Posted in Reflections & Career Development, Research, This and that

So…What Exactly Should PD Look Like?

I couldn’t agree more with dear Tony! CPD sessions are important for all teachers because we should know ourselves much better to help our students. Teacher training is like life long learning-it never stops! Also, school administrations should give more importance to this issue instead of ignoring its importance and its staff. If we do more research, more in-class research, more sessions to share what we have with each other, we can grow together.

Our students change every year. I mean their interests, needs and learning preferences change. As teachers, we should understand these changes and provide new and effective ways to collaborate with our learners in our learning environment to reach “outcome” together. In order to do that, we need to improve, revise or redesign how we teach in accordance with our aims and learners. Saying that is really easy but it is not like that in reality.

I always think that our working environment is a great tool to achieve this. We have many colleagues who are already teaching and they have experience as much as we do! So, why don’t we start sharing with each other in our institutions? This is free! Our institutions do not have to pay for any sessions.

CPD is not so far away… Everything starts with a “core” and we all have this in our working environment. We just need to open our eyes and initiate this process 🙂

Let’s grow our collaborative environment all together! 🙂




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There I am…under my favourite olive tree, looking out at the point where the Aegean almost meets the Mediterranean…on the Turkish Riviera.

Sounds like heaven, yes?

So what the hell am I doing on my MacBook Air?

I’ll tell you – looking at the marketing bumf for the training courses that support a book entitled ‘A Handbook for Personalized Competency-Based Education (PCBE)’ from Robert Marzano and his gang at Marzano Research. Yes, as the sun goes down, the soft Aegean twilight floods the mountains and bay around Akbuk (near Didim)…here’s me reading about the type of Professional Development (PD) needed to ‘inspire’ teachers to breathe life into PCBE.

BTW – Did you know that the word inspire is derived from the Latin ‘inspirare’ which literally means to breathe life into another? Stephen Covey learned me that a few years back…

I am such a sad, sad…

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Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes, Reflections & Career Development, This and that, Useful activities

SLTEP Pre-Service Event at METU

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 🙂


Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes, Reflections & Career Development, Research, This and that

IATEFL ReSIG Annual International Conference

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



Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes, Reflections & Career Development, Research

Mini research on the effects of T-PLUS

As I mentioned before, I attended an event by T-PLUS held at İstanbul Şehir University. I was inspired to conduct a mini research related to participants reasons and inspirational results during it. Here are the results 🙂

The survey was sent to fifteen people who joined the 5th T-PLUS Event held at İstanbul Şehir University on November 7-8. There were twelve people who completed the survey.

There were five questions included in the survey. These are:

  1. Which T-PLUS meetings did you attend?
    İzmir University of Economics December 21st, 2012
    İzmir Yaşar University, May 4th 2013
    Ankara TED University, Nov 15th . 2013
    Girne American University, Cyprus, May 2014
    Şehir University, İstanbul, November 2014
  2. Why do you attend T-PLUS? You can write more than one reason.
  3. Do you think the last T-PLUS meeting has inspired you to do something professionally?
  4. If your answer is “yes” for the previous question (Q3), can you share the areas you want to apply something new?
  5. If your answer is “no” for question 3, can you share the reason(s)?

Note: The first question doesn’t require only one answer. The participants were expected to choose all the answers suitable for them.

The answers for the first question can be seen below:

As we can see by looking at the answers, the participants were mostly new colleagues. Only one of them attended the first event of T-PLUS and only two attended the second. That’s why; we can conclude that the collected data mostly refers to new members of the organization.

As for the second question, the answers are:

  1. First, my institution told me so. Then I made a quick research and I really wanted to join it.
  2. To meet colleagues, to improve myself professionally
  3. In our school we don’t have a PD Unit. Since we want to initiate one, I see T-Plus events as a great source of ideas for this specific reason. As for my personal reason, I want to improve myself in every way, both personally and professionally.
  4. To improve professional skills.
  5. To help improve teacher training in Turkey. To share expertise and experiences. To collaborate with teacher trainers who do not have access to many developmental activities.
  6. To exchange ideas and suggestions about Professional development in ELT 2. To be aware of what’s going on in other universities concerning TT 3. To build up a network of TTs all over Turkey
  7. *I believe in the spirit of communication, negotiation and collaboration. *We have had teacher training practices for 6 years after I attended SLTEP2009. *To share the best practices and learn from each other.
  8. to share experiences get feedback/help or my duty collaboration (see what the other universities practices)
  9. To learn about the latest trends in professional teacher development and keep up to date with them. For sharing new information with our colleagues in our institution.
  10. In order to meet new people and benefit from their experiences in the field.
  11. To check out for recent developments in PD. To establish new networks
  12. In order to improve my PD skills and exchange ideas with the friends

