Community, collaborate, connectivism and consulting
It’s been a winding road of trial and error. Much like one experiences when teaching the same level session after session, I’ve tried just about every idea that comes into my head with regards to my consulting business and subsequently this website. What worked for me for over a year, Coursetree, just didn’t seem to fit the bill of what I really want to accomplish. When I set out to start my own business, it was largely to help schools develop their curricula. Since then, my mission and motivation has significantly moved toward community and education development. Because of this, changes all around from names to domains to design needed to happen.
…let alone a business that you need to register with the government, but also as a domain. Sticking with something you name, loving it and letting it grow its own personality over longer periods of time is harder than it sounds, believe me. I started out loving Coursetree, then eltrie, and a very shortlived Conseltants, but none gave me the spark of inside meaning, cleverness and aesthetic beauty I was looking for in a name. One evening, I was skyping with Shelly Terrell, who suggested I write out my mission statement first and go from there. I’d had a mission statement before, but when I tried again, I began with the basics: what do I want to do with this business? Not too fine, not too limitless:
- I want to help build the language teacher community, especially in Canada.
- I want to collaborate with educators to create powerful projects that I cannot do alone.
- I want to promote the idea of connectivism.
- I want to continue consulting schools and language teachers on how to get the most out of themselves for their student.
There you have it, Tyson: 4C. Immediately I felt excited, inspired, purposeful. I liked the look; I liked the sound (note the homonym?); I liked the meaning. With my Masters program (Educational Technology & TESOL) starting in September at the University of Manchester (I’ll plan to start up a new section on this site dedicated to it), my involvement on the TESL Toronto executive board, full-time teaching at University of Toronto and project planning for 4C, it’s shaping up to be a busy fall and winter! I look forward to every minute of it.
“What does one of my 4Cs mean to you?” You may get a book delivered to you!
Deadline to enter: September 2, 2011 [CONTEST CLOSED]
Being in a festive mood, I’d like to start the first of a little collaboration with any of you! Using the comment box below this post, choose one of the 4C words and in one sentence, tell me what it means to you with regards to your language teaching. On September 2, I’ll post a poll with each included and to the one with the most votes, I’ll purchase and send out their choice of my favourite ELT titles (otherwise, I’ll have colleagues here choose!). Please pass on this little contest to whomever you wish. Just make sure you enter some form of contact information so I can get a hold of you!
To enter my contest:
1) Choose one of the following 4Cs:
a) community, b) collaborate, c) connectivism, or d) consulting.
2) Write one sentence in the comment box relating that word to your language teaching.
3) Think about which of these four titles you’d like to receive if yours is chosen!
Thanks to all of you for being a part of my growth and journey in language teaching and a special thanks to Shelly Terrell for helping me choose the name and Cecilia Lemos for choosing a logo!
Please REMEMBER to update your RSS feeds, blog rolls and bookmarks to reflect the change in domains. There won’t be any more name changes, I promise. =)
The chosen sentence will be announced on Friday, September 9.