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Run Merve Run:)

I’ve put on my marathon t-shirt (number 120) again and started running at the blog marathon. Feeling very excited and full of energy, I’m trying to reach the finish line.

The Blogathon has been a lot to me so far. As one of the silver award winners of last year I opened the doors of a new world after the race. Being inspired by the race, I started my own teaching blog and I believe this has been the biggest award I have ever received.

Teachers of English from different countries have been running at this year’s Blogathon started by the British Council Turkey. The race takes place on TeachingEnglish site of the British Council. The blogging teachers are supported by the motivating comments of Karin Tirasin, last year’s gold award winner, and the 1st runner up, Eva Buyuksimkesyan.

Teachers send great posts about their experiences, share their ideas, discuss issues and comment on each other’s posts. The race started on 16 January and it will end on 12 February. The gold award, a ticket to IATEFL Conference 2012, has been really motivating for most of the blogging teachers. More teachers are about to enter the magic world of blogging planning to start their own blogs. The British Council Blogathon team is doing a great big job by giving an opportunity to the teachers of English by helping them update themselves, opening a free space to blog and of course motivating them with awards.

If you want leave a comment and support blogging teachers, you should become a member of TeachingEnglish site and it will only take a minute. It is free and fun guaranteed:)

If you want to read my posts at the Blogathon, just click on the titles below.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life

My precious blogathon t-shirt

My Blogathon resolution: Losing weight by writing

The personality you carry with you

Using movies in class

Sorting sticks of a teacher

One minute

Teachers of Crystal Teacher

Are you in danger of …?

Have you been to Barcelona?

A poem dedicated to Blogathon

Today’s Menu

The biggest snowball ever

Other post about the Blogathon:

The race is on in the ELT Blogathon by Adam Simpson

Marks, set,  go! ELT blgoathon 2011 by Dave Dodgson

I’ve entered a competition by Naomi Epstein

Taking part in the TeachingEnglish Blogathon 2012 by Sanja

Does everything happen for a reason?
merve oflaz

by one of my students Tulya Elif B.

There are films that change your life. There are songs that give you a very strong heart beat and there are books that spiritualize you. There are also some days or events that change your whole life.

My story begins on a nice snowy day in Istanbul of the 1990s…

Please visit British Council’s blog if  you want to read more.

The magic touch to your classroom

Would you want to change teaching into a magical mystery tour? If yes, you may try to create a Harry Potter themed class and enjoy the journey.

Hogwarts Houses: This is a great method that will help your classroom management. Divide the classroom into four groups and name each group as one of the Hogwarts Houses. Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Make a chart with four columns and write the names of the houses in each column. Write 100 points for each house. Display the chart on the wall so everyone can see it. You can decorate the chart with the logos of the houses as well. Take points from the related house if a student misbehaves, forgets homework or distract others. If a student participates the lesson, does regular homework or behaves well, give points to the related house. After a while, students will start to warn each other and try to be more careful. The winner group is awarded monthly or weekly.

Tip: If you let the students choose the names of the groups, it can take a long time because most of them would want to choose Gryffindor which Harry belongs to:) To avoid the chaos write the names of the houses on little pieces of paper and call a student from each group to pick up one so each can have a name. Another important thing is setting up the rules. Specify the rules very well and let your students know.

Prefects: Choose some students as the heads of the classroom. These students can take more responsibilities and help you to distribute the worksheet, prepare the class before you, assist you during the computer activities and so on.

Tip: You can choose one prefect per house, four in the whole class. To give each student equal responsibility you can change the prefects regularly so each student can become a prefect throughout the year.

Howler: If you want to warn a student, write a note on a red paper, fold it and give it to the student.

Tip: Do not overuse it not to lose the effect. Try not to use any offensive words that will depress them.

Word Cauldron: Ask the students to prepare word cards for the new words they have learnt. Students can share the words to prepare the cards. According to the level of the students, you may ask them to draw a picture of the word or to write a sample sentence using the word. Put all the cards in the cauldron. Play word games using the cards as a warm-up or in your extra-time. After each unit or module the cauldron can be emptied and prepared for the next group of words.

Tip: Find a box and stick a picture of a cauldron on it. If you can, find a cauldron:)

The Magical Eye: Make a list of the students on a cardboard and put it on the wall. Moody’s magical eye is capable of seeing things through objects so why not using it as a symbol for the students who have missing homework. Print out little pieces of the magical eye and then stick one for each missing homework next to the related student on the cardboard.

Tip: Sticking out the pictures can take time so it is better to choose students in charge of this chart. Maybe the prefects.

Magic Diary: Writing is a torture for some students. This activity can help them enjoy it. This imaginary diary is taken by each student in turns. Students should definitely read what was written before they write something because what they should do is to continue the diary in a meaningful way.

Tip: If the teacher involves, the activity will be really catchy.

The Sorting Hat: This can make question and answer activities very enjoyable. A student wears the hat and calls out a friend’s name to ask a question and after that student answers the question the hat goes to him or her. Even the most boring drilling activities will turn into a joy with the magic of the sorting hat:)

Tip: A paper hat will probably be torn very easily so it’s better to get a real one. It is very easy to find these kind of hats in the accessories or toy shops.

Anything you want to add? I think as teachers we can create a lot of new themes and make our students feel special. No matter what method or tool you use, the REAL magic is YOU. The only thing you should do is believeing in yourselves!

Looking forward to reading your comments and ideas…

Welcome to my place!

Dear Colleagues,

Dear Student Teachers,

Dear Students,

Dear Friends and Dear Others:)

Welcome to my blog! It’s a privilege for me to host you in here. I hope you will like my posts and share your thoughts and feelings.

I’m so excited about my blog. I just can’t wait to be in touch with my readers. Because of this, I’ve been wandering around with a grinning face as if someone is about to take my photo here and there. You know when someone is ready to take your photo you are expected to say ‘cheese’ and when you do that your face mostly changes into a grinning MSN Smiley. That’s the expression on my face nowadays.

My blogging story has begun with the inspiring competition the British Council opened in February. I should admit that ‘ELT Blogathon 2011’ has encouraged many of the competitors to open their personal blogs. Many thanks to the British Council for the opportunity it offered. The gold award (being sent to the 45th IATEFL Conference in Brighton) attracted most of us, sharing with other fellow bloggers charged our energy and precious guest bloggers supported us with their posts and comments. That was a unique experience for me. I enjoyed reading the posts, writing and sharing.

When I learnt about the Silver Award I received, I felt so happy. I will have a free entrance for Sabancı University ELT conference. I’m looking forward to taking place at the conference.

I believe the inspiration I gained is another award of the competition. I hope I can manage to keep you stay tuned. I am sure we will colour up our lives and shine our lights by sharing.

Remember! The more you share to more you grow knowledge.