11 Jul 2019

Avatars everywhere

Hi there, I am doing a research about on line resources for next school year. I try to look for those apps and tools that maybe will make the English lessons time to have fun and to learn at the same time. Also, you know that I have just finished my request for the eTwinning Quality labels and, because of that, I am diving into those resources that can help us in a European project. So, today I will pay attention to presentation tools. Here you have the easiest and coolest links:
Funko offers to you a way to design a peculiar avatar. It can be fun for your English lessons because after creating the avatars, children can describe them and practice writing skills.
Pixton is a cartoon tool that allows to create awesome comics and also you can design your avatar.
Avatar maker is another free tool where you are able to create an avatar.

Face.co similar to the previous one, what do you think?


and there are many more that maybe you already know: 
Face your manga is a social application which allows to create a Japanese style avatar. Judge for yourself
or voki where students can choose a different avatar. Also they can customize what they say.
So, we have many free resources that can make our lessons awesome and unforgetable. I encourage you to use them when you want to introduce writing skills. They are going to engage kids in a flash!

10 Jul 2019

16 years today

I do not why but our brain usually goes back in the past of our lifes. The one today is a memory to one of my bravest situations I have ever lived. Nowadays I can say that all is alright but it was difficult to recover myself. When you lose someone important to you, it can take time to adjust and learn to live your life. There is no right way or wrong way to grieve and it can take time. Difficult situations require it. No matter what the problem is, there will always be an opportunity here for you to either make a connection with someone, to discover something new, to explore a new path, or it might provide you with the opportunity to make a decision that could one day turn into an unexpected fact.
Personally, my family and friends were crucial and they helped me a lot. After that, I was a new person. Nowadays I am able to understand people who lose a child because I have been through that experience and you feel guilty. This is a normal part of losses. However, talking and sharing your feelings encourage you moving through your future life and, at the end, you are the one who decide to follow up because, in fact, you have a wonderful life. 

5 Jul 2019

Homage to illustrators

Why this post? As many of you know, I am a children books' lover. At the very beginning I did not know why a book liked to me, but a long the years I have been aware that not only the story was important, but also illustrations were crucial for choosing a book. I follow many illustrators and I thought about writing this post due to Guillermo Mordillo's death, a famous one. When I listened to that sad new I reminded of all of those artists who had stolen my heart:
To start with and as a homage, Mr. Mordillo who was famous for his trademark noses.

Alicia Borges: she is an illustrator and a designer.

She has a fantastic blog where you are able to follow her productions. Also you can contact with her. Once, I did it to congratulate her for her productions and blog. Also I said to her that when she would decide to use her pencils around Alice in Wonderland, I would be very happy ;D


Anna Llenas. It's sure you have seen her most famous drawings around "The colourful monster"
Roser Capdevila. Famous because she is The Triplets' stories author.
Núria Aparicio. She has "La Pendeja" as a nickname
Charles Santore. You can read this "50 years of art and storytelling"and you will see his special way of understanding art and illustrations.


The Italian Flavia Sorrentino. Click on the picture below and you will find a lovely surprise.


Mary Blair. She was born in the early nineties and she started to work for Disney. Later, she met her husband and they worked together.
Sempé

Rébecca Dautremer. She illustrated Alice in Wonderland giving a personal point of view that I share. She says that she rather prefer drawing than speaking. 



2 Jul 2019

Asking for a quality label

"Teach me yours" has been another eTwinning project where different European Countries have shared their own language at a basic level, bearing in mind multilingualism. Through the eTwinning net, we organized and planned a task per month and our students collected, learnt and recognized the most important words  around different topics: Greetings, Months, Days, seasons, weather, colours, jobs and food as the most important. After that, they compared the languages and they were able to realize that many languages have a lot in common and some of them are absolutely different. They made a difference between Roman and Germanic languages. 
Now, it's time to ask for a quality label. I wish my school could have its first one!

1 Jul 2019

Another eTwinning project is finished!

"Once upon a time, the game" was an opportunity for children to discover the games in the past through a family research where parents and grandparents were able to remind their childhood moments. Some of those games perhaps are going to be forgotten today, but it was also a moment to get to know cultures from different countries through the games.

By enhancing some traditional gaming experiences, which recall memory to experiences that have marked the childhood of parents and grandparents,  children were offered the opportunity to learn, to experience and to reflect on recreational moments of the past that can still be re-proposed for their rich formative function.

The games of the past, in fact, stimulate communication and socialization, imagination and sense of adventure, creative ability through the use of different and maybe primary materials.

The main objectives of the Project were these ones:
  • to encourage integration through games, offering valuable opportunities to respect the rules in each game, 
  • to develop collaboration, 
  • to stimulate the capacity of creativity by creating materials for our partners.

Here you have a link where you will find all the information related to this eTwinning project.
For ending, just to say that we have enjoyed doing this project. We played a lot and we were able to learn and to fix vocabulary by preparing materials for our partners as well as improving language and pronunciation when we prepared our videos.


29 Jun 2019

Quality labels

Hi everyone!
As most of you know, the eTwinning network is the biggest educational community of teachers and students in Europe. There, you can design and share projects with other countries and you are able to have an administrator or a teacher role. It is supposed that if you have worked rigurosely along the school year, you will want to have your task recognize and this is the reason of this post.
The period for asking an eTwinning quality label is opened till July 7th. The quality label indicates that the project has reached a certain national and European standard. 
For knowing if you are ready to ask for a label, ask to yourself these questions:
1) Does your project shared a plan?
2) Has it finished?
3) Have your students and you contributed to all the activities?
4) Have you and your partners organised collaborative activities?
5) Are your project results visible?

If the answers are affirmative, then I recommend to you to ask for a label. Do not hesitate and do it now! The last advice I would say to those who wanted to ask for it, is to write the description of the project in a document. Once you have collected all the information, then you will be ready to fill in the form in the eTwinning net. I will do it, for sure. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!


21 Jun 2019

End of the School Year!

Another school year has arrived at the end. That means that we have to say goodbye to the big ones with happiness and wishing them the best. Good luck!!!

14 Jun 2019

Ending the school year

Hi there,
we are really close to finish this school year and we are in a hurry finishing projects. Just right now, I have thought of sharing with all of you an idea that can be amazing in your dossiers. This is the WordCloud to summarize some topics you worked in this third term or along the school year. This is an example:

Another idea is to use mind maps, like the ones below:

These two resources have been very helpful for me. I hope you find them useful.
Cheers!!!



12 Jun 2019

Who is she?

Who is she is a tabletop game about courageous women who changed the world.
I thought of having it for using it in my English lessons. My very first idea is to work each woman. First, individually. Then in pairs and finally in groups of four. In this way, each group will know information about four women. After that, I will give a number to each group and I will make new ones stablishing a person from each group. At the end, everybody will be familiar with some of these important women. 



24 May 2019

A new poem for children

Hi there, after working adverts with year 4 students, I decided to write a poem to make them aware of our learnings. The strategies that designers use in the adverts are going to be easier to remember  when students learn it by heart. What do you think?

20 May 2019

Charles Santore

Hi there,
it has been a pleasure to find this video about Charles Santore, a renowned children's book illustrator. He talks about his "future" project. Now, I can say that I have this book in my hands. Worthy to watch it. 



18 May 2019

Girona

Hi there,
Girona fills the city with plants and beautiful displays for a few days every year in May. The visitors as me can find spectacular patios and places where colourful flowers are spread. Here you have a sample of a space related to Alice in Wonderland.
















This last one is not from Girona. I took it in the Saxion University in Deventer, in the Netherlands last March ;D