domingo, 26 de marzo de 2017

A Piece Of Advice

The three men in the video are business magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates,  CEO Warren Buffet and American television talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose. They are talking about the importance of investing time well and this is  what they all  agree on: sitting and thinking is a high priority because time is one of the few things you cannot buy

sábado, 25 de marzo de 2017

The Benefits of Music on Your Brain

With so many students at our school attending lessons at the School Of Music in Lugo , this video may help us understand a little better how playing music affects them (when they play) and us (when we listen to them).

This is a TED Lesson so click on the setting to choose the subtitles you need (I would recommend English, not Spanish). Anita Collins is an Australian educator and researcher in the area of music education, particularly in the impact of music education on cognitive development so she is someone worth taking into account.

This is what I recommend you to do:
  • watch and listen to the video once without subtitles
  • watch it a second time with the English subtitles on
  • do this listening comprehension test: click here

viernes, 24 de marzo de 2017

Graduation Speeches 2017. Day 3

Graduation Speeches 2017. Day 2: Two friends surrounded and presented by their friends, `The Magnificent Four´

Carlos presented Adrián R. (Adrián 1)

Andrés presented Adrián R. (Adrián2)

Thanks to the audience: giving a speech in a classroom is nothing compared to the butterflies in the stomach you feel when you go into the auditorium and stand behand the podium facing your friends, classmates, relatives....This activity is successful thanks to you!!!

miércoles, 22 de marzo de 2017

Graduation Speeches 2017. Day 2

Tuesday 21st was Day 2 of the Graduation Speeches -  starred by MIB, `Men In Black´

Andrés introduced Mario and José. The audience loved him.

Samuel presented Carlos and Miguel

A big thank you to the audience - and to the teachers who allowed you to cut classes to go and listen to your classmates and friends

lunes, 20 de marzo de 2017

Caring About The Environment

What do you do to care about the environment? Can you imagine any ways to reduce trash in your life? In this video, You Can Live Without Producing Trash, you will see a woman from New York explain how she tries to live a more sustainable, simple lifestyle trying to do it; in fact, over the past two years, Lauren Singer has produced only enough trash to fill a small jar.

Click on the subtitles to follow her explanations

domingo, 19 de marzo de 2017

Graduation Speeches 2017. Day 1

Last Friday we listened to the first graduation speeches this year; Andrea, Erlinda, Felipe and Paula were the speakers. They were presented by Amaia, Daniel, Lucía and Paula.

Lucía presented Erlinda

Amaia presented Paula

(And Paula loved listening to her presentation!)

Paula presented Felipe

And absent-minded Daniel presented Andrea

Andrea was so moved by Daniel´s presentation  that she had to dry her tears a couple of times during her speech.

And a big thank you to the speakers and to the audience.... going without the break to attend the speeches is something that I really appreciate.

miércoles, 15 de marzo de 2017

martes, 14 de marzo de 2017

Food For Thought

  • Have a look at the photos below 
  • Describe what you see: find similitudes and differences
  • Read the story
  • What lesson can you learn from this anecdote?

lunes, 13 de marzo de 2017

Describing Physical Appearance

Watch this video, prompted by a  conditional sentence, to learn some vocabulary for descriptions of physical appearance, 

If Trump can´t act like a president, he could at least dress like one


Thanks to Esther Martínez for the link!

jueves, 9 de marzo de 2017

If Students Designed Their Own Schools...

How to reform education for the 21st century... maybe letting students design their own schools?

If you could design your own school, what would it be like? 

Watch the video to learn about an actual experiment, The Independent Project: a group of students gets to create their own school-within-a-school and they learn only what they want to learn.

These are some of the things that come out in the video:

* self-directed learning ( are students able to teach themselves?)
* what´s the role of the teacher?
* who decides what´s good work?
* independent freedom and thinking
* what tangible benefits do you see?
* different types of learning
* no assigned work / no tests
* learning becomes a group activity / peer support
* the ownership of students over their learning
* what happens to students who suffer from dyslexia?

You may choose subtitles for the video in English or Spanish


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