Christmas time

19 Jan 2017

17 Jan 2017

Transition words

Hi everyone,
maybe this poster is useful for some of you.
Happy to share it through this blog.


16 Jan 2017

Useful tool

Hi everyone! This post is about a magic tool to help you in your lessons. 
Decide your own ones and surprise your students.

15 Jan 2017

Idioms

Hi there,
today I want to introduce some idioms.
I would say that they are a combination of words that have a "figurative meaning".  Here you have some of them related to body:
As a non-native speaker of English, the best way to understand them is to memorize their meanings.

14 Jan 2017

"Now is tomorrow"

Hi there,
Nowadays, Catalonia is pushing education towards new challenges. The Catalonian's "Consell Escolar" is diving into a deep reflection on the challenges to face the future of catalan education and it has organized five conferences to show what's going on and where education is going.
This morning, Viivi Lokk, from Tallinn's Educational Department, has introduced the audience into the Estonian educational system where children, from the very beginning, are involved in it so that every person is a lifelong learner. 
But, how do they do? These ideas are crucial for understanding the Estonian system. 
* Mentoring and coaching learners.
* The State gives a curricula but each school decides the concepts that they will work depending on need of its students. That is an important difference with Catalan system.

This morning (at Cosmocaixa,BCN)

So, those reflections have made me reaffirm on working through meaningful projects.


12 Jan 2017

City vocabulary

Hi everyone,
this is a ppt about our city or town.
It describes basic vocabulary to check with students.
Useful for English lessons!


8 Jan 2017

Coming back to school

A day before starting the second term, I have done many reflections about my job as a teacher. Each time I think about it I think that my job consists of building a rich environment that facilitates the kind of learning that will benefit my students. It is not to reproduce the lesson but to develop concepts, think critically, and apply and evaluate what they have learned, by providing opportunities and experiences that are relevant to such goals. Because of all of those reasons, I prefer to work through projects more than to have a book and follow the units without any motivation.
By the way, this is a popplet I created to summurize the advantages of working through learning environments. 
Good luck in your practice teaching!


Scratch

Hi you all!
Today I want to talk about a programming language for children. I'm talking about Scratch. At the beginning, this language was designed  for teenagers but nowadays it is also used by people of all ages, including kindergarten children with their parents.
If this is your first time to get in contact with it, here you have the Getting Started guide to read how it works.
By the way, Mitch Resnick, an important computer scientist talks about it in this Ted talking. Very interesting to listen to him and to encourage us to teach children to code.



7 Jan 2017

Clothes matching game


What's the picture? Is it a t-shirt or a jumper? You have 20 seconds to beat the clock. The faster you guess the more you score. A really fun way to learn vocabulary!
Come on, click on the picture above and you will find a funny game.
Enjoy yourself reviewing and learning vocabulary!

5 Jan 2017

An important night today!

There will be parades in our town this evening to commemorate the arrival of the wise men. That means that tomorrow we will celebrate The Three Kings' Day! 
Traditionally, children receive gifts, brought by the three kings, Melchor, Gaspar and Balthazar. 
So... Are you excited? 
Watch this Christmas carol written by John Henry Hopkins, who wrote both the lyrics 
and the music. Through music you will learn interesting facts about this cool tradition.
  
By the way, catalonian and hispanic families will usually celebrate Three Kings' Day with a lunch that is topped off with the King's Bread for dessert. 
Children also wear a crown at the table in honor of the kings. Here you have my last king's special bread made at home. I have hidden a king toy and a dry bean. The tradition orders that the person who finds the king has to be crowded and the one who finds the bean will pay the king's dough the next year. ;D


4 Jan 2017

Similes

What is a simile?
A simile is when you compare two things.
  Lenka, the singer, has an amazing song for understanding it better. 
Its tittle is "Everything at once" that means "everything immediately".
After listening to it, here you have an activity for working the vocabulary. 
You have the lyrics of the song with some gaps. The exercise consists in filling the gaps with the vocabulary that is showed at the end.
  Note: some of the words are supported by pictures. 
Hope you find it useful.


Remember the structure: as+adj+as pattern
Do you thing of more similes?