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A new webtool…just practicing!

Hello there!

I’ve been very busy during these last days creating and trying to find out new ways to teach grammar and verbs to my kids. I remember the way in which I had to memorize the verbs at school, such as boring way to do it!!!

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As I’m teaching 6th grade I have to do a lot of things at the same time that I have to cover the curriculum! I’m so tired! However, I really want to achieve one of my goals this year: to help my students to know how to use the verbs in their right VERB TENSE AND FORM!

Even though most of my students had memorized the verbs in their present, past and past participle, most of them don’t know how to use them in context. Moreover, they don’t have an idea how to identify them in a sentence, as a consequence they get bad grades during their quizzes.

I’ve been thinking how to help them.  One way in which we’ve been practicing the verbs at home and during class for these last weeks has been through the use of this app:

 

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These awesome app has been helping me and my students to practice just those verbs that I want them to practice! There you can find a lot of different ways in which your students can practice their listening, spelling, and writing skills.

Spelling city offers a lot of different ways to practice and have fun with GAMES!!!! My kids have been using it every day at home. However, we also practice these exercises at class. Most of the times we play in teams!

I just wanted to share these great way to practice vocabulary and to encourage your students to play instead of just repeating and memorizing verbs without any interesting way to do it!

I hope you can enjoy these app and use it with your students.

Have fun and practice!

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Posted by on 16/09/2013 in PERSONAL SUBJECTS

 

Being a teacher…such an amazing experience!

Long time ago without writing!!!

One entire year without writing, this was due to my first job as an English teacher!!! I’m really happy because I have finished my first year teaching as better as I could to my little kids in fourth grade.

After I had finished my TKT course, ( well I was almost finishing it) I sent my resume to a college, and after some days I was having my first interview. Then, I was hired!

Oh my God! I remember the first lesson plan that I had to do during my TKT course, it cost me a leg and an arm! I will never forget it, it was so difficult and I spent hours investigating handouts and extra material which I could use with the appropriate topic for each day, I thought I would have to do the same during my job as a Teacher.

However, once I got it I started to feel kind of disappointed. I noticed that sometimes, even though you have the desire to teach your kids as better as possible , the time to cover your curriculum will not be enough!

Besides all the stuff teachers have to cover in a few months.

On the other hand, I had to face a lot of different situations, which most of them were discussed during my TKT course such as working and trying to get along well with your coworkers or trying to make students to show respect and to follow rules in a classroom. How easy was to talk about it, but how hard was to face all of that in a real situation and to deal with it everyday!

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You really need to love your job and get a sack full (not of money) but also of patience.Most of my students were Kinesthetic kids, so I had to start taking vitamins because at 10 am they had already wore me out!  Can you image how I felt?

Most of them were not interested in the English class at the beginning of the course, they were running in the classroom, talking to each other without paying attention to the teacher (who was me), bouncing the soccer ball from one corner of the classroom to the other one,they were writing words or drawing faces on their hands and stomaches with markers, it was a mess! All of that happened during the first classes.

Why students were not interested in their classes? The reason, they were demotivated. Besides, the differenciation that was in my two groups. For that reason, I had to change a lot of times some of my personal aims and lesson plans.

After a period of time I accomplished my goal. I had to push my students to understand me talking during the entire class in English, there was no other way. Furthermore, I had to learn to play and have fun with them, so the warm ups that I used to play with my kids were not just for them, but also for me! It really helped me to get along better with the entire group and to have a special relation with all of them.

 

Even though I had to make a great effort day by day, and keep up with my kids’ energy, I’m really glad of this amazing job. Which are now the results? Do the kids now like the English class? Yes of course. However, my great problem of each day was trying to find a new warm up because they really loved their class for that special moment, each morning they were asking me about the warm up or the content of the day. In addition, they now use much better their English and are able to read and understand much more than at the beginning.

Therefore, the thing that helped me so much to work better with my kids was the LEARNER-CENTRED, this really helped me to make my students to work without the teacher’s attention and pressure. They learned to be more responsible and to get more confidence.

Teachers, please don’t forget to make something fun of your class instead of just boring dictations and teacher-centred!!!! You can really learn a lot of things from your kids.

 
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Posted by on 05/07/2013 in PERSONAL SUBJECTS

 

Walking along a teaching path….

OMG! After had finished my TKT course I decided to sign up in a new school which is going to help to become a better teacher or at least to learn something else to improve my teaching career…something like that!

