22 May 2017

Brain project

Hi everyone!
I am so happy because another challenge has been in my lessons. 
Don't worry because I'm gonna tell you what is going on: 
students from year 6 decided to find out some information about the brain. 
They wanted to know how it works and why it needs downtime. 
So, after introducing the topic, I used the jigsaw strategy to boost students' confidence with the information they had. So, they were distributed in groups of four and each student specialized in one part of the brain. After that, they met with members from other groups who were assigned the same aspect, and after mastering the material, they returned to the "home" group and explained their information drawing a mind map. Each group made excellent ones. At the end, we decided to have one in common. Here you have it:

Finally, I designed an activity to encourage them to build sentences about what they learnt. 


They have learnt a lot, they expanded English vocabulary and they improved structures. The end of the school year is here and I am very proud of all of them!
For next week, they have to "dygest" all the information because we will play the brain-game-kahoot. Students are very excited thinking of kahoot activity.
So, I hope that kahoot encourages them to review and study they brain facts they have learnt.
What else can I ask for?

18 May 2017

Spring is in the air

Hi everyone!
Spring is a beautiful season, isn't it?
 I started my day introducing some vocabulary related with the season (clothes, weather, flowers and colours).
Then, children worked in pairs and shared five words for each category:  
1. spring activities
2. Spring clothing
3. Spring weather
4. Spring birthdays
5. Spring flowers and animals
6. Spring colours


After that, I introduced the song below. Children had never listened to it but some of them knew who the Beatles were.
We could talk about the season that the song talks.
Finally, we ended the session filling some gaps with some of the words we had introduced at the beginning of the lesson.
It has been an excellent and grateful time not only for students but also for me.


Cheers!


11 May 2017

Worth to read it

Hi everyone! 
Here you have an interactive web that offers and encourages the development of sharing ideas and knowledge among their visitors.
Tap on the picture below (an interactive resource about stories and legends) and deep into lots of ideas and resources.



8 May 2017

PBL

Hi everyone! 
Most of you know that I decided to move from my old school to a new one which works through projects along the school year. This methodology is applied not only in kindergarten but also in primary where projects are focused on student learning goals and include different types of activities.
So after working in a new methodology I want to reflect what have been my feelings about Project Based Learning.
Adopting the PBL approach has produced a change in my way of teaching. I have to improve the presence of different levels of learning and special needs, the competences and social skills. It makes that students have to work in their own way to solve problems, to think and to access to information, processing and learning. 
Personally I think that this way of working has enriched me as a teacher because I have the challenge of improving my lessons every day through individual work but most of the times through cooperative teams by asking questions and doing reserach as well and making the students decide for themselves. The video below explains the most important aspects and elements of PBL. Worth watching! 


7 May 2017

Mum's Day!

Hi everyone!
It has been a perfect morning today!
I woke up at 7 a.m to run with a group of friends. After that, I had a relaxing shower and I felt satisfied because of the time I spent running. However, what I couldn't imagine is that the day would become better with my family because when I arrived at home, I had a lovely surprise!
My daughters, Maria and Christina, gave a special cup to me. The cup was made of goma eva and it was full of LOVE (lots of tiny hearts inside it). Also, they bought an insulated thermo with an important label on it: "Best Mom Ever" ;D All of those presents were with a cute note... Isn't it lovely? I felt proud of having the best daughters not just for those presents but also for giving their best and being excellent friends and workers.
   
Anyway, I want to wish all the best to those moms who are just the way you are, specially my mum! Here you have her with my two daughters.

5 May 2017

A riddle for the weekend !

http://youtu.be/Cm4OnFLl5Uw 
I am in me
I am in here
I am in her
but I'm not in you!
Who am I?
Click on the face if you want to know the answer

30 Apr 2017

Competence exams

Hi there, 
all primary 6th graders at Catalonia will have their English competence exam next May 5th. So, if you are a teacher or a 6th grader, here you have some samples from different school years. 
They can be useful for being confident about yourself ;D





29 Apr 2017

Be confident about yourself!



"With realization of one’s own potential & self confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” ~Dalai Lama

I absolutely agree with Dalai Lama's quote. That's the way I understand my life. However, I'm not sure if confidence can be learned but what I can say about it is that you must always try your best, not only in your personal life but also in your professional one. That is the way I can be passionated doing different tasks. 


28 Apr 2017

Alice always in mind :D

Hi you all!
I have just received these pics from a thai friend whose name is Mind :D. She is another Lewis Carrol's follower and she also knows that I love his famous book "Alice in Wonderland" and I worked it with my primary students as well. 
She went to Disneyland Paris last week and she thought of sharing these photos with me.
Thank you Mind Thanyathorn! They have made my heart become very exciting and remind me some characters in the book.
By the way, have an excellent long weekend!

27 Apr 2017

The shirt of the happy man

Hi there,
I had the opportunity to enjoy yesterday an excellent play written by Leo Tolstoy long time ago. It was the Shirt of the happy man story. Zum, zum Teatre has given to that famous story a magic treatement to make the audience enjoy with some special  effects.
Besides that, the leitmotiv of the play made us to think about what happiness is.
An excellent play for everyone!

26 Apr 2017

Another study set

Hi there! 
After working about the oceans and marine animals with 5th graders,
I designed a quizlet that will help students to check fish vocabulary. 
They will improve English by spelling and checking those words that we introduced in the English lessons. Besides that, they will reinforce their meaning just by looking at the pictures that each activity shows to them.

23 Apr 2017

St. George Day

Hi there,
it's an important day, Today! We celebrate the book's and the rose's day at Catalonia. All the catalan cities are full of people walking and looking at each stand with books and roses. 
For this reason, we had a special celebration at school last Friday afternoon, too: each teacher told a story so that children could listen to a story in catalan and another in English.