23 Jun 2017

Alice everywhere!

Hi there,
most of you know what I love Alice in Wonderland 's book by Lewis Carroll.
In fact, I worked around the story with 4th graders some years ago and the experience enriched me a lot. After that, the world celebrated the 150th anniversay of the famous book's first publication in November 2015.
Someway, that famous story is always with me. When I walk a long my town, there is always something that reminds me something from the story. Nowadays, we have Alice everywhere. Last Sunday, as an example, I went to Salessians' School in our town where Alba Serrano and her mates made an incredible version of the story.
Thank you very much Alba, Dori and Toni for thinking of me.


and now, we have a new book with new characters which is highly recommended:

The Rabbit is David Cameron Camerabbit, who on June 23, 2016, on the day of the referendum in Great Britain, hides into a hole, the Brexithole. The Caterpillar is Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn-pillar, who from the top of his mushroom is giving lessons and advice to everyone. Humpthy Dumpthy is Donald Trump Trumpty Dumpty. He is at the top of the wall that splits Mexico from the United States, and from that point he is affirming that he is delighted with Brexit. The Cat of Cheshire is Nigel Farage, who is drinking English beer and he is against those who make Britannia no longer as before.
When Alice leaves the tears' sea and comes to the coast, they ask her where she comes from and what she is wearing, and when she says she does not know it, she has nothing, and she has never worked, they try to immigrate and illegal (: D) who comes to take the jobs from the English.
The Queen of Hearts is Theresa May's parody, who wants and does not want to be in the European Union. In the end Alice is in Parliament, where she begins to grow, she destroys ... and she wakes up a few years before today,
The author is Leavis Carroll (what a coincidence!) , pseudonym of Lucien Young.


Thoroughly enjoyable! My only regret is that unlike Alice we can’t all wake up and discover that Brexit was just a bad dream :(

21 Jun 2017

Summer time!

Hi there,
today is an important day!
Summer is here and it's also the end of the school year.
Here you have an energic summer song:
enjoy this time of the year with the summer jive!

19 Jun 2017

Happy Birthday Cristina!

We celebrated a special day today at home. It's my youngest daughter's birthday.
From this post, I want to wish her all the best for her life. 

21 years ago Cristina and I lived a memorable adventure: after having my B2 English exam, Cristina wanted to arrive before our plannings. So, there she was at 00:00 a.m. after swimming and living into my body for 39 weeks, she was looking at me, relaxed, trying to say with her eyes that she wanted to be with her sister and parents.
Nowadays, Cristina is pure energy, she loves music, she is good at arts and an expert in designing (she won a Barça balloon signed by all the football players after designing a poster for a celebration at St. Cugat- photo below-)and also she is excellent at English. In few days she will fly to Cork (Ireland) with a group of teenagers for the second time on her professional life. She will go on excursions with them around Cahersiveen and she will help children to interact with the native Irish people and families.
Cristina has her second family there. She has gone many times and she loves Ireland.
We were very lucky to meet David Sabatés, Turas language's Director, who was the person who introduced us, as a family, into Kerry County.
Cristina, I wish you could keep your good memories, take lots of photos, show your happiness, write your feelings, look at the irish stars, think about what you have, breathe, and enjoy a lot your 21st year.
Many happy returns Cristina!!!
Sunday, June 11th at 12:30p.m. St. Cugat

Summer padlet

Hi there! After celebrating the Oceans Day, children and I had an excellent idea, to share our promises with our mates uploading a picture that shows the promise. We have used a padlet wall so that we can upload it to the English web. Here you have.
Made with Padlet

18 Jun 2017

Basic vocabulary for young children

Hi there,
this is an easy quizzlet to review some basic vocabulary. 
Click on the picture below and start the activities in order so that you get familiar with the vocabulary. 
Have fun !

13 Jun 2017

Check how much you learnt

Hi everyone,
the end of the school year is coming and I am very proud of our work. In order you feel confident with your learnings, click on the pic below and follow the steps to do all the activities. I'm sure that you all will have good marks!

http://www.edu365.cat/primaria/muds/angles/friends/in016_es/index.html

10 Jun 2017

Web 2.0 applications

Larry Ferlazzo is a high teacher in Sacramento. He is also an expert in searching good websites to help EFL and ESL teachers. Here you have the best web 2.0 applications he considers in 2016.

