HERSHEY’S TrickOrTreats: Halloween Classroom Resources

HERSHEY’S TrickOrTreats: Halloween Classroom Resources:

"Bring creepy into your classroom
Add safe and educational Halloween fun into your classroom with teacher resources from HERSHEY'S! Choose from a wide assortment of recognition stickers, bulletin board decorations, pumpkin carving stencils and free Halloween clip art to make October come alive all month long. And with classroom activities such as Halloween themed word games, word searches and printable diplomas added to your bag of tricks, you'll have everything you need to inspire and delight your cast of characters."

Blogging for ELT | Teaching English | British Council | BBC

Blogging for ELT | Teaching English | British Council | BBC:

"Blogging for ELT

This article takes a look at blogging, which is becoming increasingly popular as a language learning tool. It gives an overview of blogging websites, suggests why you might want to use them, and gives some practical advice on setting up blogs for use with your own classes.

* What is a blog?

* Types of blogs used in language teaching

* Why blog?

* Where to start

* Tips for managing learner blog settings

* Keeping students interested

* Some ideas for activities

* Pitfalls to watch out for

* Advanced feature"

Halloween - Scary Web Quest

"A Web Quest about the history of Halloween and other scary phenomenons...
This Halloween Web Quest will help you answer the following questions:
Do you know why we celebrate Halloween?
Do you believe in ghosts?
Throughout this Web Quest you will discover how the present day "Halloween" came about. You will also see some video clips that just might make you believe in the supernatural..."

Scary Web Quest

Internet TESL Journal (For ESL/EFL Teachers)

Internet TESL Journal (For ESL/EFL Teachers):

"The Internet TESL Journal For Teachers of English as a Second Language
Articles, Research Papers, Lessons Plans, Classroom Handouts, Teaching Ideas & Links."

Teaching English as a Second Language Teaching Theories and Techniques

Teaching English as a Second Language Teaching Theories and Techniques:

"ESL EFL teaching techniques for a wide variety of English settings including teaching writing, reading, pronunciation, via multimedia, suggestopedia and teaching theory."

ESL Printables: English worksheets, lesson plans and other resources

ESL Printables: English worksheets, lesson plans and other resources:

"Welcome to ESL Printables, the website where English Language teachers exchange resources: worksheets, lesson plans, activities, etc.
Our collection is growing every day with the help of many teachers. If you want to download you have to send your own contributions."

English worksheets: Halloween

English worksheets: Halloween:

"Welcome to ESL Printables, the website where English Language teachers exchange resources: worksheets, lesson plans, activities, etc.
Our collection is growing every day with the help of many teachers. If you want to download you have to send your own contributions."

Moodle - A Free, Open Source Course Management System for Online Learning

The course I'm taking on Moodle starts next Tuesday...

Let's hope it's useful.

Moodle - A Free, Open Source Course Management System for Online Learning:

"Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities. You can download and use it on any computer you have handy (including webhosts), yet it can scale from a single-teacher site to a University with 200,000 students. This site itself is created using Moodle, so check out the Moodle Demonstration Courses or read the latest Moodle Buzz."

Education World® : Teacher Tools & Templates

Education World® : Teacher Tools & Templates:

"The templates below can be downloaded from our site, saved to your hard drive, edited as necessary, and then printed. Or they can be downloaded, printed, and used as is."

YouTube - askthedecorator's Channel

YouTube - askthedecorator's Channel:

"Ask the Decorator is a weekly, Internet show that follows me, Meghan Carter, across the U.S. as I find the best tips, techniques and products to use when decorating your home.
Name: Meghan
To discover more about me and my travels, visit my blog, http://blog.askthedecorator.co m, for the latest Ask the Decorator news, stories from my trip and great decorating tips."

