Sharon Turner has been an educator for the last 16 years both in the public and private sector and is currently an English for Academic Purposes teacher, researcher, learner and conference organizer at Sabanci University in Turkey. She is especially interested in, literacy, educational technologies, English for maths and science and learner-teacher roles in the learning, education environment.
In her spare time she has been organizing modern dance concerts and taking part in voluntary organizations. She especially loves reading and learning about physics, cosmology, mathematics, languages and art.
Areas of Expertise
Language Teaching, Children & Creativity, teacher training, Social Media, Project management/coordination, Research-Education
An idea worth spreading
is understanding the importance of silence. While living in Japan, I learnt an extremely valuable and sometimes excruciating lesson of listening to the silence. When I first heard about the importance of silence in Japanese culture I had no idea of what it meant, but as time went on I discovered that silence had many different shades, tones and feelings; that it was possible to communicate in the silent space. Imagine if we took time to be silent in the presence of others before we spoke and to listen to the silence, I wonder how much more wisely we would speak, how much more we would actually listen to what others are saying and how much more easily we would reach common understanding. Imagine how people could move forward together side by side and what endless possibilities they could create.
I'm passionate about
people from all walks of life, art, physics, cosmology, languages, travel, books and ideas.
Talk to me about
anything and everything.
People don't know I'm good at
creating and designing games for children as well as being able to mentally project images outside of my head in 3D.
My TED story
One day a learner walked into my classroom in Turkey and said "Sharon' I know you like science and technology could we watch a clip at the end of the lesson in English. I think the other students would like it". Well what he went on to show the class was my all time favourite TED Talk: Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo Sixth Sense. I was blown away and so were the other people in the room. I went back to my office and started watching loads and loads of TED Talks. I have never looked back. With every new class I meet I make sure that I incorporate as many TED Talks into my lesson content to inspire learners to think, explore, experiment and create.