Thursday, October 31, 2013

It's Hallowe'en!!!

Booo!
Wishing you a frightfully happy Hallowe'en!!! 
What better way to do thay other than THIS e-card
Just click on its images along the way and be spooked!!!
I also suggest you one of my favourite e-cards service: www.hellocrazy.com

                                                                      
Halloween bento box
  Image credits: Maki via Flickr CC

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

More Hallowe'en resources

Teaching English - British Council suggests these activities for Hallowe'en. I think the second one has inspired me to go to the kitchen and cook those snacks myself for a family party: All you need to know about Halloween and Halloween party snacks, each of them followed by worksheets and downloads.

Halloween Cupcakes
Image credits: Catherine via Flickr CC

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hallowe'en resources


Free ESL Topics Printables
It's a couple of days until Halloween. If you are looking for some topical activities for your students, you might like to check out these comprehensive collection of Halloween lessons (suitable for all levels) at ESOL COURSES. I particularly like the section Hallowe'en songs for adults and kids. I'm pretty sure I'll use This is Hallowe'en, by Marylin Manson - Prepositions gap fill in one of my classes, as well as The History of Hallowe'en - Questions Worksheet (listening activity).

ESLTopics.com helps you making teaching fun with its free and easy-to-use printable handouts. Scroll down the 'Lesson Plans' folder and download a 2 to 3 hour lesson (8 activity pages + Answer Key). It's a free, printable-quality PDF file.



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Monday, October 28, 2013

Demons inside you

I initiate this week with another post from my anonymous student at The Students' Corner. The theme relates somehow to Hallowe'en, this week's main topic, as my fellow student writes about the demons that hunt his/her soul. I hope that writing relieves him/her from those devilish creatures so that his/her mind may open to much happier feelings and sensations!  

'When we are kids, we are afraid of ghosts and demons. We do anything to stop them from  catching us. But when we grow up, when we start living, we understand that demos don’t live in the dark or under our bed, they live inside us… 
There are a lot of demons inside us. They attack us, they consume our soul, they destroy us.  But you have always a light that keeps demons away from your heart, your soul. That light makes you feel like you can do anything, go everywhere without losing your mind.
But all the lights end up shutting down and the demons start conquering more space within you. Then, you don’t live; you survive. They conquer your soul and make you feel like there’s no reason to live anymore. You don’t feel happiness in anything you do. They make you do things that you don’t need to do. You lose control, you just want to disappear… And the saddest thing is you can’t drown your demons, they know how to swim…
Nonetheless keep that light up and very high to illuminate your whole world if you want to live instead of just surviving.'

photo credit: Hani Amir via photopin cc</
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Friday, October 25, 2013

The dark side of Education


'As schooling typically takes place during the day, we often forget the importance of lighting as a constraint to education in the developing world. We focus largely on pedagogy and little on access to energy.
A recent documentary by award-winning filmmaker Eva Weber entitled “Black Out” (which you can watch in the player above) captures the importance of energy to education. In its opening scene, hundreds of children in Guinea’s capital Conakry are too busy studying under the international airport’s parking lot lights to notice the sound of planes landing. The learners, none of whom have electricity at home, gather in publicly lit areas every night just to revise their school work.'

This piece was written by Phil Goodwin, executive director of Lifeline Technologies, the product development arm of Lifeline Energy. Read more about it HERE.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

What most schools don't teach

'Everybody (...) should learn how to program a computer...
                                  Because it teaches you how to think.'
                                                                          -Steve Jobs


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Make a difference!

Chances are you'll meet your students in the Future!
They might be the doctor that saves your life; the paramedic that gives you first aid in a terrible accident; the firefighter that fights the fire for your house; the policeman that surveils the street where you live; the butcher that serves you the best meat for your meals... They might just make a difference in your life!... So, be gentle!... 'What goes around, comes around'...

Read about this amazing tear-jerker video HERE.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sorry! You have failed!


Who has actually failed? As Teachers, one must not forget that we are NOT always right! Admitting one's flaws and mistakes only shows our humanity! So, let's stay humble and not forget that we are no more than ordinary human beings! Human beings that don't own the truth! Human beings that are eager to learn! You cannot TEACH if you've forgotten that you still have a lot to LEARN! Because learning... is for LIFE! So let's learn our lessons well before being so judgemental!... It would also be nice to stop looking down on students! 

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Enhance your vocabulary...

... and colour your life! May you have a great week! And, in case the matter suits you, HERE follows an article about the Psychology of Colours. It is believed that your favourite colour says a lot about you! Have fun!

Image via English is Fun (FB Page)
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

How do we learn?

An Ethical Island Blog presents this revised Bloom's Taxonomy that is supposed to explain how we learn and, thus, help educators along the process of teaching/learning!

Click HERE to view in a bigger size
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Plastic

Another entry at The Students' Corner, by Joana Silva, now an 11th form student. This time Joana writes a very interesting review of the short film 'Plastic'. Worth reading, undoubtedly!

'Whilst Anna is preparing for a first date with Henry, a man she has secretly loved for years, everything goes wrong until she discovers the impossible - to sculpt her appearance like clay to any shape she desires.' 'Plastic' is a short film written and directed by Sandy Widyanata.


I came across this wonderful film while scrolling down my tumblr and I have to say that it was one of the best short films that I have ever seen, and I have seen loads of them.

How many times haven’t we wished we could change our appearance and make ourselves look like those models we see almost every day on magazines’ covers or even on TV? I can only answer for myself, and the answer is: way too many times.

