12 Dec 2017

I can / I can't

Hi there,
this video shows an interesting way to work habilities. 
Some superhumans are shown on how they overcome barriers.
As teachers, we can make that whenever our students think that they cannot do what they want, they must believe in themselves and they must try to do.
I'm sure that they will forget their sorrows.
 

7 Dec 2017

Wonder, the movie.

Hi there! Yesterday I went to Verdi Cinema in Barcelona and I enjoyed a lot watching Wonder.
The book made a difference on me and I prayed for watching the movie as soon as it arrives at Barcelona. Every teacher must read and work the book in the classroom. All the characters are important in Auggie's life but also it's amazing to understand the reasons for acting how they do. Here you have a trailer of the movie. Worth watching!






1 Dec 2017

Alice Advent Calendar

Hi everyone! December is here and, as most of you know, I love traditions and Alice in Wonderland. For that reason, I decided to mix Alice with Christmas and here you have the result: Alice Advent Calendar. Hope you like it! By the way, do not open all the windows. Just one by one.

30 Nov 2017

The use of classroom space

Young children need to move about, so activities which take part in different areas of the classroom and require the children to be sitting or standing in different places are ideal: standing in a circle for a song, sitting at their tables to complete a worksheet, standing next to their chairs for a chant, etc.
That's the reason because I prefer to have less furniture and more space. I mean, I use the English Classroom with a split group, and when I have the whole group, I use students' classroom. 
Tables in my English space are always in movement. Sometimes they are laying like a U, sometimes in groups of four and sometimes in pairs. Depending on the needs. Ideally, some readings about this topic say that the children should be able to sit on the floor in a semi-circle or in rows in front of the teacher, who may be sitting on a chair, very close to the children. If you have enough space, a large rug or an old blanket spread on the floor will help the children know where to sit.

23 Nov 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Day!


Thanksgiving is here! 
I want to take a moment to thank all of your support, whether it’s helping children, FOLLOWING this English blog, or giving your support. It means so much for this teacher of English!
Although this tradition is not a catalan one, I wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving!
Whoops! I forgot it! If you click on the picture below you will find a present for TEACHERS: an activity for working phonetics!


22 Nov 2017

Healthy diet

Some of my students are studying food categories. After going to "Fageda Factory", they did a research learning the names of some food terms and grouping them into categories. They did a great job!
By the way, if you click on the food pyramid, you will find a game. Drag each food into the correct group it fits the best. 


I also prepared a ppt with healthy advices. That is a guide of a healthy diet divided into sections to show the recommended items for each food group. Also we have learnt what our body needs

15 Nov 2017

Spelling card game


When children have some spelling difficulties, maybe the best way to improve them is playing games. This post is an example to engage students in spelling success.
You can play the SPELLING CARD GAME in different ways. Here you have some ideas:
  • The teacher decides the topics for each group of students.
  • Select those words in which students have problems (the photo above)
  • Give kids the opportunity to decide the topic and to create the cards.

RULES OF THE GAME.

  1. It's very important to use English (it's my/your turn, whose turn is it?...)
  2. To start, a player needs to put the first letter of a word on the table.
  3. There is a responsability to shuffle the cards and to give 5 of them to each player.
  4. If a player doesn't have a card to continue, he/she has to take one from the middle.
  5. When a player takes a card from the middle, he/she cannot use it until the next turn.
  6. If in the same turn the player has several cards, he/she can put these cards on the table.
  7. The game is not finished until all the cords are completed.
  8. If a player has no cards, he has to continue playing taking a card from the middle.
  9. The winner is the player who has no cards to play.


9 Nov 2017

Similes


In fact, similes can be fun.
Look at this poem!


Finally, I want to recommend "Everything at once" by Lenka to work similes with children.

5 Nov 2017

What is gamification?

"Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems" (wikipedia)
In the video below, you will listen to Jane McGonigal, a game designer who will be asked about the effect and the advantages of using games at schools.
She comments that the clue for learning when playing consists of the kind of engagement when playing. 

In the video below, you have a real sample. You will see that children are not afraid of making mistakes, and they keep trying until they get it correct. They have fun, they are more motivated and they use the language in a natural way.
I can conclude that students that are allowed to fail, experiment, try on different social roles and  participate more in their own learning, learn more than students who are taught in a more "traditional" way.

29 Oct 2017

How the brain works

Hi everyone. As a teacher of English  I reinforce the foreign language in different ways. One of them is to listen to somebody who speaks English as his/her first mother tongue. That encourages me to improve the language I teach. Anyway, I'm telling you this because I'm a follower of Ted's lectures and I want to share the last I have watched and where Joe Dispenzam, who has a Bachelor of Science degree, gives a TED talk about the brain’s composition and the role of its parts in building our experiences up and creating emotions.
He begins by giving us an overview of the functions of the three independent brains we have, which are composed by billions of connected neurons. First of all, he states the neocortex is the most evolved part and the seat of conscious awareness. It gathers information and, as a consequence, this part of the brain changes physically due to the production of a new connection between neurons. Then, we have acquired a new experience. He goes on talking us through what is the limbic brain (emotional brain), which receives the response from different patterns of neurons and regulates internal chemical order. When chemicals are realised in the emotional brain, we get an emotion, one that will be still remembered after some time. Moreover, he claims that routine lulls the brain to sleep. Mr. Dispenza mentions the cerebellum, which is the seat of subconscious mind.
It is surprising because, although the three parts of the brain work individually, they give us memories of our experiences! 
Here you have the lecture.



It reminds me to a mindmap I made with year 6 students last school year. 
Here you have:

28 Oct 2017

Jeff Kinney's books





This is Greg. The main character in the "Diary of a Wimpy kid".
I'm a big fan of Jeff Kinney, and this post is a tribute to his books and characters. They are lovely.
I recommend visiting his site where you will find some resources to work his books in English lessons.
 Jeff Kinney didn't think of being a writer. He wanted to be a cartoonist but as he didn't have a job at any newspaper, he started working on Wimpy Kid in 1988. The first book was published in 2007.



27 Oct 2017

Multiple intelligences

Hi everyone! I'm following a training on-line course and we are working around the eight intelligences. Here you have a meaningful PowToon showing the main features of each intelligence. Also , you can follow the link MI Test and take the online test to determine which is your unique multiple intelligences profile. If you want to comment yours, I will be very happy to read your answers.

By the way, I have classified the activities we can do in our lessons.
I must say that depending on what we are focusing during an activity, it can work more on a specific kind of intelligence or another.