The ” Time Capsule ” idea completed

In the beginning of the school year, I shared here, my “Time Capsule” idea..Our english class “Time Capsule” got opened, yesterday! !

I would like to remind you of this idea  now, that it’s complete!

THE TIME CAPSULE IDEA: For this activity, I use a Pringles can.

blogtime capsule

1) I have the kids write a letter to…. themselves about how they feel being in the 6th grade, what they think they will be doing during the year, what their expectations for the year are, who their “best” friends will be, what they would like me to do during the year, ( how I can best help them) what the most important thing they wish to learn during the year is and anything else that comes to their mind.

I ask my younger learners to write sentences starting with ” I can” , “I will”!

This is what we put in the time capsule ,in the beginning of the school year.

This is what we put in the time capsule ,in the beginning of the school year.

 

2) I put them in a ziplock bag and put them in the Pringles can to be opened the last week of school and reread by the students.

They really enjoy this, particularly knowing that they will be able to open the ” time capsule” at the end of the year!

They tend to forget about the “time capsule” during the school year though, and it’s always a big surprise for them in June, when it’s brought to class!It’s a great  lesson , too: they are  reminded  that, goals setting is important!

So, when the end of the school year  comes, my students are asked to  open the capsule and start reflecting on our start -of- the- school -year goals! This is an example of my students’ work! They wrote their text on the back of the paper which they had put into the capsule 8 months ago!!

DSCN6740

How precious is it,  learning about  how to accomplish goals ??

Better than just learning … grammar rules !..

When the time capsule opens, a discussion follows...

When the time capsule opens, a discussion follows…

The importance of blogging in ELT

My mentor to start blogging: the amazing Vicky Loras!

My mentor to start blogging: the amazing Vicky Loras!

When I started blogging a few months ago, I was just thinking about sharing my thoughts and teaching experiences. I didn’t expect to develop such a community, a friendship with other teachers from around the world.And , sometimes, I think I learn and take so much and give back so little…My motto is: SHARING IS CARING!

Many colleagues, ask me all the time about what a blog actually is or how it helps teachers …Well, a blog (short for weblog) is a frequently updated website that often resembles an online journal. It’s so easy to create and update a blog – it requires only basic access to the Internet, and a minimum of technical know-how.

Why I blog?

Blogging helps me to remember.So many times this year I said ” How did I do that?” and I searched my own blog to find out! I also used the blog to actually teach lessons- the pics from the previous year’s kids helped me to inspire this year’s bunch. Having a set curriculum, I often repeat concepts, but blogging helps me remember, teach, reflect and do better!

I blog because I enjoy sharing ideas! Blogging is an excellent way to network with like minded people and learn with them. I also enjoy the added benefit of having a written and visual record of the activities I have tried in class.

blogging kieran

By blogging, I have developed a community, a friendship with other teachers from around the world… The inspiring educator Kieran Donaghy, is one of them!

Here are some reasons for writing or using blogs:

Blogging is educational.

We are teachers, but also learners.

As an online portfolio of our classwork.

Blogging helps us to reflect.

And grow professionally and personally.

Blogging broadens our horizons.

Blogging shifts our perspectives.

Blogging motivates and inspires.

Blogging is a way to share our expertise.

Blogging is a way to find support.

Bogging spreads the word.

And makes it contagious!

Blogging is FUN!

My mentor in starting my own blog has been the amazing  Vicky Loras !

Vicky is a very inspiring blogger! I love all her posts!

Vicky is a very inspiring blogger! I love all her posts!

Now, it’s my turn….So, tonight, I offer a toast to my many dedicated colleagues with the hope that more good teachers start their own blogs. I firmly believe that all teachers should be bloggers.  I started because I felt I could no longer ignore the nagging sense that I must contribute!

The teachers get a voice other than in the class room,it gives them the confidence that they need to blossom and bloom.It would be interesting to draw the statistics as to how many teachers can actually speak publicly.Blogging will give them the confidence and chance to speak to themselves and others.

bloggers

Among a bunch of greek bloggers!

I admit that, I  blog mainly  for my own reflection.I started a blog thinking I might just share some classroom teaching  ideas but as I began writing, I began to discover the joy of expressing myself. Now I’ve begun to read posts by other authors which is expanding my thinking even further. I continue my efforts to contribute to the blogging universe, I realize that I’m learning more about myself than creating a learning space for others.

We all have so much to learn from each other- how lucky we are to have found a way to connect with so many, far and wide!

As long as I teach, I will blog!

Another amazing greek blogger: Dimitris Primalis.http://differentefl.blogspot.gr/

Another amazing greek blogger: Dimitris Primalis.

Sharing our knowledge, can make us better educators who provide a better education for children which means a better future for our world!

Finally, here’s a list of some great blogs to follow, before you might consider having your own blog….if you finally do, I’ll be really glad to know …!

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/top-20-teacher-blogs

blogging annie

Networking brings us closer: Annie Tsai from Taiwan and our shared project work, has been presented in a Tesol convention recently, by Vicky Loras! I am so grateful for that!