{June 17, 2011}   Stories in a Bag!

Some weeks ago I attended a seminar at the Teacher’s Training College I attend, and I must say it was TERRIFIC Fabiana Parano showed teachers how to TELL stories in the classroom without resorting to a book, and using gestures and body language to help students understand the story.

Thinking on the effects stories have on children and adults, if you have the chance to attend any of her courses I highly recommend them!

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{June 4, 2011}   Books for Everyone

Doing some googling, I came across an EXCELLENT website where you can get public domain books just FOR FREE.

The site I’m talking about is FeedBooks, and I’ve already selected some books for my students to read. Which ones would you choose?

(To be sincere, I also chose one for me: “Little Dorrit” – just because I found the title really amusing and I know the tv series :-P)

{September 29, 2010}   Halloween Recommendation

I’ve already started thinking what to do this Halloween with my students, and I suddenly remembered this awesome ghost story:

Smee is a story within a story, which tells about the death of a young girl while playing a game. This was my favourite story when I was a teen, so I’m planning to prepare some activities to work with my students.

Read the story!

Listen to Smee!

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{September 19, 2010}   Reading Recommendation

Some years ago I came across a copy of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.It includes a “new, twisted version” of some the the classic fairy tales we were told when we were kids.

What is best about it: it’s an EXCELLENT book to work with preteens and teens! I’ve chosen these two stories to work with my 15 year olds at school, and they loved them!

{December 29, 2009}   Poetry and Kids

It has been highly proved that kids who are exposed to literature from a young age develop better literacy skills. I remember my kinder years, and I can easily portrait my teachers handing out pieces of paper for us to draw what we thought of poems they read aloud.

I am preparing a set of poems to work with my little students, and I’m thinking of providing them the written version of the poem for them to read and draw what they think and feel. Then, I will put all poems in student’s folders, for them to keep a record of their work. I will start from the easiest poems, where they will just have to draw, to more complex ones, where they will compose their own verses.

What do you think?

{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 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

{October 31, 2009}   The Teacher

Lord, who am I to teach the way
To little children day by day
So prone myself to go astray?

I teach them Knowledge, but I know
How faint they flicker, and how low
The candles of my knowledge glow.

I teach them Power to will and do,
But only now to learn anew
My own great weakness through and through.

I teach them Love for all mankind
And all God ´s creatures; but I find
My love comes lagging still behind.

“Lord, if their guide I still must be,
O let the little children see
The teacher leaning hard on thee!”

By Lesley Pinckney Hill

{September 24, 2009}   Teaching Literature

This year I started delivering literature classes to teens. As a first experience, I’m delighted with my performance, and every single day that goes by I have new ideas to improve my teaching.

Yesterday, I was googling a bit and I came across a site that all teachers of literature should know about. It not only provides useful information and tips but also links to many other interesting sites to go on investigating.

et cetera