Organization

File Organization:




Office Organization:




Home Organization:




House Moving:





Closet Organization:





Closet Organizers:




Do It Yourself Closet Organization:


YouTube - TeAchnologydotcom's Channel

YouTube - TeAchnologydotcom's Channel:

"We are a web site dedicated to supporting educators, home schoolers, tutors, and parents of K-12 students globally. Come see us at:

www.teach-nology.com"

Building productive classroom relationships

Tim Fredrick's ELA Teaching Blog: Building productive classroom relationships:

"Every beginning teacher struggles with issues of "classroom management". I put the term in quotes, because I don't really like it. My philosophy, built up through various workshops, books, and experiences, is that what we are actually doing is building classroom relationships. When we build productive relationships (notice that I did not say positive relationships, because I fear that will be interpretted to mean that we must make sure our students like us), learning occurs in the classroom. And, that's what it is all about, isn't it ... the learning?
Here are some tips that I've found to be very helpful to me. I apologize in advance for taking other's ideas from the past years - it is not my intention to say that any of these ideas are my own.
1. A good lesson is the best way to build productive classroom relationships. A good lesson is well thought out, has a clear learning objective, and is organized. We have to make sure our instructions are clear, that students know what is expected of them, and the work is on their academic level (read more about Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development). When this is happening, students have no reason to act up or goof off. A good, clear lesson also shows students that we care about them and their learning, which leads to ...
2. Students need to know that we care about them and, because we care about them, have high expectations for their learning. We also need to be prepared to hold them to those expectations when needed. Students need to know when they are not living up to those expectations and that we believe in their abilities to always do better. They may not like it, but at the same time it will communicate that we care about them. There are other ways to show you care. Often, a student walks into my room obviously not feeling well - either physcially or emotionally. I'm always certain to privately ask them if they are okay. Most times, especially if it is emotional, they will say they are fine. But, I almost always see a student's face get a little "lighter" after I've asked. If students don't think that we care about them, they will revolt and not give us their attention or work.
3. We need to know our own personal "line" and communicate that line to the students. This comes through time and experience. We can't be on our students back about every little thing - especially when they are teenagers. The adage "Pick your battles" comes to mind. When deciding what "battles" to fight, we need to think about those things that we will notice and be willing to follow up on. For example, I know it is a common rule that students are not allowed to chew gum in class and I understand why. But, personally, I never, ever notice that a child is chewing gum unless they pop it in my face. So, it would be ill-advised for me to emphasize that rule in my classroom because it will not be enforced. Conversely, my school is a uniform school and I notice right away if a student is out of uniform in any way. Not only will I notice, but I'm more than willing to follow up on a student who is out of uniform until the problem is corrected. Emphasizing this rule is well-advised, because I can be sure that I will enforce it. Don't have rules you cannot or will not enforce to the end. This requires that we know ourselves the most.
4. When we communicate the line to our students, we have to make sure that we use the appropriate steps. These are the steps I use:
a. Ask politely and respectfully for the student to do the correct behavior. "Please sit down and get back to your work." This is crucial because most teenagers want to be treated like adults. I've found that most students will be respectful back, often saying "sorry" and doing exactly what I asked. I will say "Thank you" in return for the student complying.
b. If the student does not, I firmly remind them that I asked politely and I will not be asking again. My voice is more serious at this point and I'm sure NOT to say please. I don't often even get to this stage, but most other times this works successfully.
c. If the student does not still comply, I walk over to them, being sure that I'm getting the student's full attention and I give them a firm ultimatum. "Either you do what I asked politely or ___________" It is important that whatever fills in the blank is something I'm going to actually do if the student does not do what I asked AND that it is something meaningful to the student. Typically, any student who gets to this point, complies as soon as I start to walk over to them, because they know that I will do what I say if they don't. It is important that you clearly state the ultimatum and AS SOON AS the student does not comply, you do it. Don't give the student any more chances - they've already had enough chances if you've gotten to this point.
I had a student last year who tried to walk into my classroom with headphones on. I asked her politely to take it off. She did and said, "That's why I like you. You treat us with respect and don't yell at us." I said, "I yell at you all the time." She replied, "You yell at us when you need to - when we don't do what you ask. Other teachers - they yell at us because they can."
5. The policies of your school make all the difference. I'm lucky to be in a school that (for the most part) has its act together and backs the teachers up. None of this would work in a school that does not do that. If you are in that school, my advice is to find yourself a school that does. We, as teachers, can only be as good as the school we are in.
There are numerous other tips and I will save them for later posts. One last thing, though ... you can't change students' behavior. You can, though, change your own. Once I took my focus off trying to change the students and looked at how I could change my own behavior, I was able to build more productive classroom relationships."

Starting again

Here I am again, trying to prepare for the opos, but this time I'm going to keep a record of the things I find and use in my journey to becoming a "funcionaria".

I pre-enrolled in four courses for teachers, but I've only been accepted in two, one for TAC (they used to be called TIC) on Wednesdays at the school where I work and one for Moodle on Tuesdays at the school where I used to worked a few years ago.

Let's hope this journey ends well...

English Raven Resources Download Page

English Raven Resources Download Page:

"This page has a listing of the downloads currently accessible for free through this site. For your convenience, the downloads have been grouped according to category. You will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer (available as a free download from www.adobe.com), as almost all of the files are formatted into .PDF files. Some files are formatted as MS Word documents and such files are marked as such. Left-click on the file to open a new screen containing that particular download (some of the files are big, so be patient if they don't pop up straight away). Alternatively, you can right-click on the file name to save it directly to your hard-drive. You can also click on Go after the red slash to be taken to the webpage that describes and usually illustrates the download (this will open in a new browser, so you do not need to log in again to this download page)."

Halloween Special Reading Comprehension - Halloween Vocabulary - Halloween Traditions The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe - Advanced Level Reading Comprehension

Halloween Special Reading Comprehension - Halloween Vocabulary - Halloween Traditions The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe - Advanced Level Reading Comprehension:

"Following you will find fun Halloween exercises which will help you improve your vocabulary and understand this holiday. Advanced students will find the classic frightening tale 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe challenging. The reading includes vocabulary reference help for the more difficult words explained following each section of the poem."

MacMillan ELT

http://es.youtube.com/user/macmillanELT

"Macmillan Education is an international publisher, specialising in English language teaching (ELT) and curriculum publishing.

Our ELT publishing ranges from internationally recognised adult courses such as Inside Out, to award-winning learners dictionaries.

For more information about Macmillan, and for links to the many free teaching resources we offer, visit www.macmillanenglish.com and www.onestopenglish.com."

Scott Thornbury on Register in English Language Teaching:

"Dancing Queen" by ABBA



"Dancing Queen" by ABBA

You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life.
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen.

Friday night and the lights are low.
Looking out for the place to go.
Where they play the right music, getting in the swing.
You come in to look for a king.
Anybody could be that guy.
Night is young and the music's high.
With a bit of rock music, everything is fine.
You're in the mood for a dance.
And when you get the chance...
You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen...
Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine.
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life.
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen.
You're a teaser, you turn them on.
Leave them burning and then you're gone.
Looking out for another, anyone will do.
Youre in the mood for a dance.
And when you get the chance...
You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen...
Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine.
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life.
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen...
Karaoke:

4Teachers : Main Page

4Teachers : Main Page

"4Teachers.org works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use."

A great web by a great teacher: Isabel Pérez

http://www.isabelperez.com/

This is a great web by a great teacher. It's full of resources: grammar, vocabulary, methodology, webquests, songs, wikis, podcasts... anything you could ever need is there.

She also has a blog: http://www.ugr.es/~iperez/myblog/index.htm

She gives teaches, gives lectures, workshops, courses... I don't know where she finds the time...

YouTube - podEnglish's Channel

"EF podEnglish improves your English with bite-sized 5 minute videos. Perfect for beginners, intermediate and advanced students, these video lessons are as good as having an English teacher in your pocket! Created by EF & Englishtown, the world's largest language school with over 400 schools in over 50 countries worldwide. For more video podEnglish lessons, visit www.ef.com/podenglish. Enjoy!"
Videos for learning English:

YouTube - podEnglish's Channel

English for Fun

"This website was primarily designed to help Bulgarian students to improve their English language skills. Over the years, the site has developed into a large resource of free reference materials, and now it attracts learners studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) from many different countries. Here you will find free online english lessons and english grammar, english tests, a collection of english idioms with their meanings, a list of common errors in english usage with the correct explanation and examples, english alphabet with pictures of animals and sound files, games and activities for ESL/EFL learners. Includes also poetry, lyrics, information and useful links for learning and teaching English."


Learn English at Home

"Learn English grammar, vocabulary, verbs and speaking with games, an English newsletter and more."

Learn English free and chat in English online at English, baby!

