1. What is this blog for?
This blog is a space to share impressions, ideas, knowledge, links with people interested in learning all around the world.
2. To blog or not to blog?
Blog definitely. It opens one’s mind to a great world of information on your interests. That means there is always something useful and interesting to read and learn.
3. When did you start?
4. Why did you start?
First, my goal is to learn and be able to help teachers in Brasília about the advantages of using blogs in class, as I work in a public language school in Brazil, I think it is going to be of great interest.
Second, I want to work on my PLE/N and share thoughts and ideas about learning and teaching ESL.
5. What is your most exciting moment?
I think viewing comments is a pleasure to a blogger, that means there is someone interested in what you are writing, and your opinions. I feel like a famous writer, whose readers are sending comments on his/her books.
6. What is the hardest moment?
As a novice, I need guidance, so I know what to write about. Sometimes trying to write and not being able to start, makes me feel I have nothing to say. But then a topic appears on twitter, or other blogs and the ideas come and flow.
7. What is your opinion on blogs?
The possibility to express ideas through the web is an amazing and democratic aspect of blogs. People who usually would have no voice can now open their minds to the world, they can be heard, no matter what their social or financial condition, sexual orientation, age, school background, skin color, religion or political position is, people can say what they want to say.
8. What is one way blogs can be used in an ESL class?
Students individually or in groups can create a blog about a book they read, creating a page for each character and posting information about everything in the book.
9. What is something teachers starting a blog should know?
Teachers should know that students are already using blogs and we are far behind them, mainly because they are native digital literates and although it is not easy, everyone can learn and use them (blogs) effectively.
Where does your future lie?
Who knows? Maybe I’ll become a consultant in Brasilia on techie tools for teaching. Or maybe I’ll just continue learning and sharing with my teacher friends and students.