL 2014 (48th Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition) – Harrogate (International Conference Centre)
  • Theme: Generic

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…but, I also wanted to add a couple of others (that have potential):

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  • 04-08 August (2014)
  • Pilgrims – 40th Anniversary Conference, Kent University, Canterbury,
  • Theme: TBC

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but...

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…I know why you have really come to this post…the conferences and events where we can get some decent çay and (even a simit):

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CONFERENCE cay ve simit (2013 to 14) TG ver

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Seriously, have you ever had a simit in London…in Ireland…in Harrogate (!)

…just don’t get me started on that crappy “tea” they serve there…!

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Canım Türkiyem has been building up a great reputation for its events over the past few years. The çay and simit help, of course, but it is the sheer range of our events that really does the job…and the dedication of the teams that put these events on!

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So, without further ado – here’s the ones we have on the calendar, thus far:

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SEPTEMBER 2013

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OCTOBER 2013

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  • 21-22 October
  • The 2nd International Conference on Internet , E-Learning & Education Technologies (ICIEET 2013) – The Marmara Taksim (İstanbul, Turkey )
  • Theme: Generic

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NOVEMBER 2013

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DECEMBER 2013

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MAY 2014

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JUNE 2014

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As ever, there are many, many more in the pipeline – I just love it when all the schools start scrapping for those ever-so-valuable weekends in March and April…but not as much as all the publishers and their staff!

I’ll let you know more as more are confirmed – but do drop us a comment or 3, if you hear of one that is confirmed.

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Creativity (Annie Dillard quote 01)

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2012/13 Conference Calendar
2011/12 Conference Calendar

2013/14 ELT and ELL Conference Calendar for Turkey…Ver 1.0

In Conferences, ELT and ELL, News & Updates (from the CBO) on 19/07/2013 at 11:29 am

ELT & ELL Conf Calendar (TG ver)

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I don’t usually get the Conference Calendar rolling till mid-November – but a couple of people have asked me if I can spread the word about a handful of events that are coming up in…

Canım Türkiyem (TG Ver 03)

…after Summer.

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So, here you go…without the “sauce” for now:

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OCTOBER 2013

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  • 21-22 October 2013
  • The 2nd International Conference on Internet , E-Learning & Education Technologies (ICIEET 2013) – The Marmara Taksim (İstanbul, Turkey )
  • Theme: Generic

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NOVEMBER 2013

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DECEMBER 2013

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As ever, I’ll start looking around properly to see if there are any other decent conferences on the horizon…in Autum – but let me know if you hear of anything sexy!

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Canım Türkiyem

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2012/13 Conference Calendar
2011/12 Conference Calendar

AND…the 500K Winner is… (Cross my heart and hope to…)!

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 22/06/2013 at 9:01 pm

WINNERS logo (Blog) TG ver

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And, so…without further ado…honest to God (this time)!

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Our Forth, Third and Second WINNERS are:

  • Anne Hendler (AKA @AnneHendler) 
  • Asena Çifçi
  • Dean Cuming

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And, our 500,000th CHAMPION is:

  • Funda Gökce (AKA @fgokcan)

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job-well-done

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I’d also like to say a BIG:

Thank you (glass image)

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…to everyone that follows the blog or just pops in from time to time!

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Guess…I need to get the ole THUNKing cap on…got a post or 3 to come up with!

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Till then…

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Keep Calm and Take Care

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…but remember…

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TELLıng theTRUTH (Ver 03)

AND…the 500K Winner is… (4REAL…this time)!

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 22/06/2013 at 1:35 pm

We have a winner

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Last time I did a post like this…I was very “naughty“!

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I dragged the post out forEVER…and then, said “C Ya”!

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Some of youquite rightly socalled me a real…

Donkey (Shrek)

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To make matters worse, I really played up the fact that I had said:

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WinnerTakesItAll

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That’s just MEAN! So MEAN….

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So this time…we have:

WINNERS logo (Blog) TG ver

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WINNERSyep…4 of them!

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First prize…is the set of three books…I promised!

Second, Third and Fourth prize…is a surprise!

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but...

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I’ll tell you all…in a few hours!

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What? Did you say…

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Tony, you are a…

SUN of a DONKEY

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HEY, least you have some extra time, now!

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AND…the 500K Winner is…

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 21/06/2013 at 9:36 pm

DELAYED…Sorry!

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500K logo

Probably for another 12-18 hrs!

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Yes, I know…I know!

…and a few of you are probably saying:

liar-liar-pants-on-fire

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I’m usually so good at predicting these things!

