Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Kate & William's 1st wedding anniversary


photo credits: Mario Testino
William and Kate will spend their first wedding anniversary in private with friends. St James' Palace confirmed the couple have travelled to an undisclosed location in the UK to an event which falls on the day they married one year ago. On April 29 last year, tens of thousands flocked to London and two billion people tuned in to watch Prince William tie the knot with Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. Kate's first 12 months as a member of the Royal Family has seen a number of firsts, including her first Christmas at Sandringham. In her first year as a member of the Royal Family Kate hasn't put a foot wrong.She has shown she is as comfortable in the limelight on her own, as she is in an unbeatable double act alongside her husband. 

Source: SkyNews (abridged)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Steve Jobs's infographic

source: infographics

Go to Lessons Learned from the life of Steve Jobs, if you please, and ZOOM this infographic to read it better!... It's worth doing!..

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

To a student of mine who's suffered a major loss

found it @ fotolog.com
Being a teacher @PineTree is not just about teaching, learning, getting involved in the annual planning activities, giving a ride to my students on their way to school or even having lunch with some of them... It is also about being there for them in the saddest moment of their lives... Yesterday, it was one of those moments!... A student of mine lost her father in a tragic and unexpected way!... Together with some other teachers and most of her classmates, I went to the funeral and attended both the religious service and the burial... The principal of our school, as well as her team, were also there, which made it all even more meaningful!... I felt an overwhelming energy was generated in that place. As part of a school community, all of us were there to give our support, trying to lessen her pain...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

'Mind full' or 'mindful'?


      found pic @ FreeYourMindandThink

'Mindful' - adjective which means 'attentive', 'aware', or 'careful' 
'Mind full' - the intellect, brain activity with lots of thoughts, ideas, worries, whatsoever...
Whenever you don't know, or don't quite understand, the meaning of any word or expression, I suggest consulting either two of my favourite online dictionaries: the dictionary.com, or the macmillan dictionary. Whenever online, you should always use monolingual dictionaries, which also have the translation option, so that you have no doubts about the clear meaning of the word or expression. If you only use online language translation services, which support several languages, and instantly translate text and webpages, you may end up with meaningless translations, which might be funny, I admit, but  they won't help you improve your vocabulary skills. So... having said this, are you 'mindful' or do you have your 'mind full'?

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Shakespeare + the World Book & Copyright Day

'Many fans and enthusiasts of William Shakespeare, who was one of England’s greatest poets and dramatists, celebrate National Shakespeare Day, also known as Shakespeare Day, on April 23 each year. April 23 is also St George’s Day and the United Nations’ World Book and Copyright Day, which was a natural choice to pay a worldwide tribute to writers such as Shakespeare.(...)'

Found picture at Why do I Blog?
'St George's Day in England remembers St George, England's patron saint. The anniversary of his death, which is on April 23, is seen as England's national day. According to legend, he was a soldier in the Roman army who killed a dragon and saved a princess.(...)'

'April 23 marks the anniversary of the birth or death of well-known writers, such as Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Maurice Druon, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, and William Shakespeare. For this reason, UNESCO's General Conference chose this date to pay tribute to books, the authors who wrote them, and the copyright laws that protect them.(...)' Source: timeanddate.com (abridged and adapted)

Go to timeanddate.com in case you want to know more details about these three celebrations. I also suggest that you access the YouTube and watch video #3 of the History of English collection about William Shakespeare!...


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Sunday, April 22, 2012

What a wonderful world...

On April 22, our Planet celebrates the Earth Day...


                                           Go to Earth Day 2012 and ... take action!


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Friday, April 20, 2012

Laugh more - stress Less

April is the national HUMOR month... in the US!

"April is National Humor Month and was founded in 1976 by Larry Wilde, best-selling humorist. According to Wilde, National Humor Month is designed to heighten public awareness on how laughter can improve health, boost morale, and enrich a person’s quality of life. Did you know laughter reduces stress hormones like cortisol and ephinephrine while also increasing the levels of health, enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters? Psychology Today reports that laughter often defuses anger and anxiety; and much like yawning laughter is contagious. Not a believer? I pretty much dare you to look at Baby Micah laughing hysterically and not laugh out loud!...


Aside from a strong immune system, laughter works the diaphragm, provides an emotional release, and it connects us with others. There is an intimate bond that develops between people who can share a good laugh. In truth, sharing a hearty giggle can keep things in perspective, draw attention away from negative emotion and empower us to refocus our attention and move forward. Humor fun fact: Did you know that women, on average, laugh about 126 percent more times than men? I’m not rushing to conclusions, but that could be why we have a longer life span. Wink! No matter what the month of April typically means for you, make the decision to laugh more, stress less and enjoy life’s little blessings along the way."
(adapted and abridged)

found it @the cool hunter

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Do you speak English?

«Not a word, no!... It's one of those things, really...
  I should have paid more attention in school, you know...»


