My Best Restaurants

Hello everyone!

These are my two best restaurants in America. I want to describe you these two restaurants. First of all,  Luigi’s restaurant is older than Gino’s and it is quiter than Gino’s but, Gino’s restaurant is more friendly than Luigi’s. Continue reading

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Eliciting

Eliciting subject knowledge and ideas… Eliciting is a technique we can use to get learners thinking and saying what they know about a subject. It’s when we ask questions or give learners clues to get learners to say what they know about a subject rather than the teacher giving the explanation.   Continue reading

Communicative Language Teaching

Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) is a latest and best approach for English Language Teaching. If we ask teachers what kind of teachers they are, nearly all of them will say they are communicative teachers but, unfortunately most of the language teachers don’t have any idea about CLT. The video below is between Jeremy Harmer and Scott Thornbury, who are the piooners of CLT.  They interview each other and adress some questions about CLT.

Raz-Kids

Raz-Kids is a website that includes hundreds of leveled ebooks with e-quizzes. .  Students have to listen to the books first, then read them and lastly record their voices. Online Records let teachers digitally assess each student, saving valuable classroom time. All books are available 24/7 via the Web. Students can practice reading anytime, anywhere. Teachers can make assignments and track student progress with online assessments and student recordings.  Viewing reports is simple, for individuals, classrooms, schools and even districts!  Continue reading

Class Dojo

This app lets you create amazing classroom communities with students and parents. Teachers can communicate with parents and students privately- no need to exchange phone numbers.  You can give feedback to students for any skill like “Working Hard” and “Being  Respectful”.  Students also can share their works. Teachers can get parents involved by sharing photos and videos of wonderful classroom moments. I personally as a teacher use this app and I saw that everything gets easier. Parents and students can check everything about the lessons.

The benefits of a bilingual brain

It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.


Students’ Blogs

In my classroom, my students started using blogs. Every week, they have projects, posters or video assignments. They publish their assignments in their blogs and I check them weekly. They are more careful in the home works because their websites can be seen not only by their teachers but also all over the world.

Examples from my students’ blogs ” http://ranatezcan2005.blogspot.com.tr/”  “http://seozer35.blogspot.com.tr/” Continue reading

Rubric to Evaluate students

I think teachers should use a checklist to see students behaviours, notes, attitudes etc. weekly. The one I shared with you is my checklist. Every week I fill the checklist according to my criterias. One can follow students’ progress with this checklist also Ts can show this to parents in the P.meeting, which will be easier to explain them students’ performance in the classroom.

SuperImprovers ( Scoreboard )

At the beginning of the year, teachers should decide classroom rules according to to the students’ ages and levels. Eveything should be clear. Students should know what is acceptable and not acceptable. Rules should be short and  inclusive, comprehensive. For example; one of my rule is ” Make smart choices” which includes so many behaviours in it. After that, you should decide punishments and awards in the class. They should keep in their mind if they obey the rules, they are going to get awards and if not, they will get punished.
I decided to use SuperImproviser( Scoreboard) which is from WholeBrainTeaching.

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Rubrics For Writing

The main purpose of rubrics is to assess performances.

Good writing is a complex accomplishment involving the organization of ideas, the select use of vocabulary, attention to readers and purpose, and the “mechanics” of grammar, spelling, punctuation and handwriting.
Rubrics provide information about the qualities and dimensions of good writing and feedback about their progress. The genius of rubrics is that they are descriptive and not evaluative.
I’m going to share a couple of rubrics for you. You can choose one according to your purpose.

6 + 1 Traits Essay Rubrics

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Tips for Flashcards

Flashcards are important assets for EFL classrooms. Course books come with flashcards and nowadays one can easily find cards in the internet. In my school before I go into the classroom, I always search some cards about the topics.  Most of the teachers use flashcards to teach vocabulary, but we as teachers are not creative about using cards. Here there are some ideas about it

 

Undergraduate ELT Conference

Yesterday, I was in the 1st Undergraduate ELT Conference which was organized by Elt Student Council in Marmara University. I am also in the Marmara University as a pre-service teacher. This conference was completely arranged by pre-service teachers. Volunteer students made presentations in some topics such as differentiated instruction, motivation, student autonomy. There were also some teacher trainers and instructors as a presenter, which give us a chance to see different points, views, methods. Continue reading

Flipped Classroom

For a few weeks, I have been in some conferences in ELT. I participated so many sessions about education, technology, classroom management etc. It seems to me that in the future we will be talking mostly about using technology effectively. One of the tool and method that I really like  is Flipped Classroom. I think It’s going to be more popular in the future. Flipped Classroom is delivering instruction online and moving “homework” to the classroom. 
Simply
–  Teachers creat videos about concept of the lecture for about 5-7 minutes.
– Send them to students online( Edmodo, Moodle, Google Classroom) and let Ss learn it at their own pace before coming to the classroom. They can stop or rewatch the video.
– Teachers can spend time differently and effectively, They can do more activities and play more games in the flipped classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whole Brain Teaching(Power Teaching)

 

We know that yelling and scolding doesn’t work any more. Schools are dangerous places. According to the National Center for Education statistics, in 2007 there were “1.5 million victims of non fatal crimes at school.The behavior of challenging kids cannot be improved by heavier doses of punishment. Punishment makes them more rebellious. Most challenging kids genuinely want to be part of the classroom environment ;this is why they work so hard to get everyone’s attention. Kids want to laugh and play Whole Brain Teaching produces classrooms that are full of orderly fun. Continue reading

Page Middle School( United States )


This summer I came The USA, Page, Arizona to work in a restourant and travel the United States. It’s a kind of a university program that students come to America and work three months then travel a little bit then go back their countries. I met a woman who is a math teacher  here and I requested her to arrange me an observation in her school. It was so beneficial for me. I learned a lot about their education and teaching. The school is huge, has 600 students and every facility such as gymnasium, big cafe, musical classes, big library filled with computers and diffrent books and an infirmary.The first thing that attracted me in the building  is all the teachers have their own classes and every break students change the classes according to their schedule. Continue reading

Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback

We improve by giving feedback to each other. Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.” And with no feedback, no coaching, there’s just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback — and lays out a program from his foundatio.n to bring it to every classroom.


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