Along these last days I have been attending a course before classes start. During it I have seen that teaching is not as easy as I thought, it needs a lot of preparation along the way, teaching needs to be improved day-to-day.

Moreover, become a teacher requires to be an open-minded. During a discussion that I had one of these past days at school, I told my teacher and classmates that as teachers we need to share our information (something that I really appreciate from my teacher Ellen, who taught me that and who practiced it during my TKT course, she really set the example) not just with our students but also with our co-workers. However the teacher’s opinion was another, why? Because he has been living reality, and unfortunately he told me that it is hard to practice it in the teachers’ world.

For example, if you as a teacher improve as much as you can and you become the best teacher in the school, for that reason you will get a better payment and earn much money than your co-workers…

Consequently they will desire to get your place, so they will do whatever they need in order to get yours! Amazing, eh!

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That’s why sharing knowledge, techniques, resources is not the most common thing in the teaching path.Planning, writing and talking about it is easy, however practicing it in real life it’s hard!

In my opinion, if you as a teacher don’t want to share your knowledge with your co-workers, at least share it with your students, they will appreciate it along their lives! It’s the best part of working as a teacher…that you will have a chance to change your students’ lives in some way…

That happened to me this last course, and believe me it was the best experience I have ever had in my life!

 
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Posted by on 27/07/2012 in PERSONAL SUBJECTS

 

HOW TO ADD A PREZI ON MY WORDPRESS!

Hi classmates!

Well, here I will post the way in which you have to add a Prezi on your WordPress.

I couldn’t write it step by step on the blog because of the codes, however I have already done it in word.

So, open it and I hope you can understand it in a very easy way!

Enjoy it!

 
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Posted by on 16/05/2012 in PERSONAL SUBJECTS

 

Hot Potatoes and Dropbox

HI WORLD!

I’M SO HAPPY BECAUSE I COULD FINALLY FOUND THE WAY TO SHARE MY OWN EXERCISES WHICH I DID BECAUSE I’M SO BAD MEMORIZING. THE BEST WAY FOR ME TO LEARN AND REMEMBER GRAMMAR OR THINGS LIKE THAT IS PRACTICING THEM. I’M AMAZED BY TECHNOLOGY EVEN THAT I USED TO HATE IT!

I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT THERE IS AN AMAZING WAY TO SHARE YOUR DOCS ONLINE, THERE IS AN AMAZING TOOL WHICH LETS YOU TO UPLOAD DOCS THAT YOU HAVE AT YOUR HOME’S COMPUTERS IT IS CALLED DROPBOX, IT’S AWESOME! MOREOVER, I FOUND ANOTHER INTERESTING AND HELPFUL AND FUNNY TOOL FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, PROBABLY IT HAS BEEN EXISTED FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE, HOWEVER I HAVE FOUND IT A FEW DAYS AGO AND I’M SHOCKED BECAUSE I WOULD FINALLY PRACTICE MORE THAN I USED TO DO YEARS AGO.

NEVERTHELESS EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO USE THIS TOOL, WHICH IS CALLED HOT POTATOES 6, WOULD HAVE TO WORD A LITTLE BIT HARDER IN ORDER TO WRITE THE CORRECT INFORMATION OR COULD SPEND HOURS (LIKE ME) IN THE COMPUTER BECAUSE YOU COULD LOVE TO PAINT YOUR JOB,TO MAKE IT COLORFUL OR JUST FOR HAVE FUN, I ASSURED YOU THAT YOU WILL PROBABLY SPEND HOURS DOING YOUR EXERCISES IN A VERY FUNNY WAY, AS I DID AND I’M STILL DOING IT!

SO, I WILL SHARE WITH YOU, DURING THESE DAYS, SOME OF MY EXERCISES FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T EASILY MEMORIZE GRAMMAR OR FOR THOSE WHO PREFER TO PRACTICE A LITTLE BIT MORE FOR THEIR TKT COURSE!

HAVE FUN AND ENJOY IT!

 
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Posted by on 10/04/2012 in PERSONAL SUBJECTS

 

Unit 3: Phonology?

What is Phonology?

Is the study of features of sounds that we produce. In English these features include phonemes, word stress, sentence stress and intonation.

A phoneme is the smallest unit of the sound that can make a difference to meaning in a language. These are represented in writing by phonemic symbols such as /aʊ / and /ʃ / each one represent only one phoneme.

