Sunday, June 29, 2014

What´s in a generation?




"Baby Boomers. Millennials. Generation Z. Although some records exist nearly as far back as America’s beginnings of people naming the generations, these three generations are likely the most well-known today, although where one ends and the next begins is controversial.
They come with their own stereotypes: the Baby Boomers don’t understand technology, the Millennials—people aged 18-34, according to a Forbes article from 2013—are entitled know-it-alls who spend more time on social media than on work, and Generation Z, people aged 17 and younger, is the “9/11” generation.
According to Forbes, the Millenials are optimistic, but the people of Generation Z are realistic. The Millenials grew up in a world where they could walk to the gate to watch their grandparents’ planes land when they came to visit; Generation Z never knew a world without the fear of terrorism, without strict security and television shows where detectives chase down bomb threats and save the city, or the world, in the nick of time.
The Millenials are entering the job market, or have been working in it for years, and are trying to find their place among the Baby Boomers who are known as the mature professionals. Generation Z is still in grade school"
Do you work with Millennials? How would you describe them?
Have a look at CBS News report on this generation.
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-age-of-the-millenials

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Have you read any stories by Robert Fulghum?

Just by chance, many years ago, I came across a really nice story to use with students and teachers. It´s one of those stories you never tire of. 
 I´ve used it extensively both in class and in seminars. 



All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
- an excerpt from the book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.
ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don't hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.

Flush.

Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.

Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.


Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living. Take any of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your
family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if all - the whole world - had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had a basic policy to always put thing back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are - when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.


© Robert Fulghum, 1990.
Found in Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Villard Books: New York, 1990, page 6-7.


His book is full of lovely stories as nice as this one!! Take a look at the link, it´s full of quotes from his books.

Thanks to Internet I started investigating a little more and came across another gem. 
Have a look, or even better, sit back and enjoy!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Songs & Stories

I´m sure you must have heard about Adele. She´s a wonderful singer with a unique voice. 

Her full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins and she was born to single mother Penny Adkins on 5 May 1988 in Tottenham, North London. She is estranged from her Welsh father Mark Evans. She started singing at the age of four years and has stated the Spice Girls heavily influenced her decision to start.

She came from a non-musical family but a very supportive one. Adele said that her mother used to set up a stage show for her in their own home with Adele being the performer and her mother's friends being the audience. 

One of the UK’s best-selling singer/songwriters and having taken some time away from the music industry after the birth of her first child, Angelo, she is now working on her third album. 

She has broken through the music industry at a relatively young age, particularly owing it to her distinctive voice. 


Would you like to  read more

Someone like you is one of my favourite songs. Listen and follow the words. 



What is the first idea you get?
What do you think the story is about?


Adele - Someone Like You Lyrics

I heard that you’re settled down.
That ........ found a girl and you’re married now.
I heard that your ............. came true.
Guess she gave you things I didn’t ........ to you.

Old friend, why are you so ............?
Ain’t like you to hold back, or hide .............. the light.

I hate to turn up ............ of the blue uninvited,
But I couldn’t stay ................., I couldn’t fight it.
I had hoped you’d see my ................ and that you’d be reminded
That for me, it isn’t over.

Never mind, I’ll find someone ............. you.
I wish nothing but the best for you too.
Don’t forget .........., I beg, I'll remember you said:
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead. Yeah.

You know how the time .............
Only yesterday was the time of our ...............
We were born and raised in a .................. haze.
Bound by the surprise of our ................. days.

I hate to turn up out ........... the blue uninvited,
But I couldn’t ........... away, I couldn’t fight it.
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d ............. reminded
That for me, it isn’t over.

Never mind, I’ll find ............................. like you.
I wish nothing but the best ............... you too.
Don’t forget me, I beg, I'll remember you ...........:
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”.

Nothing compares, no worries or cares.
Regrets and ........................; they’re memories made.
Who would have known ......................... bittersweet this would taste?

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you.
I wish ...................... but the best for you.
Don’t forget me, I beg, I'll remembered you said:
“Sometimes it lasts in ................ but sometimes it hurts instead”

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you.
I .......... nothing but the best for you too.
....................... forget me, I beg, I'll remembered you said:
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it ................... instead”
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead. Yeah.

How are you feeling about it?
Do you want a challenge? 
Try Lyrics Training and see how well you can do.

Well enough work on the lyrics. 
What do you think the story behind the song is?