8 Jun 2017

Take care of our planet!

Hi there! 
As many others, this post is worth it. 
You will see why in a few minutes ;D
As many summers, we see people leaving their trash on the beach :((
whether it's from a tourist or a local, it's ugly and damaging to our environment. This video is fun and an effective way to show those people to clean up after themselves. Hopefully most of us don't need a reminder.
Plastic Change International points out that every year 10 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean. PCI produced this video.
You can help fight plastic pollution here.

 HAPPY WORLD OCEANS DAY! 

7 Jun 2017

Thinglink & OCEANS DAY

Thinglink is a webpage that enrich your images. How? Introducing information, putting notes, links, more images or even videos from youtube.
First of all you have to register, choose the free version. You shouldn't have any problem. After that, tap on "+" create at the top on the right and introduce the URL where your image is or upload it from your computer.
Then, you just have to tap twice on the image and introduce the information you want.
Here you have an example that I uploaded today making promises for celebrating
the Oceans Day (June 8th)
Drag the mouse on the picture below and you will find children's promises.

6 Jun 2017

Non native English teacher or native English teacher?

Hi there,
some days ago, a friend of mine uploaded to my facebook wall an article where it was recommended to have native English teachers in Kindergarten and primary school.
Well, at the very beginning I was disappointed because that friend didn't believe that I am doing a good job.
After that moment, I thought a lot about the article and I concluded with different ideas that I want to share in this post.
Someway, I would say that this idea is a myth. What I find troubling is that many proficiency teachers assume to be good teachers, trivialising many other important factors such as experience, innovation and personality. While profiency might be a necessity at our schools, proficiency by itself should not be treated as the deciding factor that makes a teacher. It is SO MUCH MORE, It is to know your students, the culture, habits, to anticipate some problems while learning the new language and many other factors.

Anyway, having a native English Teacher is good for students when they are at a higher level, like B2 or C1. However, with lower levels, from beginner to intermediate, a non-native-speaker but fluent in the language, is better, at least in my opinion, because we have gone through the same experience and we can moderate our speaking speed and style easily. 
I would appreciate if you write your opinion down and share it with us. Thank you !



5 Jun 2017

Ocean's Day

We will celebrate the World Oceans day next Thursday, June 8th.
As fifth graders are working on oceans and marine animals, why don't we make a promise in order to have better Oceans and to protect the sea animals? 
Meanwhile, here you have a cute video where two children go from their home to places around the world before returning home to tell their friends about the adventure and all they have learned. By the way, the accompanying song of ocean celebration is a parody of Gotye's "Somebody that I used to know"



World Oceans Day is celebrated by millions of people all over the globe! Visit  http://worldoceansday.org

4 Jun 2017

Pronunciation

Today I want to work on common difficult sounds at English . Some words are pronounced incorrently by many of new learners. This is because the combination of sound is difficult or because there are silent letters and syllables.
Watch the video below and try your best with phonetics.


2 Jun 2017

Story Jumper

Hi there,
I had an incredible student doing her English Practicum this school year. In fact, she is going to finish it next week but I want to write a post about her Teaching Unit.
She decided to do it around legends. After introducing different resources and activities to students, they had to design a cooperative story with students from another school.
The task was an important challenge for kids but at the end, they have written good stories.
Here you have two samples.
Proud of all of them and Carla's effort. 
Thank You very much for being so enthusiastic!

Book titled 'ALBERT AND THE DRAGON'

Book titled 'THE STRANGE MONSTER'

1 Jun 2017

June is here!

