Most of the Western world celebrates “New Year” on January 1st, as does WordPress. In the academic world, however, our rhythms are different. July signals for me the end of the year, and a time for reflecting on the past academic year and the upcoming year. So I’m going to have my own little celebration here, to mark the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, and give me food for thought about my plans and priorities for the 2017-2018 academic year. So here is my year, by the numbers:
42: Number of flights I have taken this year for work purposes, to
14 countries, on
3 continents, to visit
31 schools, for training, meetings, school audits, parent sessions, and give
9 conference and symposium presentations.
45,000 words written for my upcoming co-authored book “Linguistic and Cultural Innovation in Schools: The Language Challenge” – published by Palgrave Macmillan, due to hit the shelves November 2017
27,751 visits to my blog, from
158 countries, to read
18 blog posts
19 “Raising Bilingual Children: 6 building blocks for success” seminars delivered
22 new textbooks/research books purchased and read
3 heroes met and conversed with: Jim Cummins, Fred Genesee, Stephen Krashen (you can read my article about it here)
244 tweets from my first year using Twitter (@4bilingualism)
So that is pretty much my 2016-2017 academic year, summed through the beauty of a list of numbers. Now to ponder which numbers I want to work on for the next academic year – what you do think I should be doing?