I started blogging four years ago with my students.



I started blogging four years ago with my students. Then, before I went to do a presentation about my class blog at an international conference, I started my teacher blog thinking that I could use it as a portfolio.  Not long after that, I started to post everything that I thought was worth sharing and I have been blogging since then.

I would like to thank British Council for this great competition idea and I hope to see many more ELT bloggers from Turkey.

Just to help you get started, here are my five reasons for becoming a blogging teacher:

Share with the world the great things you are doing in your classrooms 

We all aim to teach our students English but since every student and every class is different, we need to come up with ways of teaching that work for our students. So I believe a lot of you have very unique techniques that you use in your classes and wouldn’t it be great to share your teaching experiences with the rest of the world? Let your experiences and ideas  go beyond your classroom walls and inspire other teachers! 

Learn from other teachers

Once you have visitors from different parts of the world and they start interacting with you via comments, you will discover another great source for learning; other teachers’ experiences and their feedback.  

Spread your knowledge

I realized that sharing what I know is a spiritual exercise for me. I feel very good when I share something that could make other teachers’ lives easier. And blogs are very good tools to spread your knowledge. The satisfaction you get leads you learn more and share more. 

Meet great people

There are great people in the ELT blogosphere. Becoming a blogger is like becoming neighbours with them. J You will be amazed to see how warm and friendly they are. Here are some of them:

Shelly Terrell http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/

Marisa Constantinides http://marisaconstantinides.edublogs.org/

Graham Stanley http://blog-efl.blogspot.com/

Dave Dodgson http://david-dodgson.blogspot.com/

Sue Lyon-Jones http://the-pln-staff-lounge.blogspot.com/

Vicky Loras http://vickyloras.wordpress.com/

Özge Karaoğlu http://ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org/

Have fun!

Having your own web site and being able to update it whenever you want is fun.

Enjoy blogging and the lovely interactions in your global staff roomJ



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Hello Burcu,
We met before, in 2009, METU ELT Convention, where you and I both presented papers related to blogging. It's nice to meet here again!
The links are awesome by the way!

Hi Burcu,Thanks for your excellent guest blog post.You have put together a good list for our bloggers and these tips are very helpful.Best wishes,Sirin

Thank you, Burcu. I teach at a private primary school, too. I heard a lot about you and your blog. I had a look at your blog. I really appreciate it. As fas as I know, you re also trying to give a chance to your students to create their own blogs. I wonder whether it works or not.

Dear Burcu,You have written a great blog post again! We are all lucky to know you and read your ideas. You are an inspiration to us all!Özge

Hi Burcu,5 really convincing reasons! Have added a link to your post to encoursge other teachers on our TeachingEnglish facebook page to do the same. Please feel free to post there directly when you have anything more you'd like to share.Also, we'd like to extend an open invitation to you and all other teachers to join us on our new Teaching English group on LinkedIn.Hope to see you there!Best,Ann

Thanks Burcu
I think a lot of English teachers are great communicators who enjoy talking and sharing ideas about what has worked/hasn't worked in our recent classes, over coffee. I see blogging as a way of doing that with colleagues all over the country at any time - not just when we see each other at conferences!
So, thanks for your encouragement in getting EFL teachers in Turkey to blog :-)

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