Hi you all!
Today is the first day of June and I feel really excited because the end of the school year is coming.
For that reason and because the excellent weather we have at Sabadell, I want to share a song by Pharrell Williams that makes me feel very, very happy ;D
However, it is not going to be just a song, it will be an English listening exercise ;D
So, tap on the pic below and choose your level. Then, you will be ready to start the activity. 
You can press the BACKSPACE button to listen to the words you don't understand. If you have no idea, press on the TAB button to jump the word.
Enjoy it!
http://lyricstraining.com/play/pharrell_williams/happy/HeCaJ3y2Ke#

29 May 2017

Plurals

Hi everyone! 
After going to colonies with 4th graders I came back to school today and I reviewed plurals and...oh my God, children have made me so happy! 
I mean, when we were working around healthy life, we were talking and introducing some food items and I decided to do in plural and not in singular. 
I mean, I talked about apples and not apple, or oranges and not orange. 
Why? Because when we talk about likes and dislikes, there is always who says, "I like apple", "I like orange".
So, I think that this makes it really easy for the kids because if they do need to make them singular, the rule is simple: chop the "s" off.
In other words, now that the school year is closed to finish,
I am very proud not only of all students' productions but also the way of planning and introducing the  language.
David Bueno ( look at the Blog on neuroeducation  ) says that the kids build their brain through different neurons connections and learning language through oral activities is one of the most important ones.

Exploring plurals in this way is one of the easy tools that we, as teachers, can consider in order to help them.
By the way, I have run into this easy song so that the kids get familiar with the rest of plural words.

22 May 2017

Brain project

Hi everyone!
I am so happy because another challenge has been another success 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 the 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 research 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. 

22 Apr 2017

Earth Day

Hi there,
We celebrate the Earth Day today.
It means that people around the world are becoming more conscious of the urgent need to reduce pollution and save our green and blue planet.
So, Earth Day is not just a celebration, it is a call for action!
I worked it in my English lessons yesterday and students and I concluded that 3 R's are very important in our lifes: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Sara and Gerard, two students from 4th grade, gave to us some ideas about reusing:
1. clothes from family and friends,
2. mobile phones from family, so that you can play with them.
3. plastic bags in order to reduce pollution
4. Finally, reuse papers at school. 
Thanks to you both!

After that, we enjoyed an amazing song about the 3 R's. Here you have it!


19 Apr 2017

New changes

We have just started the third term and I am very excited because there are lots of tasks to realize until the end of June. However, this term will be very special for me. Personally, it is an honor to participate in different projects but also I have the opportunity to follow growing up in my own learnings not only from kids but also from my colleagues. I think that the clue of all of these thoughts is the passion for my profession. Come on everyone, happy and passioned teachers will change the world! 

17 Apr 2017

Easter Monday!

We celebrate Easter Monday today! We have a very sweet tradition in Catalonia: godfathers give an Easter cake to their godchildren. 
It can be also an Easter chocolate egg, a cute animal or any interest made of chocolate. 
Here you have some examples with two of my three nieces and my nephew, mmmm...yummy, yummy!

8 Apr 2017

Easter time!

I want to celebrate the end of the second term with this video from PEANUTS. You will see how Snoopy carries a basket with painted eggs and tosses an egg to everyone. However, when he gets to Charlie Brown he finds that he has run out of eggs. Then, he gives an embarassed smile and hands the boy his empty basket.  Snoopy is so cute!
Anyway,
hope you have a good time and enjoy with family and friends.
Keep in touch!

7 Apr 2017

An event for teachers

The English group-team from Sabadell invites YOU to the second What's up afternoon in this school year.
The EGT organizes this opened session for all those teachers who want to become confident with digital resources. If you are interested in the event, write an email to  crp-sabadell@xtec.cat just saying that we can count on you for next Monday 24th at 5:30pm.

1 Apr 2017

April 1st!


Today is April 1st, the day most commonly called "April Fool's Day" and it's celebrated in many countries by people in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Russia, Australia, South Africa, The Netherlands and other countries around the world. 
 It's a day
to practice jokesget creative and play fun pranks on people around you. 
Nobody is exactly sure where the tradition started but nowadays it's an excuse to play silly jokes on friends, as the example below at my kitchen.

Many newspaper, radio personalities, television shows, and internet web sites participate in the celebration.

31 Mar 2017

Some pics

Now that the end of the long second term is coming, here you have a carrusel which shows you some pics I took along these three months.

