Will 21st century be a better place to live?

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Since I started blogging and using web2.0, I’ve been thinking about so many things.

One of them is becoming an individual. I think becoming an individual is so different than being a human being because an individual is a person who is well-aware of the world around her. For me an individual is the person who realises the pains of the others, who feels responsible for the changesn the world and of course becoming an individual is not an as easy and quick prosess as it sounds.It sometimes causes a lot of pain, lonliness or isolation.Still people start their journeys and voluntarily they choose to become individuals.

team workThe other thing that I’ve been thinking is becoming teams. Isn’t it important to be a team member? To achieve our goals, to defeat failure we must work in teams. Yet, it’s still difficult to be a part of a team unless you have turned into an individual. The ones who haven’t solved their problems with their egos will find it hard to work together.

collaborationThe last thing is collaborating. I strongly believe that becoming an individual and a team member were the concepts of the 20th century. Now it’s time to collaborate. By doing this we can learn from each other, we can help each other, we can motivate each other and we can …I can add  so many things that we can do together to help us to become professionally developped and well-equipped individuals and team members. Of course to become a collaborator you should have completed the other phases.

I also believe that if we can heal our egos our students also won’t have problems with their egos. They force us to use the technology and we, people from the old world, are trying to keep up with them. By doing this we can help them to collaborate, to work together, to share their knowledge and to arrive somewhere together better than now.

We still have a long way to go but I really want to become a collaborator which will be two steps further than an individual, one stop further than a team member. I want to believe that most of us will become collaborators by guiding each other and leading our childeren to a better future.

Reading Project

In our school, this year we are trying the project based learning. In each term a school subject is chosen and the project topic is given to the students. Then we group them, give all the necessary meeting dates, deadlines, rubrics, etc. We ask them to find and generate a problem. Usually, in class we brainstorm the ideas and come up with a problem. The challenge is they have to match the problem, topic with all the subjects that they are studying. (Of course, as long as it is possible) This year with my grade 11 students we are reading THE GREAT GATSBY. The project will be something related with the novel. Their problem is or let me say thir project topic is ‘How does the concept of American Dream affect the other cultures?’ That was something they came up with.Before we started reading the book, I wanted them to research the followings.

THE GREAT GATSBY                                                    

BEFORE READING

RESEARCH

1.THE AUTHOR

a.  Where was Fitzgerald born?

b.  What is his family background?

c.  When did he meet Zelda Sayre?

e.  What was Zelda’s background?

f.  How did the Fitzgeralds live?

h.  What happened to Fitzgerald in the last years of his life?

 

 

2. JAZZ AGE

When did it start? When and how did it end? Why was it called The Jazz Age?

 

3.  PROHIBITION

What was prohibited in some states in the USA during 1920s? What happened as a consequence of this?

What does ‘bootlegger’ mean?

 

4.  AMERICAN DREAM

What does American Dream mean?

 

5.  GREAT GATSBY

What qualities should a person have to be called ‘GREAT’?

They have already prepared some posters from GLOGSTER and some slide shows from ANIMOTO.

Actually I’m looking forward to seeing the result as this year I can also guide them to prepare much better presantations using the Web 2.0 tools.

I will also be very happy if you could also help me to guide my students to prepare something amazing.

Power point presantations

Power point presantations are a good way to revise certain grammar topics. Once you prepare your ppp, you can go to authorStream or Boxnet and upload  then your presantation is ready to be shared in the virtual world.I just prepared one and added it to my class blog and I also wanted to share it here. I’m planning to compile grammar presantations in my blog too. I also hope to find other ways to prepare better presantations. But for the time being this is the one that I can manage.

Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Progressive

What a lucky teacher I am

 

We started our school blog last week. I must admit I have the priviledge to have a student like Burak in my class. It’s been a week since we started but he is too fast. He now has his own blog and write about anything that comes into his mind. Even poetry…

We will start reading The Great Gatsby and I assigned them to make a research on the era and the writer and the book. They will present their findings next week. Still we have a week to wait but Burak prepared amazing things . I just wanted to share them.

MY FIRST FAVOURITES

Wordle: favourites

I’ve been blogging for a month and since the day I attended Özge’s workshop, I’ve enjoyed every minute I spend in front of my computer. It just became a kind of addiction. With the inspiration I got from the blogs I’ve been reading, I decided to write the lists of my favourites.

TOP 5 BLOGS

Nik Peachy; I think he inspires everybody who follows him

Özge Karaoğlu; despite being very young, she has vast enthusiasm for teaching and sharing what she knows with her colleagues.

Janet Bianchini; I came across with her blog and enjoyed reading it.She is very inspirational too.

Shelly Terrel; There is always somthing new and creative on her blog. It’s fun to read. She is also very supportive and encouraging.

Karenne Sylvester; She is an inspirational educator. Very enthusiastic and I believe she is very hardworking.

The list is actually longer than this list. Twitter is the best place to meet many other enthusiastic, creative and self-motivated teachers and educators an of all ages. I’m happy that I’ve become a part of it.

TOP 5 TOOLS

Apart from the blogs I’ve started to discover many new tools which can make my lessons enjoyable and fun to follow. My students started using some of them and created wonderful things.I’d like to share the first five that I like using most of the times but There are hundreds of others which are as precious as the ones I’ve chosen for this list.

Animoto; you can always create beautiful slides and use it in every part of your lesson.Your students can also use animoto slides to present their projects.

Wordle; With wordle beautiful word posters will decorate your classroom walls.

Glogster; great way to prepare posters for your lessons, a tool to preteach vocabulary, a wonderfu way to present ideas.

SchoolTube; You can find many videos or share your videos.

Slide; fun way to create slides

 

TOP 5 WEBSITES

I’ve been using the endless resources on the net for many years. There are sites that I love to read because there are wonderful materials, helpful advice and unique articles on teaching. Reading and following them kept me updated. They have always been fun and will continue to be on top of my favourites.

Teaching English, It is so updated. you can find anythinh you’ve been searching for there. Britlit will always be one of the resources that I’d like to use in my classes.

Humanising Language Teaching; this online magazine is something that and EFL teacher would always like to have in her favourites.

Onestopenglish; great resource for an EFL teacher

eslflow; You can find downloadable worksheets, grammar teaching ideas, icebreakers, precious warm-ups and fillers there.

readwritethink great  help  for teachers who teach writing

As I mentioned above, there are many more that I can’t write today. I feel abit guilty about it but you can even search the net and find the ones that you’d like to use more often.