Category Archive: Professional development

Apr 03

Paylaşmak Güzeldir Diyoruz. Peki Gerçekten Paylaşıyor muyuz?


Geçtiğimiz hafta sonu çok güzel bir konferans gerçekleşti. Konferans uluslararası bir program çerçevesinde eğitim sunan okul öğretmen ve yöneticilerinin paylaşımda bulunması hedefiyle gerçekleştirilmiş bir organizasyondu. Bizim öğretmenlerimiz de özenle hazırladıkları sunumları paylaştılar bu konferansta. Organizasyonu yapan okul, konuşmacılara konferans sonrasında bir e-posta gönderdi ve sunumlarını etkinliğin web sitesinde paylaşmak istediklerini ifade etti. Bu e-postaya gelen …

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Mar 28

TESOL Greece 36th Annual International Convention

Last weekend, I attended the TESOL Greece 36th Annual International Convention. It was my first TESOL Greece conference, and second time in Athens. It was a great pleasure for me to be in a wonderful line up of plenary speakers. From the very first welcome at the Acropolis museum to the moment I said goodbye …

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Mar 14

“British Council Turkey Teacher + Competition” by Jason Price

There were tearful scenes on the podium as Ozlem Akin, a state school teacher from the central Anatolian city of Kirsehir, was voted Turkey’s ‘Teacher +’ and walked off with first prize of a trip to the annual IATEFL teachers’ conference in Liverpool this April. What is a Teacher+? Six months ago British Council Turkey …

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Jan 14

10 Tips To Look Professional Online

I decided to write this post after getting frustrated with a couple of Facebook status updates during the snow holiday in Istanbul. Those messages looked very unprofessional, and I thought it was a shame because those teachers also had their students (maybe students’ parents) and some administrators as Facebook friends. Taking this as a starting …

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Dec 28

ISTEK ELT 2013 Website is Now Online!


Oct 31

Who is Leaving Lasting Footprints in EdTech?

Since I started using online social networks, I’ve met many inspiring educators who use technology in their classes and make a real impact on their students’ learning experiences. I also know that there are some teachers who do great things in their classrooms, but cannot find time to share their experiences with other teachers on …

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Oct 18

Six Reasons Why You Cannot Be A Bad Teacher

Year 2011. And it is almost impossible to be a bad teacher. Because… If you are a teacher who is passionate about teaching and who considers continuous professional development as an important aspect of your career, the opportunities to become a good teacher are ENDLESS. I am not going to share with you a long …

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Oct 17

Einstein Would Have Loved an iPad!

Einstein, who was never able to recall his own phone number, was famous for not memorizing anything that could be quickly and easily looked up in a standard reference volume. “Never memorize what you can look up in books,” he said. (Source: Life Magazine) He said this probably in 1920s when books and newspapers were …

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Feb 21

Who Is Going To Be The ISTEK ELT 2011 Roving Reporter? You Decide!

I would like to thank my colleagues for their interest in this competition. We watched brilliant videos and although it was very difficult to choose, we agreed on the top three roving reporter candidates. I would like to thank Anna Varna, Mark Andrews and Sabrina De Vita for their contributions. The ISTEK ELT 2011 Roving …

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Dec 06

A Beginner’s Guide To Edublogging

Well, the reason I decided to put together some information and tips about edublogging here, on my blog is the “Class Blogging” system that we are implementing at my school. Actually we started it last year and I’m sure our class blogs will be more successful this year. We have eight schools in Istanbul and …

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