Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I've been looking for this for a long time, the collection of DVD's - in Portuguese - of this wonderful TV series. I've learnt a lot with it as a child and I would like to show some episodes to my students as well. If you happen to know where I can buy it, please give me a hint :)
Sunday, October 31, 2010
It was fun!! The pumpkin is finnished and hanging on the wall of my new classroom. (I forgot to take a picture.. ;( sorry... )
Anyways, I'm teaching primary now... (not english...) only Portuguese, maths and Science. Even so, we had to celebrate Halloween :D
Kids love it and so do I :D
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I got inspired by a game that already exists in the market: “the magic cards". Those cards have amazing images on them. I think that's what makes boys love them so much. There are horrible monsters, aliens with special powers, creatures that could only exist in a magic world like themselves.
Sometimes I think about my own work and I realize I don’t pay too much attention to what boys really like.
Since I’m a woman, I prepare my activities quite much oriented to the female taste.
This time, I bet the card game will not make a big success around girls, because it was mostly meant to meet boys’ taste.
How to play?
1 – The cards can be used to play a simple memory game. The kids can sit in pairs or small groups and try to find two matching pictures. (For this game you must print the pictures twice for each group of students)
2 – The second game you can play is “fishing” I’m not sure if the name of the game is the same in English, but my Portuguese colleagues will certainly know what I mean. :D The point of the game is getting four equal cards. Each student gets four cards at the beginning and the rest of them is randomly spread on the table. The students must ask their friends: “Have you got –witch-?” If the other player has one, he must give it, if he doesn’t, the one who asked must go “fishing” – he gets one card from the ones in the table. The game goes one until there are no cards left on the table. The winner is the player who got more sets of four equal cards.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Kids can paste it on their notebooks and mark their behaviour, their achievements and their friends' birthdays :)
All the best, and don't forget to comment :D
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Today I put some of my time into creating a set of 4 worksheets on seasons to be used at primary school.
The theme I used is: "The care bears". I hope you like it and that it will be useful :D Let me know...
Let's start with Autumn!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Here in Portugal school will only start again in September. What about in other coutries? Leave me a comment saying if you're back to school already. ;)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
- family words
- in/on - prepositions of time
- Possessive adjectives - my, your, his ...
- public places
- question words
- possessive pronouns
ps. The first page is a listening exercise. I wrote a text myself and read it so that the sudents could find out where each public place was.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I've added a new link today to my list of "Sites I follow".
It's a link to the official "Brain gym" site.
I don't know if you're familiar with this term. I was first introduced to Brain gym during my course at Pilgrims last year.
Since then I've been using it in class and it really has a positive benefit on motivation and concentration.
Students find it strange at first, but fun when they're used to it!
As you can read at the official site:
Mission Goals: We utilize the Brain Gym (R) educational model to:
- promote play and the joy of learning
- draw out and honor innate intelligence
- build awareness regarding the value of movement in daily life
- emphasize the ability to notice and respond to movement-based needs
- encourage self-responsibility
- leave each participant appreciated and valued
- empower each participant to better take charge of his own learning
- encourage creativity and self expression
- inspire an appreciation of music, physical education and the fine arts
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Some of the speakers I had the pleasure to learn from were: “Carol Read” – “to praise or not to praise?” ; Andy Cowle – “See, play, learn!” ; Chaz Pugliese – “Creating flow: Ideas for teaching fluency” ; Steve Lever – “ The magic of creating thinking” ; David Crystal – “Internet linguistics” and Lucy Bravo – “ TKT: CLIL – The Future of Language Learning.
It’s wonderful to go back to the “university environment” where I was sitting in a chair, in a room full of people taking notes and participating in the sessions. It’s wonderful to switch back to the “student mode”.
Learning new things now feels like chewing on a candy, it leaves that sweet taste and a comforting sense of fulfilment. It’s like finding out that the world can still surprise me and that I’m still developing.
Most of all, I came out of there “Hopeful”.
Teaching is becoming more and more difficult, as the students tend to be more and more challenging. It was nice to feel that I’m not the only one who thinks like this, but it was even nicer to learn how to make Teaching easier for the teachers and more appealing/ interesting for the students.
At the end of the conference I bought this book by Carol Read – one of the speakers – which I really recommend to all primary teachers. (Until the 6th grade in Portugal). It’s called “500 Activities for the primary classroom”. I guess the title speaks for itself.
In conclusion, I invite all of you to participate on next year’s APPI conference. It really is inspiring!
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Hi everybody! I've made this vocabulary test based on a picture dictionary that I've found on ESLprintables.
The Hobbies you find in the test are:
1 – Collect stamps
2 – Watch TV
3 – Feed the fish
4 – Play cards
5 – Make Pottery
6 – Play chess
7 – Play music
9 – Do crosswords
10 – Play computer games
11 – Do yoga
12 – Collect coins
13 –Play with toys
15 – Grow plants
17 – Listen to music
18 – Have a nap
19 – Surf the net
20 –Listen to radio
21 – Read books
22 – Play checkers
23 – Do a puzzle
24 – Cook
25 – Collect insects
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I recently received a new e-mail from Explore.org.
I'm sharing their massage with you:
Hope all is well.I wanted to let you know about a new feature of explore.org – exploreeducation! We have recently launched a new set of lesson plans writtenfor the K-12 classroom. They fulfill grade level national standards,and the plans accompany explore's films. The films document people whohave made a difference around the world, and you can watch them here:http://explore.org/education/We'd love it if you could share the plans with your readers and felloweducators. And, please share the link with us if you do!Thanks very much, and feel free to shoot me an email with any questions.
I've written about this site quite many times already, and I intend to keep on sharing with you what they are up to. It is a site which I'm very proud to support since its main objective is helping others in any way they can. Their materials are excellent. They have great quality pictures and videos which you can use in your lessons. Better than that, you now have the lesson plans ready as well.
Explore and Enjoy!
All the best,