Category Archive: Reflections

Apr 08

Reading Is a Fun Activity. How Can Children Discover That?

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What I remember from my childhood about reading is that I had to read many books that I didn’t like and understand. For example, I remember reading “Heart” by Edmondo De Amicis and I didn’t like it at all although it is a great classic. I don’t remember how old I was but it was …

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Apr 06

Okumak Keyifli Bir Aktivitedir. Peki Çocuklar Bunu Nasıl Keşfedecek?

Çocukluğumdan kitap okumakla ilgili en fazla hatırladığım şey anlamadığım, sevmediğim pek çok kitabı okumak zorunda kalmış olmam. Mesela Çocuk Kalbi kitabını, muhtemelen çok erken okumuşum ki, hiç sevmemiştim, çok güzel bir klasik olmasına rağmen. Bunun gibi pek çok örnek verebilirim. Tabii ki üzerimde çok güzel etki bırakan kitaplar da oldu, ama çocukluğumda okumayı sevmem için …

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Apr 03

We Say ‘Sharing is Good’. Well, Do We Really Share?

Last weekend, a great conference took place in Istanbul. The aim of the conference was creating a platform for sharing for schools that give education within a framework of an international program. Some of our teachers also attended this conference as presenters and shared their experiences with the other educators. After the conference, the organizing …

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Apr 03

Paylaşmak Güzeldir Diyoruz. Peki Gerçekten Paylaşıyor muyuz?

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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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Dec 25

11 Random Facts, Questions, Answers and ELT Bloggers

Thanks to my friend Eva for tagging me in this blog challenge:) I met Eva (first online, then f2f) a couple of years ago, and she is one of the most valuable members of my PLN. Well, to say the truth, the challenge seemed a bit confusing to me, but I thought it could be fun. …

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Dec 16

Child Marriage: The Worst Thing That Can Ever Happen To A Child

Today I attended a seminar about child abuse. It was organized by the senior class public relations students at Bilgi University. The moderator of the event was one of their professors, Betül Mardin, who is a very well-known public relations specialist. According to Wikipedia, she is called the grande dame of public relations. It was …

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Jan 29

Twitter Followers Are Not Avatars, They Are Real People

This morning, I noticed that a Turkish columnist who started following me and who I followed back unfollowed me (tongue twister of the day:) Then I went to friendorfollow and saw that a couple of Turkish professors did the same. First they follow people, then people follow them back and then they unfollow people. Is …

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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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Jan 08

ELT In Turkey From My Eyes

Becoming a teacher was one of the best decisions of my life. Since I found myself in a global staff room where I have contact with wonderful teachers from all around the world, I’ve been feeling more lucky and privileged. I think blogging and Twitter are very important turning points in my professional life. Both …

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Dec 28

My (Manageable) New Year’s Resolutions

Well… I had a look at my previous resolutions blog posts and since I still do not speak Spanish, I decided to make more manageable resolutions for the new year:) 1. Read more Reading for PD – My only problem is when I read a serious book (e.g. theory, research, etc.), my long term memory …

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