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{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!

More info



{February 3, 2011}   Site Recommendation

2011 brought a very nice site to my browser:

It’s a free registration site for learning and practising English, while sharing materials and having a good time with people from all over the world. I’ve been posting here and there this last month, and I highly recommend the site!

 

See you there soon!



{January 7, 2011}   Back for good!

Wow!! It’s 2011 and I’m finally updating 🙂

I’m collecting new materials to share, but for the moment, I strongly recommend EnglishTalk to you!

See you soon!



{June 28, 2010}   International Exams at School

Today I had a meeting with the Cambridge representative in the area where I live, and we talked about the new “for school” version of the traditional Cambridge examinations.

It’s very interesting the way the exams have been adapted to fit students from different age groups and with a, perhaps, lower command of the language. What I told her was that I felt this would encourage students to sit for the exams without fear of failure (and avoiding private institute owners to charge unbelievable fees in their final exams – because, I think, as parents will be more aware of the prices of international examinations, they will decide which tests their sons and daughters will take). Since 2009, KET and PET for School have been in the market, and – apparently – next year we will also have FCE for Schools.

For more information, go to the Cambridge Examinations website



{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!



{October 26, 2009}   Recommendation

If you have problems recalling words but you remember their meaning, this site is really worth bookmarking: Reverse Dictionary

OneLook’s reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word. Just type it into the box above and hit the “Find words” button. Keep it short to get the best results. In most cases you’ll get back a list of related terms with the best matches shown first.”

Enjoy!



{May 22, 2009}   Twilight

I’m really commited to my reading of Twilight.  As I work from 8 to 7, the only chance I get for reading is travelling by bus. I still doubt how long will I resist the long bus trip having colleagues near home to travel with.

twilight

On Monday, I started reading Twilight. I was reluctant to read it at first, but when I saw it at the book fair I decided to give it a chance. I read two hours a day, as I go and come back from one of the schools I work. And I’ve read almost half of the book. I’m planning a trip to my favourite bookshop to get the other three books in the saga. I am eager to get on the bus tomorrow morning. I desperately need to finish the book tomorrow.

(The same happened to me when LOST came into air tv. I didn’t want to watch it because average Joe watched the series. One day, I got the dvds from season 1, and now I’m desperate for season 6 to start next year!)

And now, as I’m writing this, I find this link full of excellent materials on Twilight to use in the classroom. What else could I ask for? 🙂

PS: My boyfriend got me the movie (:

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More Info on Twilight here and here



{May 19, 2009}   A great idea!

I can’t remember where I got the idea from, but today, I made my English Literature students change the lyrics of a song to fit the story they were tested about (We read Five Orange Pips, and I chose “What a Wonderful World” by The Ramones for them to create new lyrics)

The results were superb, and the students had lots of fun looking for synonyms of the words from the story to make their ideas fit the rhythm of the song provided. I strongly recommend this activity if your students are art oriented or if you want to bring some fun and music into your classroom  – Your students will love doing this activity!

Here you have the Ramones’ version of the song and the lyrics a group of students wrote:

I have five orange pips

A letter too

It says I will die

Die really soon

And I think to myself

KKK I hate you

They have killed my uncle

My father too

I called Sherlock Holmes

To help me now

And I think to myself

KKK I hate you

In Baker Street I met him,

so serious in his flat

I told him how my father

and my uncle had died

I appreciate what he did

but now I am dead

Now he is saying

“I have failed”

My friend Holmes found the ship

It was called Lone Star

It sank in the sea

There are no solutions now,

And I think to myself

KKK I hate youuuu,

And I think to myself

KKK I hate youuuu…



{April 5, 2009}   Brainy Teachers

As I’ve said before here, this year I’m working at different schools which favour the theories of MI and Brain-related Theories. I borrowed this book from the school library and I’m half way through it. You know me… I’m kind of curious and today I sat down on my pc…

I was doing some research on the brain and was thinking about how important is for teachers to learn about how the brain works to provide better learning opportunities. Some of the sites I came across that provided me with tons of interesting information are:

Brain Connection

Teach the Brain

Brainy Friendly Grammar

Brain Friendly Teaching

News from Neurosciences



{March 30, 2009}   Back for good!

I’ve finally come back! I organized my daily agenda so I could do some research to share with all of you!

Just as a “warmer” I’ll recommend two sites where you can find different cartoons you can use in your classes or just share with your students to have some fun when they finish working.  If you have Internet connection in your classroom, then leave these two sites on your bookmarks and students will have lots of fun, specially when talking about teens and young adults! (Be sure to read the policies of the sites if you want to re-use the images!)

http://www.glasbergen.com/

http://www.offthemark.com/daily.php/



et cetera