A very funny way to lecture the unit 'A world of many languages', particularly the issue 'the British accent', for instance; or simply a moment of humour at the end of the lesson, minutes before the bell rings... Last, but not least, enjoy this 'Keep calm and...' phrasal template version:

pic via Google Images
Tip:
Show your students the picture above and challenge them for a British vs American accent contest... Would their answer be 'Challenge accepted' or 'Challenge denied'?

      

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The British accent

  Found pic at ELL
Which one do you prefer? The British or the American accentMost of my students would definitely say 'The American accent!!!' And whenever - pronunce it 'wheneva' - I talk to them with the British accent, those same students will show their disapproval, by grimacing, and say: 'It's strange! Never heard that word!' However - pronunce it 'howeva' - some, not many, just a few, want to learn it, as they like to talk posh!...                               

The following is a very interesting video about... (sorry, guys) the British accent:


This is a topic I particularly like, as it directs the students' attention for their 'speaking skills', whether  (pronunce it wetha) they like the British accent, or not! It makes them become more aware of their language knowledge and the importance of the correct pronunciation of words, as well as of the English language different accents, which should not be shortened to the British and the American... Let's not forget the Irish, the Scottish, the Australian accents and so many others...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

iCat and Prezi

It's been a while since I last used prezi in class!... Prezi is different, and it is now easier to create fantastic zooming presentations. The prezi that follows was created by me to use in a 10th form class about 'The Technological World'. The students had read a text in the previous lesson - 'Robots Craze' (source: The Most Amazing Inventions, Time) and some of them didn't realize that such a robot really exists... This presentation aimed to show them not only the existence of iCat but also to practise vocabulary on facial expressions and emotions, as well as, to improve their listening-comprehension skills.

I do recommend the use of this tool in class. Students love it as it grabs their attention and makes them want to speak and comment about what is shown in the pictures/video!... Feel free to copy this prezi and use it in your classes!...



Monday, April 16, 2012

Rumour has it...

... Titanic didn't entirely sink due to colliding with an iceberg!

Found picture @ Ads of the World
In order to see the original size of the picture and thus read the explanation, go to Ads of the World, if you please. 
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Titanic - 100 years later

Titanic was a British passenger ship that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her first voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. She was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage. She was built between 1909–11 by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. She carried 2,224 people.

Note: In English language boats are referred to as 'she' because
«they are traditionally given female names, typically the name of an important
 woman in the life of the boat's owner, such as his mother. (...).»

Her passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as over a thousand emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere seeking a new life in North America. The ship was designed to be the last word in comfort and luxury, with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants and opulent cabins. She also had a powerful wireless telegraph provided for the convenience of passengers as well as for operational use. Though she had advanced safety features such as watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors, she lacked enough lifeboats to accommodate all of those aboard. Due to outdated maritime safety regulations, she carried only enough lifeboats for 1,178 people – a third of her total passenger and crew capacity.
On 14 April 1912, four days into the crossing and about 375 miles (600 km) south of Newfoundland, she hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm (ship's time; GMT−3). Over the next two and a half hours, the ship gradually filled with water and sank. Passengers and some crew members were evacuated in lifeboats, many of which were launched only partly filled. A disproportionate number of men – over 90% of those in Second Class – were left aboard due to a 'women and children first' protocol followed by the officers loading the lifeboats. Just before 2:20 am Titanic broke up and sank bow-first with over a thousand people still on board. Those in the water died within minutes from hypothermia caused by immersion in the freezing ocean. The 710 survivors were taken aboard from the lifeboats by the RMS Carpathia a few hours later.

The wreck of the Titanic remains on the seabed, gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet (3,784 m). Since its rediscovery in 1985, thousands of artefacts have been recovered from the sea bed and put on display at museums around the world. Titanic has become one of the most famous ships in history, being her memory kept alive by numerous books, films, exhibits and memorials. 
In, RMS_Titanic (abridged and adapted)

In 1997, James Cameron directed, wrote, co-produced and co-edited Titanic, a fictionalized account of the sinking of RMS Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. The sinking of the ship is once more remembered, and tribute is paid to those that lost their lives in the freezing icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, with the 3D version of the same film that has just been released this April. 

«It's better than good. It's smashing.»
David Edelstein, NY Magazine

Up next, follows James Cameron’s new CGI model of the Titanic sinking: As part of an upcoming documentary commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of the Titanic disaster, National Geographic has released this updated animation of the sea-liner's collapse by noted detail stickler James Cameron. Using forensic data from the wreckage, Cameron and his team have amended the ship's 1912 foundering.                                                        In, io9.com


Dive into curiosity.discovery.com... 
                                                          
  ...and appreciate a gallery of Titanic pictures.
                                                          
Last, but not the least, Titanic's 1997 soundtrack, performed by Celine Dion, which I dedicate to my nephew Samuel Leça, the most Titanic fascinated person I know!...

