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A first Week Lesson

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advice from my students

 

Sorry for the delay but I was so busy with so many things and now I want to share what I’ve done so far this year.

For my grade 12 students who are getting ready for a very important exam for their future, I planned a motivational first week lesson. For this, I asked a few questions to my former students ( via Facebook) who made their dreams true, entering the universities they were planning to go.

I sent them the questions, they emailed me their answers.

I prepared a handout with three interviews. First I put my students in groups and ask them to match the questions with the answers, then I asked what these three students had in common, how they studied, what they learned while studying at university and then I asked them to prepare a poster on Achieving our Goals.

The students liked the idea and I think the things they read about studying, achieving goals were more powerful than my words telling them to study hard for their dreams. Sometimes elder young people can be better role models for the younger ones J

Describe My Holiday

It’s not my habit to write about my personal life on this blog. However, this is an exception. This year we decided to spend our holiday on Bozcaada (Tenedos), which was on our “places to see” list for more than a decade. Our friends who had been there told us that there was not much to do on this beautiful island except for its clean sea, wonderful and peaceful coasts, delicious fish restaurants, delicately decorated street cafes, wineries and delicious wines.

We only had a few days for a holiday this year so we set off for a dream destination. Kids were excited… On our way, we passed motorways, narrow roads, little villages, lakes, beautiful sunflower fields, a strait and olive trees.

I spent 5 magical days and enjoyed every minute of being there. At the time of departure, we left a part of our hearts there. We didn’t say ‘goodbye’.

Well, a teacher is a teacher everywhere and a blogger teacher wants to share what she has experienced, learned so I thought about a first week lesson.

beautiful sunset

 

 

 

 

 

Describe My Holiday ( A lesson idea)

Describe My Holiday on PhotoPeach


Create a slideshow with holiday pictures.

Create a handout with questions and a wordle to help the kids to guess your holiday.

Put them in groups and tell them they will write a composition titled “My Magical Holiday” and will describe your holiday.

Follow up:

Tell them to create a scrapbook for their own holiday with their photos.

Tell them to describe their own holidays.

Web 2.0 alternative

Glogster with their holiday photos and a short description of their holiday.

Power point presentation or photopeach

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breakfast prepared by Mrs Behice, the friendly owner of the guest house “Pansiyon Bozcaada”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handout:

New Year, New Beginnings

 

On Tuesday this week, I had my first lesson of the new year after the Christmas break. I wanted to do a session where the students would reflect and make resolutions.

I had some wordles(I prepared them for another lesson but hadn’t used) with quotes and proverbs on learning, motivation and acieving goals. I put the students in pairs and asked them to unjumble the sentences. I also gave  a post-it note for each pair and told them to write the unjumbled sentences.

While students working I walked and monitored them and help them to work out. Once they finished, I gave them another post-it note to write an explanation of their proverb or quote and finally I gave them another post-it note and told them to find a motto.

When they finished, they read all they’d done to their classmates and we put the wordles with post-it notes on them on the walls. one of the students said how different and colourful a language classroom is fromthe other ones.

 

 

Then in the second phase of the lesson I told them to create their ‘New Year, New Beginnings‘ posters.

I told them to include the followings on their poster:

  • best year in their life (explaining what made that year special)
  • important events/moments of 2011 (for them)
  • lessons learned in 2011
  • regrets (if there are any)
  • New Year’s resolutions
  • expectations