struggling with modern types of “computer mediated communication”

Dear friends,

I was lucky to join you here, because i am not among confident users of modern types of communication and honestly, do not like them. However,it helps be one of the members of the “digital generation” )))). Well, at first, some words about last year problems the most frustrating of which was internet connection with Moodle, the mail and so on, because every time to solve any of these problems I got the answer “You have to visit the IT department”. I hope not to have such problems this year.

As for courses we had last year, I think they all were useful and interesting, but coordination of deadlines was not very nice as well as the dates for writing. I would like to repeat my idea-one week for doing any task is not enough, more reasonable period is 10 days, it will allow us to read and write more accurately having time to think of the ideas.

One more year and greater challenge-writing THESIS… Till the end of August I was sure to continue my proposal about the demotivation of graduating students to become teachers as professionals, but one conversation changed my mind and I decided to investigate the topic of team-teaching. The draft title is “How  collaborative teaching is understood and implemented in Kazakhstan educational environment”. Having looked some articles and videos I learned that there is no pure notion of team-teaching, because it is one of sides of so called “collaborative teaching”  (two teachers are planning and conducting lessons).This type of teaching is used to provide better opportunity  to learn for all students through creating situation of success for pupils, who are quite different in skills and abilities to study. Collaborative teaching is important in the enclusive education, because the learning problems and barries can be solved in the lesson (one teacher is explaining, another one is helping students who need additional explanation or time to think).

There is a lot of information about main directions and approaches in this pedagogical sphere, but it is also true that this way of teaching is hardly researched in Kazakhstan environment. The international teachers are actively invited not only to Nazarbaev Intellectual schools, but mainstream ones as well. The International faculty  have to pass the selective contest and it means that now our educational officials understand that we need not “english-speakers”, but professional subject- teachers with academic background and working experience. It is fine to have the chance of working  and learning something  new together at the same time, but nevetheless there can be problems in the views and methods of teaching in our national environment. The problems appear when schools are working due to the international programs and should follow the national standards of education as well.  In this case the questions are to what extent  we should use the rules of the international methodology in our schools and how effective  collaborative teaching is if international teachers work without paying attention to the national peculiarities of the school curriculum; these are  only some aspects and I am sure that while doing the research I will come across more interesting and complicated points.

4 thoughts on “struggling with modern types of “computer mediated communication”

  1. Thank you Tatyana. I appreciate your perseverance in posting and commenting in an online setting even though it is uncomfortable for you. We will certainly get more comfortable and proficient as our time using this platform goes on.

    Unfortunately, we don’t have a long enough semester to make your deadlines so far apart, but @anninastana and I have taken all the necessary coursework and divided it into small chunks due once a week. You will never have to write more than 500-700 words per week. My advice is to set aside a regular time where you work on English and then you may have less difficulty managing the deadlines.

    Your writing clearly shares your views and experiences with the reader. There is also a clear organization pattern in which you gradually introduce your main idea and then support with details. The main thing to work on is proofreading for spelling and grammar mistakes. Comma usage (…at the same time, but nevetheless there can be…) and misspelled words (i, enclusive, barries) stand out in your writing and distract from your main message.



    1. I agree with your ideas of proofreading, honestly saying I do not like reading my works, but I will do it more attentively, thanks a lot.


      1. Dear Tatyana, I do not work in NIS but for me it is very interesting to me how is it possible to work according to international standards using state program and work without books (if I am not mistaken you do not use books on lessons. i.e exact one book you can select some) As I am a teachers for me it is not clear. and about teachers’ collaboration, I think you and NISs’ students are lucky to have chance to work with international teachers. You can share your experience and get their teaching methods. it is additionally good opportunity to practice your language skills. good luck in your thesis writing. I highly appreciate you as you are very experienced teacher.


      2. To work according to the international standards using the state program means that we work due to the international curriculum, but following the national standards in the language, especially in the 7th grades, when we have to scaffold the learners’ direction in gaining the knowledge in the language without english environment and poor skills in critical and creative thinking. We have to frame grammar and lexical work. We do not use any textbooks as it is done in our state schools, we have the topics and choose the material from different resources and non-fiction books we are reading on the lessons.
        as for collaboration with the international teachers mostly it is the planning of the curriculum and lessons. I cannot say that all of them are great teachers and experts, sometimes they do not know the programs we are working with. Mostly they are experienced teachers in their subjects and their lessons are not very creative, it is not often but it is the fact. Sometimes they are surprised that we are better in methodology than they are and they do not know our educational situation and opprtunities. As for us, we do not know what the content requirements of the international standards.


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