Tuesday, December 29, 2009

AFS English books is stealing teacher's work.

As a teacher I must stand for this cause and tell you all what's going on.
I've written about the site www.Eslprintables.com quite many times here. It's a wonderful, site where teacher's from all over the world share their work with no other compensation then that "sharing".
What happens is that many of the worksheets published on the site were stolen and published on some books from AFS.
I'm sure no teacher in ESLprintables worries when he sees his/her work being used at schools by another teacher. That’s what sharing is all about, but it's not fair that someone is making money out of someone else's sweat.
I’d like to warn all English teachers not to buy these books.
You can read more information about this on:
http://afsyayincilik-thieves.blogspot.com or

English test - daily routine - 6th grade

The last days of the first term were quite troubling for me. Suddenly I was surrounded by papers I’d never seen before and asked to do tasks I hardly knew how. Luckily it went out well. I did all the paper work and now I know how to deal with all that. Evaluations, reports… Well, by the time I would get home I’d be so tired that the last thing I wanted was to sit by the computer again…

I had some days to rest. I spent Christmas with my family (as I think it’s supposed to be) and now I’m back home again.

I came to the conclusion that I forgot to post my last 6th grade test. I’ll post it now.
It’s about daily routine, adverbs of frequency, prepositions of time and telling time.
I had very good results on this test. I was actually surprised because I thought it was a bit demanding. My students went really well in general.
Here it is:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Santa's daily routine

Next week I’ll be giving a test on daily routine to my 6th grade students.
In order to prepare them better for the test I’ve created this worksheet about Santa’s daily routine.

I must admit that this text was a bit complicated for them, but that was my point. I wanted them to feel some difficulties so that they are more alert when they study for the test.
The worksheet has got some questions about the text, one exercise on adverbs of frequency and another one about telling the time.

The last part is a chart with time prepositions which I hope they’ll study. (The chart is not mine; I took it from (http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar/preposition_time.htm )

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Dear readers,

Today I want to tell you about a wonderful website called: “Explore”
It has got many resources which can be used in class to show our students the real world we are living in.
Explore is not only good for language lessons but also for Science, History, Geography, but most of all, this site is about Philanthropy …

“explore is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the
world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and
inspirational, explore creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing
the selfless acts of others”.

A day before I found “Explore”, I was talking to someone about how rare it is to find people who actually care about helping others, and the environment just for the sake of helping.
The society we’re living in is becoming more and more selfish, more and more “me centered”. Explore has shown me a new bean of hope, there are still people who care, there are still people who want to give regardless what they’ll get. For all this, I want to share it with you:
There are many videos, photos and articles. Check it out by clicking the image bellow.

Ps. Don't forget to tell me what you think!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wishing a great December... and careful evaluations!

Hi everybody,

Today is the first of December. This is usually a month of great emotions and even greater frenzy.
Here in Portugal it's also the last month of the first term of lessons. Which means... evaluations are at the corner.
I already feel a bit uneasy about this.
It's so hard to turn a person into a number.
I believe this is the most difficult part of being a teacher. We all know that it's not only the tests that count. But how do you evaluate the rest. Students are human, some days they are full of energy and optimistic, and other days they wake up like if they want to eat the entire world.
There's no measure to evaluate personalities or reactions, interest or dedication.
No matter how many grids we create we'll always be unfair. It's helpless. We cannot know a student enough to be able to evaluate what he/she knows or what he/she doesn't know.
I'll do my best and hope that I don't miss judge any of my kids... It's all I can do.

Chat box removal

Dear followers,
I’d like to tell you all that Teaching-Frenzy will no longer have a chat box.
I've removed it some days ago and it's not coming back to the blog.

I’d like you all to write me using TF’s e-mail: (teaching.frenzy@gmail.com) or the comment boxes under my posts.

5th grade Test 2 - 2009

This was the second test I’ve given to my 5th graders. The topics which are tested here are the verb to be; personal pronouns; This/these; and the numbers from 1 to 20.

It took me a long time to put this all together but I guess the result was pretty pleasant.
The book I’m working with in the 5th grade is “The English Train” by Oxford University Press.