Dec 28

My (Manageable) New Year’s Resolutions

Well… I had a look at my previous resolutions blog posts and since I still do not speak Spanish, I decided to make more manageable resolutions for the new year:)

1. Read more

Reading for PD – My only problem is when I read a serious book (e.g. theory, research, etc.), my long term memory fails and I forget most of the things I read (even if I find them interesting). When I go back to the notes I took while reading, they are like someone else’s notes to me:) It might be because of having so many different things to do but this year I’m going to work on this and try to get better at remembering what I read.

My lineup of books-to-read for PD-

The Power of Reading: Insights from the Researchby Stephen Krashen 
Fundamentals of Language Education
by Stephen Krashen
Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism by Colin Baker
Reflective Teaching in Second Language Classrooms by Jack C. Richards
The Language Teaching Matrixby Jack C. Richards
Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
Out Of Our Minds by Sir Ken Robinson
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Reading for fun – When I start reading good books, they take me deep inside and I don’t want to do anything else and read all in one breath. So I can only read them in summer.

My lineup of books-to-read for fun-

Tanri Tebdili Kiyafet Gezer (Les Dieux Voyagent Toujours Incognito) by Laurent Gounelle
Semspare by Elif Safak
Yedinci Gun by Ihsan Oktay Anar
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

Looks manageable, huh?:)

2. Exercise more

I don’t have another option after signing a five-year contract with the gym, do I? :)

3. Blog more

I wish there was an app that transforms the ideas in my mind into blog posts. Do you think Shelly Terrell might recommend an app for this?:) Whether or not there is an app for it, I am determined to blog more in 2013.

I wish you a very happy new year!


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  1. Kenny

    It is a great list and looks doable. Will you blog about the books you read… a win win plan 😉
    Happy New Year!

    1. burcuakyol

      Hey Kenny! Lovely to hear from you:)

      Yes, blogging about the books sounds good:)

      Happy new year to you, too!:)


  2. Patrick

    Well there’s my resolutions list sorted. Thanks Burcu! And a happy new year to you and yours.

    1. burcuakyol

      You, too, Patrick:)



  3. chris cattaneo

    Hi Burcu,

    You’ll love Ken Robinson’s book ‘Out of Our Minds’ and I loved the inspiring ‘In your Element’ (http://sirkenrobinson.com/skr/the-element) too. I love reading and wish I could do more. Do you read e-books or the real thing?

    Excellent idea about the gym! You’re bound to get some exercise in the next 5 years then! 😀

    Hey, I’ve decided to put an extension on my resolutions from last year 😉 and made them into two-year resolutions instead now, like you, my head doesn’t retain as much as it used to. I think you hit the nail mightily on the head when you say it’s down to doing so many things – and so many different things, too, I’d say in my case.

    Here’s to you and a brilliant 2013!


    1. burcuakyol

      Hi Chris,

      Thank you for your comment. Well, I really like Kobo on iPad. Of course it is never like the real thing but I enjoy its note-taking and dictionary features.

      Two-year resolutions, why not?:) Much easier to achieve:)

      Have a wonderful year:)


  4. asude

    For your #3 resolution; you can try some application that converts voice to text, such as Dragon’s naturally speaking
    For details you can visit http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm
    It works on both windows and mac, and has a high level of accuracy if trained properly.

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