When we look at the answers in detail, apart from the first answer, all the reasons are related to participants’ personal and professional development reasons; in other words, intrinsic reasons. In fact, the first participant’s answer can also be included intrinsic since after searching the event, s/he was also willing to participate in it. As it is clear in the answers, most people participate in T-PLUS events since they want to improve their professional skills and benefit from the experiences of other colleagues. Establishing networks and meeting new people follow these reasons. We can conclude that participants join the events willingly and by being aware of their expectations. Moreover, we can also say that collaboration gets a big share, too.

The answer for the third question was the same for all participants, which is “yes”. Then, we can start analyzing the fourth question since it is related to the inspiration in the previous question.

  1. I want to apply “self assessment via peer observation”. Also I will share the idea of forming a reading club to meet every Wednesday. Another thing is I realised that in my institution, mentoring for new teachers is not enough.
  2. It’s inspired me to increase technology usage in the classroom and to integrate more components to my teaching
  3. 1. Buddying for new teachers. 2. ”I have got talents” workshops. 3. Some technological tools or websites from Nezaket Hoca’s presentation.
  4. No answer available.
  5. I feel that I can do more to provide online resources and training for teachers or teacher trainers in Turkey.
  6. -Involving our teachers in Teacher Research activities in collaboration with those in other universities -Dealing with teacher resistance in the light of the suggestions made in some sessions -Introducing some technological tools that can be used by our teachers in their classes.
  7. Team teaching seems appealing in that both teachers feel equally responsible for the delivery of the lesson and the observation.
  8. peer observation in a self evaluation format (Aslı-Utku’s presentation) Action/Teacher research in collaboration with Kenan Hoca (Gediz University)
  9. Working in a team with my colleagues to set up a PDU in our institution. Giving presentations on the subjects summarising our experiences in T-PLUS
  10. We are a developing university and we’d like to learn what our colleagues do in their institutions. It was lovely to meet new people from different universities and share our problems. We want to build a Professional Development Unit in our department.
  11. some ideas from the workshops: Personal development, using padlet
  12. We will apply group reflection. A couple of teachers will be moderated by an experienced teacher and feedback on various issues will be provided.


If I want to summarize the biggest pie, it can be technology use. There are five answers related to it.  Participants are encouraged to use technology either in their own teaching or sharing what they learned with their colleagues via workshops. The second thing can be collaboration in their own institutions to set up new opportunities and regulations like peer observation, team teaching group reflection, reading club, and helping teachers share what they have in their pockets (“I have got talents” workshops.) These are all related to improving the teaching and sharing standards in each institution. Another inspirational topic is obviously research. Thanks to the session by Kenan Dikilitaş, some people are motivated to conduct teacher research in their institutions. We can look forward to the results of their work 🙂

Furthermore, if I compare the results by using the participation as a criterion, I can’t see much difference among people’s reasons to attend the event and inspirational reasons.

To sum up, I want to thank everyone who completed the survey 🙂


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Posted in Useful activities

Another fun energiser

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.

Posted in Useful activities

An energiser

I love using energising activities in my classes. They are university students; however, they still love doing something physically. Last year, I explored the video below and since then, I have been using it in my classes. I don’t prefer class environment for it. Instead of class, I take my students out of the building and we do it all together. It is a very fun activity for all age groups!


If you like trying new and enjoyable activities in your class, you may have a look at the link below. Also, if you happen to use, please use the comment section to share your ideas and experience 🙂




Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes, Reflections & Career Development

CPD Symposium 2014

On January 27-28, there was a CPD Symposium at Hacettepe University. There were representatives from over 40 universities. The aims of this event were to:

  • refresh/ update their knowledge of the principles and practice of an effective CPD programme
  • share best practice through case studies of successful current teacher CPD initiatives in Turkish Schools of Foreign Languages
  • explore models of and routes towards the establishment of a successful CPD programme embracing the department’s whole teaching cadre.

If you are interested, please follow the link below to download all the documents. First, you should click on the document. Then you should click on the “source” just below the document.Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance. (

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Posted in Conference & Seminar Notes, My workshops, Reflections & Career Development

Tech in Teaching

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:–workshop


There are some photos from the workshop below: