11 Random facts, Questions, Answers and ELT Bloggers

I haven’t taken any blog challenges so far this year and a dear friend who I first met on twitter and then in real life, Carol Goodey tagged me for a very challenging 🙂 blog challenge. It looks difficult to find 11 of everything but I’ll try to do my best.

Let’s see what the task includes:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.

11 random facts about me

1. I’m a mom to a beautiful lady and a handsome guy. They are twins.

2. I work at the school I graduated from and this was my dream when I was at high school. After working in 4 different schools for 6 years, I found myself at my school and it was 17 years ago.

3. September is a lucky month for me. Too many good things happened in September. My first date with my husband was in September. Four years later we got married in September, quite by chance it was the day of our first date. I learned I’d have my twins in September. I started blogging in September. I love September 🙂

4. Although I seem chatty and friendly in social media, in real life I can be very quiet.

5. I love my home and I can spend days at home without even looking out of the window. Weird, I know 😉

6. I love drawing, painting. I once painted the walls, cupboards at home and now I just spend hours in front of the computer.

7. I love reading books. I love leaving small notes in the books I read. I don’t like bookmarks. The pages should speak to me when I take the book back a few years later..

8. I don’t drive and I’m happy with it. (To my surprise I found out that most of my PLN don’t either)

9. I’ve always wanted to learn Italian but unfortunately never found time for that. I love Italian songs, writers, food …

10. I’m a good cook. I sometimes I even think I should quit teaching and open a bakery.

11. When I was a kid I loved watching TV very much, now I hardly watch anything.

My answers to Carol’s questions:

1. What do you most enjoy about blogging?

I like sharing ideas, speaking my mind, getting feedback and support from my PLN

2. Do you play a musical instrument? If not, would you like to? Which one?

Well, I used to play the piano now I simply can’t. I can only play a tune with my right hand but I wish I could start practising again.

3. How far do you travel to work? How do you travel?

I’m lucky. I live close to my school. I takes 20 minutes. I walk and then take the underground.

4. What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?

We start a new class every year. That’s a challenge. New kids, new habits… and I need to update myself regularly.

5. What was the first thing you ate today?

a piece of cheese and a cracker
6. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Why?

I love traveling. I wish I were a tourist everyday. Anywhere in Europe, but I think I’d like to see Dublin very much. Why? Well, books I read.
7. What month next year are you most looking forward to? Why?

May. I’ll go to Sweden with my students. we will attend our first MUN conference as a school.

8. What meal do you prepare most often for friends?

Depends. If I have more time to prepare lots of vegetables cooked in oil olive, salads, mezes, and meat in different sauces. If not, then pasta and salad 🙂
9. What was the last movie you saw? What did you think?

Now You See Me. I liked it.
10. What three things do you like to have with you when working?

My glasses ( well, without them I can’t read a single line. Thanks to my relationship with my computer I have terrible eyesight now), a cup of coffee (at home), my post-it notes ( in the class)
11. What do YOU think about reality TV shows?

Well sometimes I watch but I don’t spend much time in front of the telly. partly because we just have on TV and kids choose when they are around or my husband zaps and I spend my evenings reading blogs or searching the net.

11 bloggers

First of all I should say that I tried not to double tag anybody.  if you happened to be tagged twice while this post is posted, it’s a coincidence.

Karinne Sylvester ( @BELTfree)

Ariana Blazic (@abfromz)

Burcu Akyol (@burcuakyol)

Janet Bianchini (@janetbianchini)

Barbara Sakamoto (@barbsaka)

Baiba Svenka (@baibbb)

Anne Hodgson (annehodg)

Ana Maria Menezes (@anamariacult)

Sophia Mavridi (@sophiamav)

Dimitris Primalis (dprimalis)

Eduardo Santos (@ELTbakery)

My Questions for the 11 bloggers

1. Do you remember the first class you entered as a teacher?

2. What is your favorite social media platform? Why?

3. How do you think blogging helps your teaching?

4. Tea or Coffee?

5. Who is your favorite singer, band, musician?

6. Do you attend conferences? Why? / why not?

7. Who were the most helpful tweeters or bloggers for you when you started blogging or tweeting?

8. What will be the first goal in your New Year’s resolutions list this year?

9. Where would you like to travel in 2014?

10. How long does it take to write a blog post for you and how often do you update your blog?

11. What is your favorite food?

Thanks you Carol for tagging me and including me in the game 🙂

The random facts, questions and answers of the bloggers I tagged

Janet Bianchini

Anne Hodgson

Sophia Mavridi

Baiba Svenka

Arjana Blazic

Burcu Akyol

Dimitris Primalis


Teaching English To My Kids


 Being a working mother is not easy. Being a teacher and a mother is a real challenge. Sometimes my kids grumble to me about my job. They complain because I spend too much time working for other kids. They complain when they get lower marks from English and say I never do anything for them. However, I’m sure you all experience the same thing with your kids, sisters or little brothers that they never study with their mothers, fathers or elder sisters ( my younger sister used to do that )

Anyway I promised them we will do something for their English this summer. Maybe you had heard before that they also complain about my blogging, twitter, etc but they are also very curious about all these things. Finally, on Saturday we started with vokies. It was a miracle. My daughter was never willing to do anything for more than 10 minutes with me but she really liked creating characters and wrote about their lives. She created several vokies and emailed me. Instead of playing games, she spent a lot of time recording her voice and listening to it. My son is not as eager as she is but he also tries one or two. Then I decided we should have a blog for our summer work and then I created a new blog for three of us. I will write the posts and share the things they create. I hope we will manage to work till the end of this summer.

