Dec 31, 2009

My only resolution is to meet my dear twitter friends in real life.

Happy New Year to my PLN!

Lessons Learned from Great Educators

I was tagged by Shelly Terrell in her wonderful challenge to write about our most inspirational educators.

German was my first foreign language. I studied it for 5 years before other languages came along. These days, however, it's all about English. At school, out of 21 classes that I teach per week only two are German. I write my blog in English, I google in English, I tweet in English, I sometimes communicate with other German teachers in English. However, the most inspirational educators who have deeply influenced me belong to the German side of my education.

Mr. Kazimir Sviben was my primary school German teacher. It was him who opened the door to the amazing world of foreign languages. He was one of the first multitaskers and lifelong learners I have ever met and he always encouraged us to pursue our dreams. His teaching instilled a love of languages in his students, many of whom became language teachers later on.

Professor Viktor Zmegac, my German Literature professor, is one of the most prominent Germanists in Croatia. This learned and versatile scholar is also a very quiet and modest man who has always been enthusiastic about sharing his profound knowledge of literature and music history with his students. His new book Masters of European Music, published earlier this year, carries a dedication to his wife who he loves as much as he did on the first day, immeasurably. This simple yet very powerful statement of love by a 78-year-old scholar shows the true greatness of an extraordinary man.

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Dec 26, 2009

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Happy holidays

Dec 22, 2009

And the Educational Oscar goes to....

Dec 19, 2009

We're famous in Croatia today. There are articles about our achievement in the papers. As far as I know, we're the first school in Croatia to be recognized with the Edublog Award, so that's why it is called the Educational Oscar.

Published in today's paper

Dec 15, 2009

The proud nominees for the Best Educational Wiki.

I need this

Dec 12, 2009

I've just read a post about a blogger who is going to decline his nomination for the Best Individual blog 2009 because he knows the worth of his work and his readers' daily comments and reading are affirmation enough.

I guess it takes all kinds to make a world. I'm the complete opposite. I don't know what I'm worth. I'm an ordinary teacher teaching ordinary students. I need nominations to show me which way to go. I deeply appreciate it when my colleagues tell me I'm doing my job well.

I cried when I saw the nomination for my wiki. I immediately tweeted about it, published it in my Facebook status, wrote a blog post, sent emails to all my contacts and called my friends.

The ICT teacher from my school linked the voting page to the school website and the head teacher informed all the Croatian educational institutions and all the newspapers and Internet portals about this nomination. On Monday, reporters are coming to my school to interview my students. We have received much kudos. I need this.

One of the reason why everybody is so excited about this nomination is that there haven't been any nominees or winners from Croatia yet, as far as I know.

This morning the head teacher attended an awards ceremony (it's this time of the year) at the Institute of Public Health because our students won the awards for the best poster and slogan in the "School Without Drugs" campaign. She was sitting there with the students waiting to be called to the stage to receive the award when all of a sudden the ceremony host invited the audience to vote for the outstanding wiki Greetings from the World created by students from IX. gimnazija and their teacher Arjana Blazic. She called me immediately to share her excitement. I need this.

I won't be disappointed if we don't win, because to me, this nomination is my Oscar. The ultimate proof that ordinary teachers and their ordinary students can do extraordinary things extraordinarily well. I need this.

And the nominees are....

Dec 10, 2009

Yes, I'm thrilled, I'm overwhelmed with joy and I'm sure this is how the Oscar winners feel....

Thank you Eva, Valentina and Karenne for nominating my wiki project Greetings from the world. Thank you Edublogs judges for shortlisting it.

My heartfelt thanks to all the members of the wiki who created such amazing glogsters. You're awesome!!!

If you feel like voting, just click here.

There's another nomination I want the world to know about:

talk.ed is nominated for the Best Educational Use of a Social networking Service. Monika and her webclass definitely deserve this award because they help, they encourage, they support.... they care!

Edublog Awards 2009

Dec 6, 2009

My nominations for Edublog Awards 2009:

Best individual blog: Teacher Reboot Camp by Shelly Terrell

Best individual tweeter @shellterrell

Best group blog: Macmillan Dictionary

Best new blog: Ken Wilson's Blog

Best resource sharing blog: Esolcourses by Sue Lyon Jones

Most influential blog post: Thnx 4 ur RTs by Karenne Sylvester

Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion: #edchat

Best teacher blog: Kalinago English by Karenne Sylvester

Best educational tech support blog: The Box of Tricks by Jose Picardo

Best educational use of audio: Breaking News English by Sean Banville

Best educational use of video / visual: Teacher Training Videos by Russell Stannard

Best educational wiki: Ktitraci by Traci Blazoski

Best educational use of a social networking service: talk.ed by Monika Hardy

Best educational use of a virtual world: Virtual Round Table Conference by Heike Philp
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