As a female teenager, and not wanting to say that only girls have problems with their image, I have found myself looking at girls on magazines and wondering if that is what I really should look like. Well, I have wished I could look like them before, but then it hit me: “The girls in the magazines don’t even look like the girls in the magazines”. The truth is that they go through hours of make-up and then their photos go through hours of editing, creating something entirely different from reality.

So, after I understanding all that (and it took me a long time to), I believe, albeit I can’t say I am 100 per cent confident about my image, that I have gotten to a point where I have accepted it. No one’s perfect and no one ever will be. 'Perfection is completely overrated', as Helena Bonham Carter once said.

It’s very complicated to escape those stereotypes that society has created around the concept of beauty, and you have to be strong not to let it affect you and the way you look at yourself. So this film gives us a really important message, which is, in my opinion, that you’re not a doll. You are made of flesh and bone, not plastic. You might have imperfections, but they are part of who you are, and they’re what makes you unique.

I strongly advise everyone to watch 'Plastic'. It is amazing and it’s absolutely worth the time you spend watching it.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The importance of Fairy Tales

I came across this beautiful article and picture at Urban Times. I've highlighted the paragraph below as I found it truly amazing. If you want to read the whole article, please follow this LINK.


'Our fairy tales taught us how to live our own stories. Let’s work together to make sure the next generation knows how to bring an adventure to life by stepping offline and into a world the far more magical world of their own imagination. It was, after all, those tales that grew in us the ability to design websites, write code, and communicate this very idea via social media. Read a story that moves you today.'
In, Urban Times (abridged)

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Usher's ABC song

Do you know your ABCs? 
Do you need someone to teach them to you? You're in luck, because that's just what Usher is going to do! For more fun games and videos for your preschooler in a safe, child-friendly environment, visit us at http://www.sesamestreet.org.


Sesame Street is a production of Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization. The Workshop produces Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows, including The Electric Company. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy and numeracy, emotional wellbeing, health and wellness, and respect and understanding. Learn more at http://www.sesamestreet.org.
Source: YouTube
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

John Lennon...

John Lennon would have been 73 years old today. Look back at Rolling Stone's 1968 interview with the Beatle HERE.

Photographer: Yoko Ono

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The Students' Corner is back

This year's first post at the Students' Corner is an emotional text by a student who asked to remain anonymous. I hope this student continues to write and hopefully decide to show the world his/her name! Here follows an intense text about deep inner feelings.

Image created at Muzy Thoughts
'Now you are just a memory, I put all my heart in this, I love you the way I’ve never loved anyone before. The feeling when your harms are around me, the warmth and the security that one simple hug from you gives me…
I still remember the first time we hugged: I lost all the worries and all the sadness I have! It seemed like I was hugging you for hours, days, but at the same time it seemed just seconds because I wanted more…
Looking for your eyes, the bright inside of them… You don’t need words, just your eyes and your smile says that you love me. It’s amazing how I feel when I am with you, when I just think about you. It’s hard to stay away from you but its harder to be with you, knowing that you’re afraid of getting hurt again.
When I lost you, a big part of me died, I lost myself in the path back home (because home is where your heart is), I think I will never find myself again and I think you will never come back to the corner when we first met, the corner where you left me and where my soul is since then in the dark.
It’s sad because I lost the girl I loved the most, but it’s sadder because I lost myself and my soul in that place… '

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Monday, October 07, 2013

E=MC2

Let's get this week started! Have you had your latte yet? 
Enjoy this monday! The sun is shining! There's no dark cloud around the corner!
Picture via Grammarly FB page
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Friday, October 04, 2013

Happy Teachers' Day

   World Teachers' Day is celebrated tomorrow!

Picture via www.edu-active.com
'A Call for Teachers!' is the slogan of World Teachers’ Day 2013 (5 October), which UNESCO is celebrating along with its partners, the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNDP, UNICEF and Education International (EI). 

Since teachers are the most powerful force for equity, access and quality education, a call for teachers means calling for quality education for all. Quality education offers hope and the promise of a better standard of living. 

There is no stronger foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development than a quality education provided by well trained, valued, supported and motivated teachers. 

In, www.unesco.org (shortened)


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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Text Message Acronyms

Here follows a quite interesting text by Keti Lepi entitled 'All the Text Message Acronyms You Ever Wanted to Know':
Kids these days. Constantly with their noses in their phones, texting their friends who are nine feet away from them. And if you had to take their phone away from them, you probably can barely decipher what they’re saying. While some of the abbreviations are pretty mainstream and/or understandable (LOL has been around for ages, and K is fairly self explanatory to everyone besides my grandmother), other abbreviations definitely need some deciphering.
So here it is: your fun post of the day – a guide to understanding the text messages your students send. For the record, I’m firmly in the camp of using actual words, but I will admit to using shortcuts on my iPhone. My mother was taught how to text by one of her 18 year old employees, and so her messages to me are riddled with abbreviations. What about you? Are you an abbreviator? Do You Know These Text Abbreviations?
BTWITIAILWY: By the way, I think I am in love with you
POS: Parents over shoulder
NTK: Nice to know
WFM: Works for me
WDYT: What do you think?
DKDC: Don’t know, don’t care
JW: Just wondering
Source: Edudemic

Image via labfive.files.wordpress.com
Click HERE for a hi-res pdf
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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

International Music Day

I pay my tribute to this extraordinary voice on the day the world celebrates music! Enjoy! Today is the International or World Music Day!


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