19 July 2012


Youtube videos by name (links)

We all want to be young


Creative Education Blog 

Esl Grammar Games

Understanding the Teen Brain - Discovery

For more information check out our blog, there are other links and tons of activities. Don't forget to check the people we follow as well, they are a great source of information and ideas!

Enjoy, it was a pleasure being with you:)

9 June 2012

Explore the internet :)

The web is not an approach to education, but rather a tool that can be used in the classroom. It will continue to change the way teachers and students go about lessons. Educators who are willing to take the time to explore this technology will find that it offers unlimited amounts of useful content. 

The Internet basically expands the resources available. It offers powerful and varied ways for students and teachers to interact, manipulate data, and conduct research. It makes additional information resources available, and it can enhance communication.

We selected a few links that can make the lesson fun and more interesting:

One in 8 Million
 A compilation of three-minute miniature portrait of a remarkable person or just an ordinary New Yorker. Great inspirational stories, really interesting.(Mature content, check it first)

Mind Lab
How is our consciousness connected to the world?
Explore the unconscious functions of the brain with visual illusions
and mysterious perceptual phenomena.

Not Exactly Rocket Science
Written by Ed Yong, a British Science writer whose work has appeard in New Scientist, The Times, Wired and more, "Not Exactly Rocket Science" is an attempt to talk about the awe-inspiring, beautiful and quirky world of science to as many people as possible.

Teachers and students can create imaginary fakebook pages, it is very cool!

Historical Scene Investigation
The Historical Scene Investigation Project (HSI) was designed to give students experiences that closely resemble the work of a real historian.

8 May 2012

Relative clauses and Taboo

This is a very good game to practice relative clauses. Students are given cards with words to describe. You can tell them that they must use relative clauses or just see if it comes out naturally from the game.

Taboo rules: 

The objective of the game is for a player to have his/her partner(s) guess the word on his/her card without using the word itself or five additional words listed on the card.

You can easily find the cards online, just type taboo cards on google and you will have many options to choose from. If you want to make your own set of cards you can go to http://www.monzy.com/taboo/ .


16 April 2012

British vs. American English

It's import to expose your students to everything regarding English, so they can be "culturally fluent". Cultural fluency doesn't mean memorizing every cultural nuance. It's knowing when to listen, when to ask for help, and when finally to speak.
There are several areas in which British and American English differ. This video shows the main ones to be aware of. Enjoy!

13 March 2012

Correcting COMMON mistakes!

It's not an easy task, but we need to be aware of  how our students are doing and try to keep a balance between fluency vs. accuracy in the classroom 
There is a tension where too much desire  for accuracy denies a student fluency.  And too much emphasis on fluency can result in spoken language that follows no rules at all.
Bring exercises where they can access and correct COMMON mistakes is a great way to do it without putting them in the spotlight. 

This activity can be done in groups or individually,  set a time limit and ask your students to correct the mistakes in the sentences below. 

1. I have twenty one years old.
2. My friend he is a system analyst.
3. This is for to use in the computer.
4. Could you borrow me your book?
5. He don´t work here anymore.
6. That store is near to my house.
7. How long time were you in Mexico?
8. She can to go right now.
9. How frequent do you watch sitcoms?
10. I go to the gym one time a week.
11. I need do my homework today.
12. How long do you work here?
13. Childrens usually don´t like vegetables very much.
14. I´m not understanding. Could you repeat, please?
15. Did you went to the movies in the last week?
16. I´ve knowing my best friend since for 10 years.
17. I don´t have nothing to do.
18. I want you to tell to her I am very busy.
19. The peoples usually like to work in a group.
20. I´ll attend the phone.
21. I borned in SP.
22. I have afraid of ghosts.
23. I was doing my homework yesterday night.
24. I told my wife to change your car. She bought a very old one!
25. I got up late and I lost my bus!!!
26. A: Have a nice weekend.
B: For you too!
27. Have twenty five people in my department.
28. I have particular Spanish classes.
29. We have differents products in your company.
30. I tripped to London last year.
31. Always I ask my boss to take easy.
32. We go out work at 6:00 pm.
33. When I will win the lottery, I will buy a huge apartment.
34. Are you calling me today at night?
35. You must train your Spanish.
36. Did you used to play a lot as a kid?

7 March 2012

Learn from your students!

Today we came across a great post from Creative Education, and it made us think about the importance of learning from our pupils. 
The notion  that teachers don’t learn, has been gone for quite some time now. You just have to look at the many communities on common social networks to observe a huge group of teachers making the effort to learn and understand new ideas, new tools and new ways of teaching.
Teachers learn, but often that search is very personal, they do so on their own or perhaps sharing ideas with colleagues. 
What about the people you're with everyday?
What can your students teach you?

Pupils As Observers

Student voice is something that has gained an increasing toehold in schools, including some where the pupils themselves observe teachers and provide constructive feedback. Teachers who participate often find you can get incredibly useful feedback from your students on your teaching style and topics. This is a very direct way of learning from your students and can reap considerable rewards.

Personal Courage

Sadly, misfortune can strike someone at any age – and it certainly will have struck some of the children learning at your school. Some children show an extraordinary degree of personal courage in the face of adversity. In doing so they provide an example not just to their classmates, but to us teachers as well. It’s easy to get dragged down by the day to day of planning, marking and other paperwork, but seeing your job through their eyes helps you really put things in perspective.

Attitude on Life

Adolescence is a highly creative phase with children trying out different things to understand how the world works. As we receive and develop wisdom we gain so much, but we lose some of that creativity that helps us as adults challenge how the world works and improve it. Why not take a look at your role through the lens of one of your students – how would they approach it, what might they try, what questions would they ask? The answers to those questions may surprise you.

Teacher as Learner

If as teachers we are learners too, we have a lot to learn from how others approach a similar task. Hours and hours of learning a day is an enormous mental task – how do students approach it? What do they find interesting? What sustains their engagement. There is no-one better placed to answer those questions than you, and you can use the answers to help design programmes for yourself that you can really get into and deliver the best results.

Surprising Skills

Finally, even when it comes to a more classic definition of knowledge students still have a lot to teach us. You never know when you’ve got a skilled beekeeper sitting in front of you, or a champion gymnast. One area where this is particularly evident is IT. With their minds so flexible, it’s well noted that children take incredibly quickly to new technology whilst adults struggle to catch up. You can either fret about that, or just go with the flow. Get your students to teach you what they know, and watch your teaching blossom.

27 February 2012

Class Rules!

"When it comes to setting rules in the classroom, in some ways the old adage "hope for the best, but prepare for the worst" rings true.
Starting the school year on the right foot includes establishing classroom rules that will last the whole year through. Many teachers involve students in establishing their classroom rules. (Surprisingly, student-created rules are often much the same as -- or even tougher than -- rules a teacher might create. After all, students want to attend school in a safe environment, and they want to know the boundaries when it comes to classroom behavior.
Starting the school year on the right foot includes establishing classroom rules that will last the whole year through. Most experienced educators say the key to creating classroom rules is to keep those rules few and simple -- and to establish up front the consequences if the rules are broken."
                                         Source: http://www.educationworld.com

Our fellow teacher Fabio Oliveira has found a great video that perhaps will help students understand the importance of rules.


1) Show the students the video and ask them to write down all the things they feel is needed to fix the traffic jam problem.

2) Ask the following question, and promote a little discussion:

                            Why are rules important?

3) After a quick debate pass a piece of paper around and ask students to write down the rules they feel are important for the classroom.


***Fabio Oliveira, thank you for sharing!