Posted in blogging, teaching

I’m thrilled

Yes, I’m soooo thrilled that some of my students have been doing great jobs on their own on the blogosphere.

This year we read The Great Gatsby with grade 11. They had to prepare a project trying to relate a topic with all the lessons they were taking. As they were the language department students, we thought they should do something related with the book they were reading.

When I introduced the era and talked about Scott Fitzgerald, some of them thought it would be great to do something related with the Jazz Age and the concept of American Dream as they all had dreams to pursue. They even thought they could find people in the streets of Istanbul and taking their cameras with them they interviewed people.

The more they researched, the more they liked the rythm of the era.

When we finished reading the book, they were all sad for Jay Gatsby and angry to Daisy.

On Tuesday they are going to present their projects. I saw their drafts but they keep the presentation as a  secrets and they are really excited about it. They say they have great surprises for us. I’m curious about it. One group started a blog and used it as a file and put everything they’ve done there; their own articles, articles from web, videos, interviews they’ve done… I think this will be a totally new approach to presenting projects at our school and I hope that on the day of the presentation, they will also use some tools that we tried this year.

When I see their enthusiasm, I feel motivated. I know I can’t reach all of them, the demotivated ones or the ones  who resist the idea of studying but I feel when they see their friends’ enthusiasm and motivation, they will start to move too. They will be some motivation for the others  and soon some others will join them or I want to believe they will feel they have to join them, too

I think these students make our days brighter and when I see their faces expecting an approval from me, I feel great.

I’m proud of them…

Posted in links

Not Web 2.0 yet GR8

learning

Blogging and twitter enabled me to reach numerous magnificent resources and links. They were mostly related with technology. I remember the day when I discovered cooltoolsforschools, I was like a child who recieved lots of great toys at her birthday. I was speechless and I wanted to use all of them. Days passed and I learned more. I love them, they are so cool and they are motivating the digital natives at schools. However, I still use the sites I used to visit a lot before I discovered the goodies.

My all time favourites are:

eslflow is a great site where you can find lots of inspirations for teaching grammar, writing, speaking, listening and vocabulary. You can find ideas to motivate your students with icebreakers and warmers and games.

esl-lounge is a site where you can find everything you need.

Novelinks is where you can reach great lesson plans and inspirations for literature.

ReadWriteThink provides teachers with hundreds of great ideas and lesson plans so it is always a good idea to visit the site.

classzone Just click on the book you use in class, and you will have access too many interesting links.

Posted in The Great Gatsby

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.