But, there is more! In phonology we have to use these phonemic symbols in a phonetic transcription which is a set of phonetic symbols and when they are written one after the other to represent a word or a group of words and it has to be written with slashes “/______/” at the beginning of the word and at the end of it, too. e.g. Important /ɪm´pɔ:tnt/

Also, when we pronounce a word in most cases it has stress on it. What does the stress mean? Is when we stress only one syllable of the word, we say it with greater energy and usually higher. Are we going to stress all the words of a sentence? No! Every sentence is made with content words (nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjective) and function words (or structural words: prepositions, articles, pronouns and determiners).  We are going to stress the content words which most of the time give us the most important information. Do we have to mark the stress in the phonetic transcription? Yes, the stress it’s writing with a sign like this:

Moreover, in phonology there is also intonation, what am I mean? Is it not the same like stress? No, intonation is when we change the level of our voice when we’re speaking and it gives a different meaning to the sentence too. Intonation has two different ways to be pronounce, there is the falling intonation and the rising intonation. We are going to find the falling intonation in:

  • Sentences: I’m studying.
  • Commands: Do it today.
  • WH questions: How do we get to the place?

The falling intonation is represented with a downward arrow. The pitch of your voice goes down at the end of the utterance. But, before it goes down, it rises on the vowel sound of the most important word that is stressed.

Did you get it? Now, what about the rising intonation? We’re going to find it in:

  • Yes-No questions: Did you see him?
  • Choices: He went to England, France, Spain, and Russia.

In the rising intonation the pitch of the voice goes up at the end of the utterance. It rises on the vowel sound (of the stress syllable) of the most important word and continues to rise. We also use rising intonation when naming items on a list or offering choices, except for the last item or choice, for the last one use the falling intonation. Let me show you:

However, there is more to learn about phonology but time is flying, so I’ll do an effort to give you more information about this in a future.

Now, I have added a new activity to practice what we have learned, so click on the next Icon and practice it!

YOU WILL FIND THE NEXT VOCABULARY ON THE FOLLOW EXERCISE:

Phoneme Phonology Word stress Sentence stress Intonation Diphthongs
Content words Structural words Connected speech Minimal pairs Rhythm Rhyme

PHONOLOGY

Have a nice day!

 
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Posted by on 15/03/2012 in PERSONAL SUBJECTS, UNIT 3

 

TKT COURSE HAS ALREADY STARTED!

Hi everybody!

I have to tell you that I’d already started my TKT course which was the last Saturday and I felt very comfortable with the teacher and my classmates. Before I started the course I was so nervous and a little bit discourage because I thought it will be at the same as some other courses which used to be boring.

However, this one is different. First of all, the teacher Ellen, who prefers to be called just by her name, made us interact with each other in the class, the most weird thing for me was when she made us put our desks face to face because most of the classrooms have their desks in line but Ellen changed that role and we could feel comfortable with her and with our group too, that was so great!

The most interesting thing for me was when she said that classes should not be as the typical class in schools, where there is a teacher just trying to made students learn from their books without any chance to go beyond that huge barrier between teachers and students. I totally agree with Ellen about using as much material we can get as possible.

Moreover, something that was very important was when Ellen asked us about how much knowledge about grammar would have teachers?  for example, she asked us what would we do as teachers if someday a student asked us for something that we would not know? What would be correct to do in those cases? Unfortunately I had had bad experiences about this topic with a few teachers, because I’m a very inquisitive person, if I have a doubt I always ask for an answer, if I don’t know something I always research for it, but some of my teachers when I used to ask for something they didn´t want to give me the answer because they said “it wasn’t their responsibility”, but when students ask is because they want to be helped in their progress as students. Therefore, Ellen explained us that in those cases when teachers don´t have the answer to that doubts, they have to be humble and ask their students to look up for their questions or doubts and the next day they could share and compare their researches. But, as in my case, if teachers have inquisitive students in their classes and they already know the answer to their students’ questions just answer them and you would help them to be better people and they would do the same with others in the future.

That’s the most I enjoyed in my course, and I’m so proud to meet teachers as Ellen who are still interested in helping students to improve their studies and their lives, and teachers who you can share your ideas and opinions…

Thanks teacher for changing the way you teach!

 “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book”

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on 01/03/2012 in PERSONAL SUBJECTS