Friday, May 31, 2013

21st Century Teaching

We´ll read the following article and the video and take down notes.

33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher Should Have

A Vision of 21st Century Teachers

Have a look at the list of web tools included in the article. Choose one and prepare a presentation to share with your peers next class. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Vocabulary Galore!

This week it´s Ways of Looking. I used a very simple tool called Popplet.

I have sent an invite so that you can contribute to our mind map.

Just double click on any place and a new bubble will appear where you can write your definition, upload a picture, video.

Activity: Look for phrases, idioms, expressions with "ways of looking" to add to the map.


Monday, May 27, 2013

5th Teacher´s Meeting

A new report on our last meeting. This time, the tool  is Voki.


Friday, May 24, 2013

What kind of teacher are you?

Fill in the questionnaire and discover what type of teacher you are.

This may prompt some further thoughts on how you might improve some things in the classroom and in your teaching.

What kind of teacher are you?

So, how did it go? Do you think your results describe your teaching style? 
Be ready to share your results with your peers.

What about teaching today? Has your teaching changed in the last years? Read the article and prepare a word cloud with the main concepts. 

33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher Should Have

I made mine with Tagxedo

Vocabulary Building

This time it´s Ways of Breaking. Have you ever considered the amount of words in English you can find which describe different ways of breaking or damaging things? Here I´ve selected only some. Have a look!


  • Burst into flames.
  • Crack a joke...

There are lots of phrases, idioms, expressions with many of the words presented today.
Find at least five, write a sentence using each of them and post it as a comment underneath.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mirta´s Story

Mirta sent me her story to share.

What about you?
I can publish yours too!

Everything started on a train. We were 14 people in all; a group of students, my partner and I.

We were coming back from Ashford, beaming because we had gone shopping and we had been able to buy many things at a very low price. 

We took the train to Sturry and when we were comfortably seated in an empty wagon, some students started unwrapping chocolates, others began eating chips, sandwiches, cookies, because they were very hungry, but in the following train stop many passengers got on and as soon as they were going inside the wagon, they started glaring silently at us, we didn´t understand why and we all started snickering, looking at each other. After a while, we noticed that we were in the FIRST CLASS wagon, definitely not for us, so as soon as we could, we put our things away and hurried along the train looking for free seats. As we were a lot, it was almost impossible, we couldn´t stop cackling while we were all moving across the aisle.  Finally we could find some seats, in one of the last wagons. We sat there and we still could listen to the students giggling because of that moment of embarrassment.

After some time, the train reached Sturry, the place where we had to get off, but…. unfortunately we couldn´t because we were in the wrong wagon, as we were at the back of the train, it was out of the platform where we had to get off, so although we started feeling very nervous we all burst into laughter!  We had no other option than to continue to the following station, which was Minster, and far from Sturry. It was getting dark, we were a bit frightened, but we had to get to our station. We had to wait for an hour for another train to go back. It was terribly cold and we were alone in the train station, grinning, cackling and with a belly laugh. 

Finally, we could reach our place very late, once there we laughed our heads off.

This is a true funny story :-)

beamy: smile very happily, have a broad smile
snicker: suppress a laugh
cackle: laugh harshly and sharply
giggle: laugh quietly and repeatedly (because you are nervous)
burst into laughter: suddenly start laughing
grin: smile widely
belly laugh: laugh nervously
laugh your head off: laugh a lot and loudly