1 teacher 5 questions: Mr Erdogan
The first edition of our new teacher snap quiz, features Mr. Erdogan, a classroom teacher and digital media specialist, at Delia School of Canada in Hong Kong.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Always do more.
What do you wish you had known when you started teaching?
Start using Twitter right away and don’t be afraid or a skeptic of it’s power to help you learn and improve as an educator.
What’s the craziest or most outstanding thing that ever happened in your classroom?
I teach digital music production to grades 7-9 students at my school. I was absent one day and my sub plan was to let my students create a new song while I was away. The next class I was shocked to see that they had started producing music that sounded exactly like 80s New Wave pop, without actually knowing the genre or having heard any of the songs from it before. In fact the song they had started felt a lot like “Don’t You Want Me Baby” by the Human League. I thought that was pretty cool.
Tell us one thing you would change about teaching, and why
I’m fortunate to teach in a part of the world (Asia) where teaching is a highly respected profession, but that isn’t the case everywhere. If I could wave a magic wand and ask for anything to change, I would want teachers to be more respected around the world.
What’s the best thing about being a teacher?
Being a teacher you actually have the power to change the world for the better. You just have to do a good job and use that power wisely.
Bonus question: describe your life as a teacher in 5 words.
International. Travel. Growth. Learning. Rewarding.