On October 17, I shared my experiences with my prospective colleagues. It was really nice to be there with them and see the gleam in their eyes!
You can find my presentation here: Riding a Flying Carpet in Teaching_
I spoke too much and I tried to share a lot in such a limited time. Thus, it was a bit boring, I guess. I should learn to manage time during those presentations 🙂 However, at the end of the presentation, a few people from my audience came and talked to me which made me so content.
A brand new experience 🙂
Last month, Gediz University held a very beneficial conference for researchers to share what they had been doing in their own environment. Thanks to dear Dr. Kenan Dikilitaş, I was motivated to conduct research and present it there as a poster presentation.
It was my first research presentation ever so I was really nervous during the preparation process. My dear colleague Kenan Hocam encouraged me to try this new field in my career and he helped me so much before-during and after my research 🙂 First, we had a group on Facebook with two other colleagues and Kenan Hocam was a guide there. He helped me find an area to survey. Then, after choosing that area, I chose suitable tasks and planned my study carefully. As the next step, I applied those tasks in my classroom and thanks to my precious students, I received lots of constructive feedback. Finally, I was ready to share what I learned during the process 🙂
It wasn’t easy for me! I know I had many mistakes but nothing is easy… You will never know if you don’t have the courage to try 🙂 Also, once I saw the results, I decided to use classroom research as a part of my professional development. Hope to find or create a chance to spend more time on these studies 🙂
You can find more about my study here: My study
The conference program: Program
You can find more about this conference here: About conference
On December 17, I tried story writing in my class thanks to a suggestion by my dear colleague Dinçer Demir. Until that time, I had never thought it would be that much fun. However, by trying it in the class, I realized that it can a really useful activity for all ages! 🙂
The link below will take you to the sounds which my students listened and then wrote their stories. At the beginning, I had given them 20 minutes but then they asked for some more time. It took nearly 40-50 minutes to write their stories. After they write their stories, I asked if they would let me use their stories here and got their permission to publish them here. After this post, I will publish each of their stories without correcting their mistakes since this is an activity for creativity (at least for me). (It depends on your purpose at the beginning.)
They were free to write anything they wanted. I told them to listen and write their own stories. There weren’t any expectations from them. therefore, they were really comfortable during the process.
You can also use this activity during a lesson, at the beginning of the day as a kind of energizer, at the end of the day, to motivate students to be more creative or to improve their writing skills. I didn’t correct their mistakes since it was an activity used to increase creativity and motivation in my experience. It depends on your purpose as I said before 😉
Thanks a bunch to all of my students who participated in the activity! 🙂
Thanks a million to Dinçer Demir! 🙂 If you want to get creative ideas like this, you can visit his blog. http://www.dincerdemir.com/
I was teaching something about education in my class last week. There was a question in the book: Do you know any movies on education? When I asked this to my students, I realized that they are really into watching something. I stuck a blank sheet on the wall and asked them to write their movie suggestions there to share with their friends. Then I suddenly asked myself: Why don’t we watch these movies at school after classes? I shared this idea with my students immediately and said that we could stay at school one afternoon and watch one of the movies both from the list and included in top 250 movies in IMDb list. They loved the idea and agreed! 🙂
We started our “Movie Club” with that step. We held our first movie session last Thursday with “Snatch” by Guy Ritchie. We used English subtitles while watching. This Thursday, I mean yesterday, we watched “A Beautiful Mind” and they loved it! By the way, I share the movie I choose on Monday or Tuesday and they decide if they want to watch it or not. It’s not obligatory 🙂
I think these kinds of activities are helpful ways to improve their general knowledge, language skills and our communication with each other. My students are from the preparatory classes of English Language Teaching and English Language and Literature departments so they can understand English subtitles- at least they do their best to understand 🙂 They are also aware of the fact that they need more general knowledge so they are willing to join our movie days. I can suggest this if you have a chance. It works 😉
As for the third week, I am planning to choose either “The Shawhank Redemption” or “Pulp Fiction”. I haven’t decided yet. The best movie of all times or a Tarantino movie? A difficult decision is waiting for me!
Two days ago, I had two guests in my class. They were senior students from English Language Teaching Department of Middle East Technical University. Before I share my comments, I want to share the process we followed 🙂
As I mentioned here a few weeks ago, I attended SLTEP Alumni nearly 20 days ago. During the panel discussion, one of the colleagues, Dr. Deniz Şallı Çopur from METU, suggested that she could send some ELT students to preparatory classes of universities to show them what is going on in these classes. After the panel discussion, I said I would like to have these students in my classes 🙂 Then, we wrote emails to each other and arranged the schedule.
Then, finally, these two girls, Begüm and Tansu, were volunteers to come and observe my classes for one day. I was glad to hear that! We talked to each other about the procedure in the class and spent the day together! They loved my class and videotaped some of the speaking practices, took photos and shared their experiences in language learning besides department experience.
After the class, I asked them to give me some feedback about the day and they shared what they had observed. I told them they could visit us again any time they want 🙂 It was wonderful experience to welcome two future colleagues in my class!
I am looking forward to seeing some more people in my class soon! 😉
In my previous post, I had mentioned a speaking activity which I was planning to use today; however, I changed my mind in the morning. Therefore, I can’t give you feedback related to it for now. When I try it, I will share my comments here.
I want to share another energiser activity today. It is really fun to use 🙂 For this energiser, I take my students out of the building to give them more space for the activity. I especially use it in the morning since most of the students are sleepy at that time of the day. However, you can also use it towards to end of the day to make your students energetic and ready to concentrate on the lesson again. Please have a look at the video below to understand the procedure not to make your students confused 🙂
By the way, I especially love the last part 🙂 Students are dancing and jumping around! The most important thing is nobody is sleepy after the energiser. If you use the activity with your students, please share your comments here.
On January 7th -8th , I organized a workshop related to technology use in teaching . I shared four different websites with participants. I explained how to sign up and how/where to use these websites in our teaching. If you want to see my colleagues’ feedback about my sessions and find documents related to the workshop, you can follow these links:
There are some photos from the workshop below: