Can you guess which one is me?
Image by Pieter Musterd
I won’t re-list anyone from Adam’s 10 but I would like to send special mentions to: @NergizK, a fellow MA student of mine who helped get me started on Twitter in the first place; @ozge and @burcuakyol, who both provide some invaluable local context; @englishraven, one of my favourite bloggers; and @harrisonmike, a great TEFL teacher as well as an all-round ‘nice’ bloke.
Anyway, in no particular order, here’s my 10:
1. @tombarrett – Tom is the king of all things EdTech in the UK and a great educator as well. He is the creator of the ‘Interesting Ways…’ collaborative slideshow series, which can be found on his blog, edte.ch
2. @jasontbedell – another EdTech specialist, this time from the US. He offered me encouragement in my early days of tweeting and blogging and his Professional Development 2.0 series on his blog is well worth a read.
3. @ShellTerrell – anyone working in ELT or education who is serious about professional development should already be following Shelly! Always tweeting fantastic ideas, advice and links, backed up by her award-winning blog and present at every online event, some people even speculate there must be two Shellys for her to be able to do all the great work she does!
4. @cecilialcoelho – Beyond being English teachers, Cecilia and I have little in common: she’s a Brazilian teaching in her home country, I’m a native speaker teaching abroad; she works in a language school teaching teens and adults, I work in a regular school with 4th graders. However, as she pointed out in our recent collaboration, we seem to share a lot of the same beliefs and ideas about teaching. Also, for some unknown reason, she is one of the few people on this planet to find my jokes (especially the puns) funny! And her blog, Box of Chocolates, is always a good read.
5. @vickyloras – Same as above, Vicky and I teach in very different settings but she’s a valuable part of my PLN. Always good for an insightful convo and a regular re-tweeter of my blog posts! Vicky hasn’t been very active on her blog recently but I’m looking forward to more posts from her soon.
6. @nutrich – Richard is someone I have more in common with: we are students at the same university (albeit me by distance and him onsite), we both support Manchester United and we both appreciate the humour of Monty Python. He’s also a regular contributor to ELTchat and he has possibly the best blog title out there: I’d like to think that I help people learn English
7. @DavidWarr – I only started following David recently after discovering his blog, Language Garden, which is already one of my favourites. His ‘language plant’ images are eye-catching and his blog posts are well-written and thought-provoking.
8. @hoprea – Another teacher from Brazil with a great blog, Henrick can always be relied upon for high-quality blog posts, interesting tweets and great convos. I look forward to a round of Devassas with him and Cecilia one day. Mine’s a Ruiva!
9. @gret – Greta’s love of teaching and love for her students shows in everything she tweets. She oversees a blogging project for her class, Sharing Good News, as well as her own blog, About a Teacher. It’s also great to share a connection with another teacher of young learners as well as with a San Lorenzo supporter!
10. @michelleworgan - Another recent but valuable addition to my PLN. Again, it’s great to connect with another teacher who works with kids, especially as she shares such great lesson ideas on her blog, So this is English…
Hard to pick out only ten as there are many more people I enjoy following, especially all those involved in and contributing to ELTchat and the Dogme Blog Challenge.
So, come on then – name your ten!
Here's Cecilia's list: Only Ten???
And Mike Harrison's: Ten twitterers to tweet