29 Mar 2017

Who doesn't love this song?

Hi there,
"You have a friend in me" is one of my favourite songs.
I like Michael Buble's Big Band from the album "To be loved".
It was very popular because of "Toy Story" movie.
However, my favourite version is the one at the end of this post: 
a very young girl sings with her dad.
LOVELY!❤



If you are a teacher,
there are many things you can work through this song:
grammar (to be, to have, possessives, and object pronouns),
and values (friendship).
After that, you can make students listen to the song and "fill in the gaps" activity.
Hope you find it useful for your English lessons!


27 Mar 2017

2nd opened session

Hi there,
most of you know that I am working in an English teachers' team in my town.
We are organizing an opened session for all the English primary teachers in Sabadell. So, if you are one of them and you are interested in coming, 
write an email to crp-sabadell@xtec.cat just saying that we can count on you for next April 24th at 5:30pm.






26 Mar 2017

Stories for children

Hi there,
kids world's fun is an excellent web for everyone, not only for students but also for parents and teachers. I am searching an amazing story to tell my students and I have just met that portal. I want to share it with all of you because, among other important resources, you will find free ebooks for primary students.

24 Mar 2017

Funny rhymes ;D

Hi there,
irregular verbs are sometimes boring and tough for students but they can be funnier if we introduce creative activities. 
I decided to show some rhymes to students and make them to write new ones. 
Here you have some examples. Hope you like them and they help you with grammar.



23 Mar 2017

Quizlet helps students to become confident with English!

Hi everyone!
Quizlet is a platform where the teacher designs and defines what students need to review using the digital cards that the web offers. The students will check their learnings through different activities.
The only part of this website I don't like is the use of Spanish. As you all know, I would prefer to use the foreign language everywhere.
However, one of the aspects of it that I like most is the "speller" review mode where there is a voice which plays words for the the player and this one has to type correctly.
Anyway,
I have registered today and I have created my first quizlet ;D
Here you have an example:
tap on the pic and practise personality vocabulary.

21 Mar 2017

Question structures

Hi everyone! 
Quasimodo is a fictional character who can help us to remember the order of any question. 
He was the protagonist of the novel the Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo. He was born with a hunchback and feared by the townspeople as a sort of monster.
If you think about the first part of his name, you will never forget the structure of a question:

QUestion+Auxiliary+Subject + Infinitive (....)?

Look at these questions and check the order:
Where do you live?
When do you start school?
What time do you wake up?
What do you like?
Which colour do you prefer?
When did you go to the cinema?
What did you eat for breakfast?
Why did you send me a mail?


and...if you don't use a Question word, you have to follow ASI ;D
Auxiliary+subject+Infitive...?    Yes/No.....

Do you cook?
Did you go to school?
Do you study English?
Do you like pasta?
Did you do your homework?



19 Mar 2017

Alphabet game

Hi everyone,
this is a fun activity for young learners.
They have to pop the bubbles so the letters drop in the correct boxes below.
After each game, they will be encouraged to pop the letters in the alphabetical order.
An awesome activity for our students.
Tap on the pic and try to do by your own.

13 Mar 2017

A useful tool for your Clil lessons


Math Dictionary for Kids is an excellent helper for kids.
This interactive dictionary allows users to search for terms, mark favourites for studying further, take notes on definitions and see related terms. It includes illustrated and clear explanations of the most common terms used in math lessons, categorized by alphabetical scroll list. 
I highly recommend it!

10 Mar 2017

Can&can't

Hi everyone!
Are you looking for a song which engages students and makes them to participate actively in the classroom ?
Then, click on the elephant and pay attention to that funny song . After that, try to fill in the gaps with children.



If you want to have the lyrics, here you have this energetic song.

Teachers!, this is a very good production and it's got a great tune!
Kids will love it!  

An important event for teachers

The English group-team from Sabadell invites YOU to the first What's up afternoon in this school year.
The EGT organizes this opened session for all those teachers who want to develop concepts and make their students think critically. If you are interested in the event, write an email to  crp-sabadell@xtec.cat just saying that we can count on you for next Monday at 5:30pm.