Do you have any suggestions for a helpless mother to engage her kids and teach english to them? I’ll be happy to hear them.

My blog, my toddler, my journey …

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Eventually My Journey in TEFL is celebrating her 1st birthday in blogosphere. I’m so glad that I started blogging.

I believe September is a very lucky month for me. I’m not going to reveal everything but many good things in my life all started in September.

Everything started last year on 5th of September with Ozge Karaoglu’s introduction to web 2.0 tools and blogging and I decided to be online.

I started my blog but I didn’t actually know what I was going to write.I just added some sites and some wrote some simple ideas.Then I decided to write about things I loved doing in the class, I had just tried with my students. Those were the days I also started twitter. These two looked so combined together. Days passed and I heard some voices. I got support from an online community I had just participated. They retweeted my posts, left comments and they followed me back on twitter and I found out I had already started to have my own PLN.

Twitter and blogging started changing my teaching life. I found myself in a constant professional development which enabled me to collaborate with teachers around the world. All these social-media things gave me the chance to speak my mind, share ideas and have friendly chats with my PLN.

Twitter also helped me to meet members of my PLN in real life. I now have friends from all over the world whom I know I can rely on whenever I need guidance.

If you aren’t on twitter,  if you aren’t blogging,  if you don’t believe they are useful for your career and if you have come across with this post via google search, please consider it again.

If you join,

You may receive a book that you need from a friend from Brazil. You may be invited to Yorkshire for teacher workshops. You may join a project of a friend living in another country. You may start a project with another friend in another country. You may give your students a chance to have a real conversation in English with real people using skype. If When you aren’t online for a couple of days, you may even get a message from a friend who doesn’t even know you wondering where you have recently been.

If you are blogging and if you are on twitter, you already know the privileges that we have. Thank you for the support…

I call my approach C-elt



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I really enjoyed reading the posts of my PLN about their teaching styles. I thought we have lots of things in common, the flexibility, being student centred, etc. However, I tried to name my style. I guess it is more or less similar but let’s look at the classroom as a kitchen with me.

Yes, I decided to associate my teaching with cooking. I love cooking. It is relaxing. It allows you to create things by mixing the most common ingredients. Cooking cheers me up and I love watching the faces when they eat the food I cook.

Cooking is very similar to teaching because cooking is a process that you choose your ingredients, tools and methods and create very delicious meals. Sometimes although you use the same ingredients, the result can be totally different from the previous ones then you should be careful to season or decorate it before you serve.

So the kitchen is my classroom. I have many fool proof recipes that I heavily rely on if things are though. These recipes are from people I trust. I’ve been using them for years and they work well.

Sometimes I have limited ingredients in my kitchen. Then I try to season the food with the herbs I have. Even the simplest dish can become something delicious if you know which herb you can use with the ingredients you have.

There are days that I usually don’t have any idea what to put on the table. I tend to improvise then. Some left-overs, some must-have-ready-made food on the shelves will rescue me.

And of course there are those special days that I can have tonnes of ingredients and time to prepare a feast.

If I need to name this approach I will call it C-elt ( cooking-elt).

If you enjoyed reading this post, you’d probably like to read the followings more:

What’s your approach called? Mine’s called ‘EmLT’ by Jason Renshaw

Guest post by Ceri Jones: What’s your approach called? Mine’s called ‘SLIL’

My Teaching Approach: DJ ELT by Mike Harrison

FlexiMoti’ approach by Marisa Pavan

And have you named your style yet?

Chaos on my blog

Well, I’m not happy with the look of my blog. I used Blue Zinfandel Enhanced by Brian Gardne which is very modern,simple and easy to look and read. However, I wanted something more energetic and decided to make a change.

Changes are sometimes very good and they save us. Don’t we change our hair colour or hairstyle when we feel depressed, bored or can not find anything to change in our lives so I changed the look of my blog and chose Notepad Chaos by Evan Eckard. It is lively, energetic and cute but now I find it too chaotic. I don’t want to change the appearance of my blog once a month. Yet I feel this one is not for me so for the last time (I hope) I will change it.

What I want:

three columns: but most of the themes I like have 2 columns so I think I’ll choose one of them.

colour: I want a white or pale white look. I find black difficult to read. However, some black themes are just gorgeous.

something like a notebook: yay but some themes are so beige which is not something I want for my blog.

personal: I must love it and it should say something about me. (I don’t know what, though)

Anyway, if you are reading this post, it means that I have finally found what I’ve been looking for and will keep it.

ps: and at last it’s ready… but I feel like I look for a different colour lipstick for a long time and back home with what I’ve already had…