I live in China & I see things that many never will. This my blog...

Monday, July 26, 2004

If it seems like I do not post here a lot, that is true. I cannot post here much because I live in China, where BLOGGER is blocked. I have another blog at wjreagin.motime.com, but I felt since I was home in the states I would write a few lines. Please stop by my motime site to keep up with my goings on!

Wednesday, June 30, 2004


Saturday, May 15, 2004

As promised, I have posted my article in complete from at my home site.

There is also a link to my home page and the article's page on the sidebar. I welcome feedback and responses to the article. Like my blog's title, this is all in the beginning stages so it is a work in progress, in true spirit of the 'blog!'

Thursday, May 13, 2004

The more I read and research about blogs the more I find information. The speed and the availability of information about anything I want to know is amazing. What I am having trouble finding a lot of information about is ESL (English as a Second Language) and blogs. In my last post I mentioned that I will be presenting an article in Beijing, China next week. I have read hundreds of blogs in the last month and I must say that I am impressed. Nevertheless, how can I use this medium in my classroom of non-native English speakers from age 8-10? They can hardly form a complete thought on paper. I do see the upside to all of this. Assessment of their writing. When they start from zero it is easy to measure their progress to a much better speaker and user of English.

As I think and plan for next school year (September 2004) I am thinking of ways to integrate BLOGS into my schedule of English, Social Studies, and Science classes. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

I am putting the finishing touches on an article that I have written for "The 4th International Symposium on ELT in China."(website in Chinese) The title of the article is, "Theoretical and Practical Applications of Emergent Technology in ELT Classrooms; How the ‘Blog’ Can Change English Language Teaching”
Here is the abstract for the paper:

"The classic picture of the ELT (English Language Teaching) classroom is one in which there are rows of desks, a blackboard, students, a teacher, paper and pencils. Even with the advent of instantaneous information via the World Wide Web, the ELT classroom remains relatively unchanged. However, the winds of change are upon the ELT profession. Many educators are now taking advantage of the vastness of the Internet. Moreover, most teachers are using the Internet for planning, research and the exchange of ideas. There is so much more to be found and used. If harnessed correctly and constructively, the Internet can be a priceless tool for the ELT classroom. This paper will discuss current practices for reading and writing in the ELT setting, and more specifically, the use of ‘web logs’ or ‘blogs’ in the ELT classroom. First, a discussion covering common methods used in most ELT classes and move to a more progressive approach to alternative assessment, portfolio assessment, and journaling. Next, an explanation of this technology, its uses, and potential will be given. Finally, suggestions for use, ideas, and links will be listed. The sky is truly the limit where the ELT profession is going and it is an exciting time to be involved."

I will be publishing the entire article on the web, but for now, if you would like a copy please email me.

Sunday, May 09, 2004

Here are some useful sites for blogging and RSS:
Blogging and RSS, "What is it?"
How to Start your own blog
E-Learning Centre
Robin Good's RSS feeds
RSS Overview
Living in China Blog
Edublog News
Example from MY travel blog
Popular Blogs
Education Websites of the Day

This is not a complete list, just one that I feel is a good starting point. Please comment on good blogs!

Monday, May 03, 2004

After living in China for almost three years the thing that I have often feared has finally happened. Last Friday, April 30th, I was pickpocketed on the train to Shanghai. It is the May 1st holiday this whole week. There are loads of extra people travelling which means no soft seats (1st class) and that the railway stations sell more tickets than seats. I am usually very careful with my wallet. I always transfer it to my front pants pocket or into my bags or something.
Since this is only a one hour trip I felt a certain amount of comfort. Anyway, as I was finding my seat the guy pushed me and in my reflect I placed my hand on the seat in front of me. That was all the thief needed. Luckly a good citizen, that speaks English, saw it and said something to me. Well, after an hour of arguing with the guy NOTHING happened! The policeman on the train even saw the exact amount of money, folded differently than his other money, in his pocket, but that was not enough evidence.
I would not really even care about the money, it is the other things in the wallet that meant more. My drivers licence, bank cards, etc. I am sure that the thief was able to get in the WC and throw my wallet out the window. I was able to cancel all of the stuff in my wallet, that I could remember. If you see a brown lether wallet please let me know;)

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Well, I am finally on the 'air', so to speak. My blogger page is now viewable from any computer!

Friday, April 02, 2004

I did not mention that I am an English teacher. I love teaching! It is one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had and I would not change it for anything. I teaching students who are new to learning English. My students come from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Germany. We have a lot of fun and enjoy learning together.
I have been living in China for almost three years. During this time I have met and married a beautiful, smart, caring and loving Chinese lady. This gives me a very unique view into the culture of modern China. Everytime I visit my in-laws I learn something new about the family structure and culture. I really enjoy it and it is so very different from my own 'American' upbringing that I just have to stop and learn. We are planning to have children someday and we want to bring them up in a Bi-lingual home. I am so excited to see this and to learn from it.
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