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I ´ve been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second  grade classroom a few years back.

When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually,show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model
airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they ´re welcome.

Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.

She holds up a snapshot of an infant. ´This is Luke, my baby brother, and I ´m going to tell you about his birthday. ´

´First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom ´s stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine  months through an umbrella cord. ´

She ´s standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I ´m trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching  her in amazement.

´Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, ´Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh! ´ Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. ´She walked  around the house for, like an hour, ´Oh, oh, oh! ´ (Now this kid is  doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.)

´My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn ´t  have a sign on the car like the Domino ´s man. They got my Mom to lie  down in bed like this. ´ (Then Erica lies down with her back against  the wall.)

´And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew! ´ (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!)

´Then the middle wife starts saying ´push, push, ´ and ´breathe, breathe. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom ´s play-center, (placenta) so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there. ´

Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I ´m sure I applauded the loudest.. Ever since then, when it ´s show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another ´Middle Wife´ comes along.

Disclaimer: I found this somewhere on the net and don't know if it's copyrighted or something. I just laughed a lot reading it, and couldn't avoid sharing it.
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{February 24, 2010}   Songs my kids at kinder love!

I was searching for videos of my favourite songs for kinder students. These are my students’ favourite ones, what about yours?

And MY favourite for preschoolers (and your children too!)



{February 24, 2010}   Back to work – day 1

Oh, my! Oh, my!

Today I got up really early!

My first class went pretty well, I had prepared a powerpoint presentation with vocabulary and some quotations to get my new student in the mood for talking. He really liked our first class, so I think I’ll have to prepare something as creative as today’s powerpoint presentation for next class!

My second class was rather long, because my teen student is preparing to sit for an English exam at school and we are practising with mock exams since yesterday.

Anyway, the day has ended as regards work (and I must admit that it’s too late to be awake and at the pc) but I wanted to share something my teen student loves.

There have been many posts in this blog about misinterpretations and wrong translations. The video I want to share with you may not be funny if you don’t speak Spanish, but if you do, you can’t miss it!



{February 23, 2010}   Links for Everyone!

I’ve just finished my first class of the day and I thought I have bookmarked many different sites during this summer. They range from video and song sites for kids to multiple intelligences information.If they are useful for you, or if you know about any other site that may be helpful and want to share it, please comment below 🙂

Kinder Sites

e-learning for kids
english4kids
eslkidsworld
Have Fun Teaching
childcarelounge
teachchildrenesl
woodlands junior
super simple songs
abc song
GenkiEnglish
eslteachersboard
bussongs
Prekinders
Making Learning Fun
Little Giraffes
The Virtual Vine
ABC School House
Teaching Heart
Teach Preschool
Deborah J Stewart
Pre – kpages

Multiple Intelligences

Musical
Visual
Logical
Verbal

Learning Styles/ VAK

Wikipedia (Check the external links provided there!!)
Learning Styles Test

A little bit of everything

Creative tools
Docstoc
Free Worksheets and Awards
9 Ways to Live Better, Longer, Happier
Main Reasons for Lesson Plans

This last link is a bonus, because sometimes, people think and ask that teachers have no reason to like their job. And they are wrong. There are 100 reasons to be a teacher.



{February 22, 2010}   Back for good :)

Hey! I’m back 😀

In  some hours I’m back to work again, wish me luck!

This year, I’ll be working in-company teaching business English, so be ready to receive new tips on teaching! (I’ll also work with kids, don’t worry – funny stuff will ALWAYS be present in geekyteacher!)



{February 8, 2010}   Lost in Translation

Today I found out something very funny. People do not always need to know languages to write about them. Or to translate them.

I was at the hairdresser’s reading a very famous magazine here in Argentina, and came across an article about LOST. Basically, the writer was talking about the final season, and when referring to the first episode, he stated “episodio de la nueva temporada… se titula “LA X”. (The first episode of the new season is called “The X” – translating what he wrote). And yes. he was wrong. The episode is called “L.A. X”, where L.A. means…. yes! You guessed! Los Angeles!! (it wasn’t so difficult… just by watching the first episode of the first season you could guess it… or by some googling :P) Furthermore, LAX is… Los Angeles’ Airport! If this writer had thought for a while, translating the title of the previously mentioned episode would have been really easy… (If only she/he checked the plot of the series…)

The point is, we as teachers always insist on the appropriacy of words, but when I see things like this, I can’t avoid thinking that our students are exposed to “bad translations” everywhere, and then they use those phrases in their speeches and writing pieces, and when you correct them… it’s a long story.

Anyway, I still can’t believe that people from important magazines in Argentina are not able to translate something SO simple as that! (I mean, when they study to become journalists, they have several levels of English, and they can get to an upper intermediate level easily!)



{February 4, 2010}   Finding

Doing some googling, I came across this wonderful site that all teachers should visit. It’s an awesome site where you will find awesome ideas and tips for your classroom. What I found super about this site is all the information on multiple intelligences!

As for me, I’m preparing laptop to become my main pc, that’s why I’ve been away from the pc for so long.

See u soon dear teacher-bloggers!



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