                                                          Enjoy, Sam!...

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ernerst Hemingway

'A man can be destoyed but not defeated.'
                                   Ernest Hemingway

photo credit: Gilberto Viciedo via photopin cc
Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of short stories and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of these are considered classics of American literature.
Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to enlist with the World War I ambulance drivers. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms. In 1922, he married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives. The couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent, and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s "Lost Generation" expatriate community. The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway's first novel, was published in 1926.
Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea in 1952, Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in a plane crash that left him in pain or ill-health for much of the rest of his life. Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba during the 1930s and 1940s, but in 1959 he moved from Cuba to Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of 1961.                                                                                       In , Wikipedia


If you want to know more about Ernest Hemingway, I suggest a visit to the following links:

source: piccsy.com

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What do teachers NEED?


found it @piccsy

Would you add anything else to this list?


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Think... before complaining!

source: stock photos
photo credits: IRC Blog
photo credits: China Hush
                                 
                                                                                       source: Weird World

These boys and girls have to walk miles to go to school...
They have to cross dangerous footbridges, in Zimbabwe, pic.2; wading through treacherous roads in Pili village, Chinapic.3; or sliding through a rope over a river, in Nepal, pic.4, to go to school. There's more @ MailOnline!...

They daily risk their lives for EDUCATION!


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Friday, April 06, 2012

Decorate your Easter Eggs

Aren't these eggs awesome? 
Let's have some fun this Easter!...



source: funny-pixel.com

If you think Easter eggs are funny, decorating them is even funnier!....
Take a look at the two-minute video below and use your imagination to give this Easter a twist of colour and creativity!... 


Enjoy your Easter!...
And let's not forget what Easter is truly about!...

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt



Egg hunt is a game during which decorated eggs, real hard-boiled ones or artificial, filled with or made of chocolate candies, of various sizes, are hidden in various places for children to find. The game may be both indoors and outdoors. The egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the Earth in Pagan celebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the rebirth of man at Easter. The egg symbol was likened to the tomb from which Christ arose.Traditionally the game is associated with Easter and Easter eggs, but it has also been popular with spring time birthday parties.

When the hunt is over, prizes may be given out for various achievements, such as the largest number of eggs collected, for the largest or smallest egg, for the most eggs of a specific color, consolation prizesbooby prizes, among others.    

Source: Wikipedia (adapted)                    
                                                                            
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Rebranding teachers

A campaign that aims to rebrand teachers...

Studio 360 and its design teams were commissioned to address a unique design challenge. Recently they reached out to Brooklyn-based design firm, Hyperakt, to rebrand the concept of teaching. Education is the key to human progress, therefore teaching is among the most important professions for humanity. Our new visual vocabulary should capture the excitement and magic of activating the potential that is innate in every student. It should celebrate the process of developing ideas, reflect the collaborative nature of teaching and pay homage to existing visual tools used in teaching.

                                                  

Connecting the dots: visual maps, like teachers, help learners brainstorm ideas, reveal relationships, explain processes, tell stories and much more. 





Found both text and pictures at:
  Rebranding teachers (abridged and adapted)

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

Monday therapy, part II


                                                                  @Vocibo

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Sunday, April 01, 2012

April Fools & Google

April Fools' Day happens on the first day of April, but do you know why we play tricks, gags and practical jokes on one another? 

History
In the 16th century, France celebrated the New Year just like we do today, except they partied on April 1st. In 1562, Pope Gregory changed the calendar to the one we use today and from then on, the New Year began on January 1st. Lots of people didn't know about the new calendar, or they ignored the new calendar and kept celebrating on April 1st. Everyone else called them April fools and played tricks on them.

Fools Around the World
In France today, April 1st is called Poisson d'Avril, which means April Fish. Children tape paper fish to their friends' backs and when the young 'fool' finds out, the prankster yells 'Poisson d'Avril'. In England, tricks can only be played in the morning. If a trick is played on you, you are a 'noodle'. In Scotland, you are called an 'April gow', which is another name for a cuckoo bird. In Portugal, April Fools' is best known as 'Dia das Mentiras'.

Practical Jokes on April Fool's Day
April Fools' practical jokes should be done in good fun and not meant to harm anyone. The best jokes are the clever ones where everyone laughs, especially the person who had the joke played on them.
Found information
@April Fools' Day (adapted)

Google is a great fun of April Fools...


The first Google April Fools's joke dates back 2000. Last year, Google April Fools' joke was about Gmail Motion '(...)which was a new way to communicate. The mouse and keyboard were invented before the Internet even existed. Since then, countless technological advancements have allowed for much more efficient human computer interaction. Why then do we continue to use outdated technology? Introducing Gmail Motion — now you can control Gmail with your body.'

Rumour has it, this year's Google doodle will be something like this...