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Blog of the Year – 2012

I thank Nizy at Nizy’s Life Copendium and Cristi at Simple.Interesing for nominating my blog for “Blog of the Year 2012” award. I am grateful for this generous honour and the people who follow Teacher as Transformer.  It has been a reflective, creative, and transformational journey for the blog and this blogger. This is a result of the wonderful blogs I discovered along the way, the support I receive from that community, and from the more immediate community of my day-to-day life.

I know I will miss some bloggers who deserve this award and I know others do not accept awards. To the first group, I apologize and, to the second group, I am deeply grateful for your contributions.

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

  1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award;
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award;
  3. Include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award at the Thought Palette and provide these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

This next part I am unsure about, so I hope you will be able to follow better than I did.

There are stars to collect! Yes, there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different! When you begin you will receive the 1 star award, and every time you are given the award by another blog, you can add another star!

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There are total of 6 stars to collect.

You can check out your favourite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, you can still award them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check FAQ on The Thought Palette

The blogs I follow are an eclectic group, but they share one thing: they bring joy into my life on a daily basis and I am thankful for that. Here are the bloggers and their sites I would like to nominate:

Poetry Blog of Mine

Francine in Retirement

4 Writers and Readers

Ralphie’s Portal

Lizzie Joy’s Photo Suite

Who is Bert?

My Own Heart.Me

Writing Between the Lines

I Am for Change

Positive Boomer

Waiting for the Karma Truck

Cindy Knoke

Elizabeth’s Ramblings

The Future Is Papier Mâché

Violet Gallery

Lyrics, Sentiments, and Me

Sage Doyle

Living and Loving

Global Grazers

Lvsrao’s Blog

Heart Flow 2012

The Other Side of Ugly

Laurie McDaniel

And Life Smiles

Tiny Lesson’s Blog

That Dude Eddie

Add Grain on Earth

Settled in Heaven

Free Your Mind

Gary Schollmeier

Deep and Wonderful Thoughts

Simply Simple Complexities

Marsha Lee

Russell Ray Photos

Justice for Raymond

Bela’s Bright Ideas

Notes from the Bluegrass

Lead, Learn, Live

What I See, What I Feel, What I’d Like to See…

ABC of Spirit Talk

Leanne Cole Photography

Tracie Louise Photography

One Hot Message

Tea with a Pirate

Practical Practice Managment

Stay human friends. I find great inspiration in all the blogs I visit each day.

About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

86 responses »

  1. Ivon, I am reading along and nodding my head, thinking, “Excellent choice, and another one, and another, and OH MY GOSH!!!” It was like that. 😉 Thank you so very much, Ivon!

  2. Thank you so very much! I am thrilled! WOW!!! 🙂 Renee

  3. Thank you so much I’m honored that you thought of me!!

  4. Ivon, you are very kind. As you mentioned I don’t accept awards, but I am humbled by your gracious gift. Thank you.

    All the best, Elizabeth 🙂

  5. CONGRATULATIONS, IVON! Keep blogging, I enjoy following you… Bette

  6. congratulations Ivon your blogs are truly inspiring. and thank you for the award. I am so surprised and truly appreciate the award.

  7. Congratulations to you, Ivon and Thank You so much for awarding me with a star…! 🙂
    I am truly delighted…!

  8. Congratulations Ivon. You certainly deserve the recognition. And thanks so much for thinking of me…

  9. Ivon, thanks so very much for thinking of me. I am honored. And congratulations for your own award, much deserved.
    I do not ‘do’ awards, as I barely have time to keep up with my blog writing and reading as it is. But I am deeply touched, and wish to convey my heartfelt appreciation.

  10. Congratulations! You are a wonder man getting all the things you do done! Thanks again for passing it on to me. I’m honored. 🙂

  11. Warmest congratulations! You are very deserving of the award, and may you earn more. Thank you for the nomination, and God bless always! Kudos, Ivon!

  12. Congratulations. You have a fine blog and you deserve it. 🙂

  13. nutsfortreasure

    Thanks so much again for giving my place a NOD xo

  14. Congratulations Dear Ivon! and Thank you for the nomination ~ I always love seeing that you have stopped by on my blog! We are all Stars! Beautiful!

  15. Congratulations on our award, that is such a wonderful thing, and thank you so much for nominating me.

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  17. that is wonderful and well deserved. Congrats

  18. Thank you for thinking of me Ivon!

  19. Thank you Ivon, thank you 🙂

  20. congratulations on your award – and three stars
    you can display the ‘three star badge’ – here’s the URL link for you
    and thank you for passing it on to other deserving blogs
    I’m sure with such a great blog you will be up to six stars very quickly! … off to have a read of your blog….

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  22. Reblogged this on Ralphie´s Portal and commented:
    Thank you ever so much on behalf of all the gang on Ralphie’s Portal for this wonderful present! Happy blogging.

  23. CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you for nominating me. I am honored that you thought of me. This honor you received is well deserved, I enjoy reading your blog.


  24. Congratulations! Very well deserved. And thank you so much for thinking of my blog. I will be sure to spread the love.

  25. Ivon: Thank you so much — I’m really honored to be included on this list!

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  27. Congratulations on your nomination! Well deserved, you have a wonderful blog which so many of us check daily for food for thought. Thanks for the “star” for my blog too.

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  29. Ivon please pop over to my blog and take a peek at my acknowledgement of your most kind nomination. THANK YOU & cheers! Cindy

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  32. Congratulations, you are so deserving my brother! God bless!

  33. Such great info on your blog! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Congratulations on the award nomination! I appreciate your dedication and sense of community and the desire to make a difference. What a great honor for you!

  38. You totally deserve this honor! You create a very thought provoking blog. Also, thanks for listing some others you enjoy-I will stop by those too.

  39. Congratulations on your award nomination.


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