7 Tips for Choosing an International School in Istanbul

2020-06-09T17:13:57+03:00June 5th, 2020|Blog|

I came to Istanbul from the United States over 18 years ago and I was overwhelmed with the daunting task of choosing an international school for my twin daughters, even though I am an educator.  Today the task is even more difficult given the huge increase of international schools entering the Istanbul market.  There is now a wide variety of schools to choose from that can fit the needs of most expat families.  My overall recommendation for parents is to take your time and do your research when it comes to choosing the right school for your children.  When you take [...]

Perfection is our mission: Online Education at Keystone Schools

2020-05-26T19:12:27+03:00May 15th, 2020|Blog|

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 [...]

A Good School Trip is…

2020-05-26T18:52:27+03:00May 3rd, 2020|Blog|

“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 [...]

Creative English Language Arts Teaching

2020-05-26T18:56:35+03:00April 30th, 2020|Blog|

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 [...]

A brief overview of the past, present and future of Information Computer Technology

2020-05-26T18:58:45+03:00April 30th, 2020|Blog|

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 [...]

Online Education

2020-05-26T19:08:41+03:00April 30th, 2020|Blog|

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 [...]

Education in the Pandemic Period

2020-05-26T19:05:55+03:00April 30th, 2020|Blog|

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 [...]