2012 has been such a good year for me so I feel extremely lucky and happy. It was a year of beginnings, surprises, and opportunities. Here are the amazing things that happened in 2012:
1-Finishing my thesis with a focus on online communities of practice and receiving an MA in ELT from Middle East Technical University was definitely one of the hightlights of 2012. I struggled a lot for the MA degree for a long time while working full time at private institutions and it took a long of time because my university was at a different city. I would like to thank everyone for having supported me during my MA studies.
2- Having our article with Vance Stevens published was the second achievement of 2012. We worked on the article in 2011 for three months and waited a long time to have it published in a refereed journal.
3-Working as a teacher trainer at Pilgrims Teacher Training in summer and contributing to the development of educational technology courses was also an unforgettable experience. I learned so much from it and made a lot of new friends from different parts of the world. I am going to work there in August as a trainer again which really excites me alot.
4- Presenting at IATEFL and various ELT conferences and attending many talks of educators from all around the world was also very fantastic. I feel so lucky to have that opportunity to exchange ideas with like minded colleagues and benefiting from their insights. I am going to present at IATEFL again along with TESOL Greece Annual Convention in 2013.
5- Starting blogging after having quitted it for two years was also unforgettable. Although I didn’t write many posts, I feel that I am back to life and contribute to the blogosphere by my posts.
So, 2012 was a fabulous year and I hope 2013 brings better opportunuties and more interaction with my colleagues and PLN. There are a lot of projects, articles, and presentations I am working on right now . Stay tuned!
Here are my new year’s resolutions:
1-I would like to read books, articles, and blog posts.
2-I want to do more research, blog, and curate more.
3- Learning a new foreign language is among my plans.
4-If I have enough time, I want to attend a photography course.
l am not sure whether I can do them all at the same time but I will do my best.
I hope 2013 brings my readers happiness, health, and inspiration.