Comenius Preparatory visit to Kayseri, Turkey

It all started in the ewtinning plattform where I met Erkan Ürey, Science and technology teacher.IMG_1874

The invitation followed and a month and a half later I was in Kayseri together with my italian partners.
I must say we were warmly welcomed by our hosts who turned our visit into something way more pleasant than just a mere work reunion. Despite the language set backs, communication went fluid as it could be and the project was nearly concluded.

I must say I was ASTONISHED with the way their school (çetin Sen bilim ve Sanat Merkezi) is organized.

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It is a school for gifted children with project oriented-learning, classes no bigger than 5 students and all subjects such as Maths, Physics, Philosophy, Turkish, English, Chess (!!) have their own rooms and that’s where the projects are held. I was really impressed with the emphasis given to Arts all around the school. They even have a special area destined to music learning with all sort of instruments! Amazing.

Thanks to Headmaster Fikri Ulusoy’s hard work the school survives on donations and sponsorships providing these children with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of learning out of the regular test assessment-oriented schooling patterns.

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We also had the opportunity to skype with the partners not present such as Poland and Germany.

I sure hope this project goes through and we continue to work together! 🙂

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Facebook template project

So I decided to challenge my students to do a project on HUMAN RIGHTS.
this is what I provided them:

#1 Name? My FB Martyr
#2 What is the Aim?
• Create a profile of someone, at your choice, who has suffered or become martyr
#3 How will we do it? Form groups of 3 people because this will be a cooperative project
#4 Where will we do it? The project will be done during the English lessons unless the use of a certain source requires otherwise
#5 How long will I have? You will have 3 lessons to finish it
#6 What resources can I use? You can use any resources you like with no restrictions (internet-laptop;mobile- dictionaries, encyclopaedias, people)
#7 Do I really have to create a new Facebook account? NO! You will use the FB template provided by the teacher (already in EDMODO)
#8 Then what? Then the best peered voted project will be embedded in the teacher’s blog
#9 How will I be assessed? You’ll be assessed in 3 key stages corresponding to each of the three lessons:
( All criteria to be assessed will be presented later on by your supervisor)
#10 What if the project is not concluded in due time? Well unless you have a medical report you will not have any other chance to conclude or present it

And these are some examples of what I got:

Manal al-Sharif

Joan of Arc

And Martin Luther King