I’m guessing the NASDAQ “mini-crash” of the last 24 hrs has slowed EDUblogging traffic all over the world!

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I know one of you was hoping to open up this post and scream:

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Winner 02

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Well, someone willthere is still a window:

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I am a dog of my word!

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As I noted in the orginal post – the prizes will go to the “commentor” that comes closest to the 500,000th visitor to the blog.  If you have already posted a comment…you can re-post it – as many times as you like!

OK – the prizes are BOOKS (if you haven’t forgotten what these are)…all good for Summer Reading! Including a copy of my very own (and Laurence’s) “book of Thunks” – Adaptation Studies and LEARNing: New Frontiers

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PLUS…TWO others (written by really famous and smart people)!

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All you have to do is:

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1. Add a COMMENT to this (or the original) post (they will be date and time stamped)

2. Tell me ONE thing you LIKE about the blog…and ONE thing I could LEARN to do better 😉

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İnşallah…by this time tomorrow…I’ll be able to announce:

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4 REAL!

Everybody LIES…

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 19/06/2013 at 12:00 pm

Everybody lies (House poster)

House…love you to bits!

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BUT, come on! Everybody?

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Yes, I know…I know:

Lies damn lies and stats (TG ver 02)

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Well…I NEVER tell lies! NEVER

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OK…maybe the odd, little fib…to “protect” others!

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Damn that blog of mine (ver 02)

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Or…is my over-sharing, acaba?

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Last week, I got all excited about getting to my 10,000th tweet:

10000th tweet

…a milestone is a milestone is a milestone!

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So excited, in fact, that I over-looked an even BIGger numbera BIGger statistic…

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500K logo

Yes, some time over the next 2-3 days (so the Happiness Engineers at WordPress tell me)…someone (maybe YOU) will become my 500,oooth visitorto the ole blog!

Yes (logo)

I kid you not!

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So, to CELEBRATE…

I have 3 copies of my favourite books (and, YES…one of them is my OWN…signed by the “other” author)

Adaptation Studies and LEARNing: New Frontiers

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So “tacky”, I know…the other two books are far better!

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All you have to do is:

1. Add a COMMENT to this post (they will be date and time stamped)

2. Tell me ONE thing you LIKE about the blog…and ONE thing I could LEARN to do better 😉

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You NEVER know…in a couple of days!

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BTW

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House…NOT everybody LIES! – Ask my last “winner“…

(You HAVE to “click” on that little, red link…just have to)!

House (poster)

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Yeah…and YOU, too!

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TOLERANCE…

In Learning & Parenting, News & Updates (from the CBO) on 14/06/2013 at 9:40 am

Today, I have just one thunk

Tolerate ME 01

…and one image!

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I am LEARNing from my new teenage friends…across the pond!

Acts of “Bloggery”…over 2012…(aka “Confessions of a Blogger”)!

In News & Updates (from the CBO) on 01/01/2013 at 11:19 am

My name is Tony…and, I’m a blogger!

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Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

(about my bloggery),

The courage to change the things I can

(with the timing of my bouts of bloggery),

And the wisdom to know the difference

(between “life” and “bloggery”)!

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I woke up this morning (yes, just too “old” these days to have not slept)…wondering whether I could manage the first post of 2013…or…

…go on a New Year’s Day “cruise” up the Bosphorus – with my family!

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Pirate 05

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Choices…choices…choices!

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The THING is...

My inbox was full (“choka” yani…) of those “2012 in Review” posts that those lovely “happiness engineers” (still love that job title) at WordPress have been preparing for us blog-heads over the past 24-hours.

At first, I thunked to meself, “no” it’s just too much to look at all of them!

Put family “first”! Must fight the “urge”….

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I am a simple man…with many guilty pleasures“…and an issue or three with impulse control!

Idiot (inside)

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I started to “read”…“the girls” (and Dexter) were, after all, still asleep!

It is quite addictive…it is…shirously!

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It was interesting to look at all the stats from some of my favourite bloggers…even found a few posts I had “missed”.

Those happiness engineers at WP had pulled out a couple of “tricks” that worked really well.

For example, they suggested an “excerpt” for the “ready-made post” they had gifted me:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 310,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 6 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

What the heck did my blog have to do with Liechtenstein? Never even been there…maybe I should, now!

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Put family “first”! Must fight the “urge”….

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Ne se….

BOTTOM Line

The Bosphorus…and family “won”!

…as they shouldalways!

 

Bad news

But, the little buggar…sorry, blogger on my left shoulder…kept whispering I had to “do” somethink!

SO…

Click HERE to see the complete report.

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Take carehave a wonderful “day off”!

I will…