{November 25, 2009}   Oh – my – God!

It’s just 20 days for summer holidays! (Although the last day of classes is officially December 23rd…)



{November 22, 2009}   All I Need To Know About Life…

I Learned From A Cow

Wake up in a happy mooo-d.

Don’t cry over spilled milk.

When chewing your cud, remember. . .
There is no fat, no calories, no cholesterol
and no taste!

The grass is greener
on the other side of the fence.

Turn the udder cheek
and mooo-ve on.

Seize every opportunity and milk it for all it’s worth!

It’s better to be seen and not herd.

Honor thy fodder and thy mother
and all your udder relatives.

Never take any bull from anybody.

Always let them know who’s bossy!

Stepping on cow pies brings good luck.

Black and white is always
an appropriate fashion statement.

Don’t forget to cow-nt your blessings every day.

{November 22, 2009}   Good Practices in the classroom

Doing some googling, I came across a site called “Don’t Give Up”.

Don’t Give Up! Is a European Union language project that has written a book of 48 best practices for every level of language educators (schools, managers, teachers). The best practices will help improve the motivation and the results of language courses for adult learners.

The project spent 2 years researching and analyzing the problems of adult learners, language educators were asked their opinions and ideas, as well. The results of the research were combined with the project team’s ideas and experience.
The best practices cover aspects of managing language schools and classes, enhancing lessons, engaging and motivating students and dealing with many aspects of the problems adult learners face to learn a language. This book can positively contribute to the results of your language courses.

The summary of these best practices can be read here and may be really useful for teachers who want to improve their daily work.

{November 14, 2009}   The Final Countdown

I’m in my hometown visiting my mom, and I couldn’t help working… I turned on my laptop and started googling, and I came across several fantastic sites with lots of downloadable material.
I’m preparing recapping and final tests, together with lesson plans and activities, so I get hold of everything I come across.
Hope they are useful for you too!

Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers

Funny English

SparkleBox Start Page

{November 12, 2009}   Scrapbooking

As I have to work with Multiple Intelligences with my teen literature students, I thought of creating a scrapbook out of the Canterbury Tales. I’m new to scrapbooking, so I’m looking for information, ideas and tips.

Anything to recommend? I came across several sites but I still feel they are not enough!

Digital Scrapbooking

Digital Scrapbooking Free Downloads

(I guess this thing is similar to what I used to do in my page)


{November 8, 2009}   Want to learn word sets?

I came across this site which I found very helpful to revise vocabulary, since there are many vocabulary lists in alphabetical order, oriented to different exams preparation.

{November 8, 2009}   The day after TKT

Yesterday I sat for the 5 modules of TKT. I was sitting for different modules since 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. The first modules (1 and 2) were rather different from the sample tests and from those found on the TKT book. Modules 1-3 were rather easy, and we were more than 20 people sitting for each module. Modules 4 and 5 (CLIL and KAL) were REALLY easy. The funniest thing was that I found them the easiest of all the modules, and I was the only person sitting for them.

8 weeks and I’ll tell you the results!

{November 3, 2009}   Poems and games

Today the headmistress paid us a visit in 4th form, and she suggested playing a game I loved! After suggesting the “general topic” (ours was friendship), the teacher writes a sentence and folds the poaper lightly over it. She passes the sheet of paper to a student, who writes another sentence and folds the paper over it. After all students write their own sentences, the teacher gathers all students in a circle and unfolds the paper: a very nice poem – student made – is written on the paper.

That game triggered a google search, and I came across this site, with very nice ideas to work with poems.

More info and materials:

Teacher Tips Training

Creative writing and storytelling ideas

et cetera