Schools across the world have closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, teachers have been working vigorously around the clock by touching base, through the internet, with their preschoolers. In our school, we have children as young as two and a half enjoying online lessons with their teachers. How incredible is that? Children, that young, having Zoom video sessions? AWESOME... AMAZING... We started off not knowing much about online education, and now, we have become the best! The process has not been easy. When we started, we were like fish out of water. Right now, we have accomplished [...]
Dear Parents, As you know, reading at Keystone Schools is one of the most important skills. In order to reinforce our students & reading habits, encourage reading and set an example for them, we organize many activities such as guided reading activities, free reading, and the monthly Drop Everything And Read activity. While our students' reading habits are developing and in addition to mechanical reading, we use techniques such as rhythm reading, follow-up reading, focus on tone to express emotions and body language to express comprehension. We are organizing a project called "STORYTELLERS" in order to turn all of our [...]
Teo Salgado is a founder and principal consultant at VerveSmith Independent Educational Consultants. He has more than 20 years of experience working in international student recruitment, admissions counseling and alumni relations at the University of Toronto and Western University. Teo’s commitment to education goes beyond his professional practice. He volunteers with the McGill and University of Toronto alumni associations, advises recipients of the Loran Scholarship, and was recently elected as a director of the Higher Education Consultants Association. This week, Teo will be joining us to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 for students around the world and how to manage it in [...]
Dear Parents, You are cordially invited to attend our continuing series Physically Distant, Virtually Connected at 7:00 pm Istanbul time. Tonight will feature two of our own. University Counselor Mr. Haynes and Jinny our student council president will discuss online learning.
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” -Confucius According to Krepell and Diwall (1981), field trip as a trip arranged by the school and undertaken for educational purpose in which the students go to places where materials for instruction may be observed and studied directly in their functional setting. Kellington (2010) says, “teachers and students advocate — and studies indicate — that field trips are a key component of school instruction; they broaden the educational experience and make a subject more relevant. Students might be good at reciting and remembering things, but [...]
What do you first think of when you hear the word English Language Arts? What is that even supposed to mean? Is language a type of art? Well, Wikipedia says it is the study and improvement of the arts of language. It is the combination of these four skills we always hear of: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Literature can also be included. OK, great, now that we know about the art of English Language, how can we actually make it a creative experience for learners? One of my teaching philosophies is that the children should feel comfortable and have fun [...]
Before the 1980s distance learning was restricted by the limited technological affordances of the time. The interaction between students and teachers could be characterized as ‘singular’. Students received the learning materials from their tutors, and in return tutors would send the feedback back to the students. The introduction of internet in the 1990s changed the scene. It allowed teachers to introduce teaching methods that were previously impossible. Internet, offered connectivity, synchronous and asynchronous communication and a vast potential for educational growth and realignment. The theoretical models that were used in ICT’s infancy (1960s-70s) were informed by a behaviouristic view of [...]
The disease called Covid-19, which first appeared in the city of Wuhan in China, has spread to all continents except Antarctica as of today. We would like to share with you how we quickly moved to digital education following the closing of schools. As you know, all schools in our country went on holiday on Friday evening, March 17. We spent our first week with adapting to this suddenly evolving situation and preparing for online training, which would start 1 week later. Our greatest chance was that our Keystone high school started an online education program last year. With the experience [...]
Human beings ability to adapt, even though we are as small as a pinhead in comparison to our universe is amazing, I guess? Our online education, which was started at homes because of the Covid19 pandemic, is continuing with increased experience and additional innovations every week for students between the ages of 3 and 18…. Last week I was an online guest of 6 different primary school classes. I read the story books I wrote years ago to the children and then we chatted about the books. I was amazed by our adaptability at the moment, I am sure many of [...]
Nowadays due to Covid-19, we are forced to stay home. But staying at home doesn't have to be boring for us. We will advise you fabulous virtual tours. If you've never had the chance to visit the world-famous museums, it is now the perfect opportunity to stroll around them and take as much time as you need looking at all the paintings, sculptures, and artifacts. You can start with The British Museum.