"Learn English online for free at English, baby! We use fun English lessons to help you study ESL. Practice English with English Chat and English forums. Find Friends and penpals in different countries and test your English vocabulary with our vocab quiz! Don't forget to check out our lessons on English grammar and English slang as well! We're happy you chose English, baby! to learn English and have fun!"
Learn English free and chat in English online at English, baby!

Welcome to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Over 200 free resources including:

Writing and Teaching Writing
Research
Grammar and Mechanics
Style Guides
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Job Search and Professional Writing

Welcome to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Children Learn What They Live

Children Learn What They Live -- Complete version.

Children Learn What They Live
By Dorothy Law Nolte

If children live with criticism,
They learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility,
They learn to fight.
If children live with ridicule,
They learn to be shy.
If children live with shame,
They learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement,
They learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance,
They learn to be patient.
If children live with praise,
They learn to appreciate.
If children live with acceptance,
They learn to love.
If children live with approval,
They learn to like themselves.
If children live with honesty,
They learn truthfulness.
If children live with security,
They learn to have faith in themselves and others.
If children live with friendliness,
They learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Copyright © 1972/1975 by Dorothy Law Nolte

Everything English

Everything English: "On this website you'll find texts, vocabulary, exercises and other material concerning the English language. "

Your Dictionary

"YourDictionary is a free online dictionary and much more. The free dictionary search gives you definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology results for your word. Alternatively, you can browse the English dictionary alphabetically or by related terms to find meanings and synonyms."

Dictionary & Thesaurus - YourDictionary

The Free Dictionary

"TheFreeDictionary.com now allows you to create your own personal homepage by adding and removing, dragging and dropping, and "using or losing" existing content windows. In addition, you can add your own bookmarks, weather information, horoscope, and RSS feeds from anywhere on the web."
Online Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus. Free access.

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Kellie Pickler ("American Idol" finalist):
"Europe is a country and they speak French there...".
What can I tell you? She's blonde and American!!!


You can do so much better...

No matter your level of English, I'm sure you'll end up speaking and singing much better than them.

Emilio Botín:
Poor man, he can't afford some English lessons...





Franco:



"In the Ghetto" by El Príncipe Gitano:
El Príncipe Gitano singing "In the Ghetto".
No comment!!!



Raphael:
"Aquarius"




Raphael's version of the song. Try not to laugh too hard.
Laughing Mutley You can do sooooo much better... Melodramatic 2


And this one is even worse... if that's possible...

"Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves

Before thinking in English... start singing in English.
Clever


First, watch the video and enjoy the song, then, do the exercises. Have fun!
(The complete lyrics are at the end of the post).
"Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves



Exercises:
http://www.telefonica.net/web2/singalong/hotpotatoes/walking_sunshine.htm

Here's another version of the song. I prefer the first one, though.
"Walking on Sunshine" by Aly & A.J.



More information about the song:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walking_on_Sunshine_(song)

"Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves

Oh! Ohhhh yeeeh
I used to think maybe you loved me now baby I'm sure
And I just can't wait till the day when you knock on my door
Now everytime I go for the mailbox, gotta hold myself down
Cos I just wait till you write me your coming around

I'm walking on sunshine , wooah
I'm walking on sunshine, woooah
I'm walking on sunshine, woooah
and don't it feel good!!

Hey, alright now
and dont it feel good!!
hey yeh

I used to think maybe you loved me, now I know that it's true
and I don't want to spend all my life, just in waiting for you
now I don't want you back for the weekend
not back for a day, no no no
I said baby I just want you back and I want you to stay

woah yeh!
I'm walking on sunshine, wooah
I'm walking on sunshine, woooah
I'm walking on sunshine, woooah
and don't it feel good!!

Hey, alright now
and don't it feel good!!
hey yeh ,oh yeh
and don't it feel good!!

walking on sunshine
walking on sunshine

I feel the love, I feel the love, I feel the love that's really real
I feel the love, I feel the love, I feel the love that's really real

I'm on sunshine baby oh
I'm on sunshine baby oh

I'm walking on sunshine wooah
I'm walking on sunshine wooah
I'm walking on sunshine wooah

and don't it feel good!!
I'll say it again now
and don't it feel good!!

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