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Hi everyone!

We’ve just done a cooperative learning structure in 1 baccalaureate: twin readers. We’ve done it with a twist 🙂

In a text with two columns, we divided it into 2 parts, one for each column. In pairs, one student read column A and the other column B. We did this activity as follows:

* Step 1: one student reads column A while the other writes ten words that convey the key ideas from the text
* Step 2: reverse roles. Now the student who was writing reads column B, while the other one writes the ten words that would summarise the key ideas of column B.
* Step 3: now they have 20 words, 10 for column A and 10 for column B. They choose 14 words out of the 20, 7 for each column.
* Step 4: they look for another classmate and share their list, adding those words that could make their own list better.
* Step 5: with their initial pairs, they read the new list and decide the final 14 words of their list.
* Step 6: they use the 14 words to write a summary of the text.
* Step 7: they swap their summary with another pair, read their summary, write their opinion about it and sign it. Then, they give it back and get theirs and read the opinion written.

Finally, we used these summaries as a class display.

Try it! The students really liked it 😉

María Esther

 

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This term has started with a dip into the fascinating world of multiple intelligences…

Using music to inspire creative writing, feelings and pictures…

Exploring words from the books on the board to get the students to figure out the importance they may have for the plot…

Using coloured pens to create a visual poster of words and pictures evoked by music…

Watching a trailer of the film version of the book we are about to read and relating it to our world knowledge…

Adapting a part of a Shakespeare play to a modern setting and language and acting it out…

Improvising a scene from a play and transferring the setting to a different place and time…

Reading a narrative like a play, taking on different parts and using voice to convey character…

Playing Kahoots to explore symbolism and to learn about different aspects about the book and author…

Thinking up parts of a Shakespeare play as an exit ticket…

Exploring the rural and urban aspects of Kabul in Afghanistan, Verona in Italy and many more places though 360cities where you can visit a place virtually…

Tapping into out fantasy world in a magic forest with fairies and the like…

In short, we have used all our intelligences to explore the pre- reading of our new readers. “What about the Interpersonal and Intrapersonal intelligences”, I hear you ask … well the Interpersonal has been used when working as a group and collaborating and cooperating with the others in class and… the intrapesonal has been explored when letting the music narrate a story in our heads. We will continue to explore these two (and all the others) further by using an amazing app called Seesaw; an online learning journal with adjacent blog. Stay tuned to the next blog entry for more exciting information about our creative world of Readers.

Patricia Bergström

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Hi everyone,

Students of 3rd Primary did a project that combined Social Studies (Countries) and English (going to). They are touristic guides of a place and explain the things we can do there. They were very creative bringing clothes according to the place, doing very interesting presentations and enjoying the chance of working together. Here you have the result…

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Well done!

Araceli

 

Work Planner!

Posted: November 20, 2016 in COOPERATIVE LEARNING, METHODOLOGY

Hello everyone 🙂

This week I’ll be posting something I find really useful when it comes to organising small projects. It is a work planner I’ve started to use this year and which I find really useful. It’s a cooperative learning structure, so two birds at the same shot 🙂
Avoid the pitfall I made the first time I used it in class. I took it for granted that my students (1 bac) would know how to do it, but they didn’t. So, We di it all together in class now until they become familiar with it. The part that is most difficult for them is organising their work into the Nuremberg of sessions alloted.

Hope you find it useful too 😉
María Esther

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Teachers for a day!

Posted: November 18, 2016 in COOPERATIVE LEARNING, METHODOLOGY

Hi folks,

This week our 1 ESO students have been practising the 4-2-1 technique used in cooperative learning to explain and revise together the main verbal tenses used in English. Afterwards, they created their own activities to test students and they felt like teachers for one day.

Well done!

Yessica

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Hello everyone and welcome to another year in our School!

Hope you had a nice summer!!!:)

We have already started our cooperative learning work in English and Social Studies! This is an example of one of the techniques we use in the class!
Have a great week!
Regards.4ºE.P

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Hello there,

As you must know social networks are incredible tools to improve English. Facebook can provide resources such as videos, posts, listenings, etc. Surfing the internet I found the Top Facebook Pages for English Language Teachers in which you can find quite a few ideas and resources as I mentioned before. You just need to log in with your facebook account.

Here you have the link with the list of websites.

http://www.really-learn-english.com/top-facebook-pages-for-english-language-teachers.html

Good luck!!

Conchi

This is a source of constant debate in the TEFL world. Here in Spain, many Spaniards (employers and students) request native speaker teachers. They hold beliefs, or prejudices, such as:

British speak proper English not like Americans

My German / Dutch /Spanish teacher of English knows grammar but speaks with a terrible accent

I want to speak proper English like my British / American/ Australian / teacher

This is a complex and controversial topic…

I found this interesting article about non-native speaker teachers. I you want to read more just click on the link below. You can also add your comment.

http://www.onlinetefltraining.com/can-non-native-speakers-of-english-become-good-tefl-teachers/

 

Conchi

Multiple Intelligences

Posted: January 15, 2014 in METHODOLOGY

Hi there,

Don´t you know what kind of learners you have in class? This test will help you to guess what type of students you are teaching. Make your students have a go and find out!

Yessica

http://www.pearsonelt.com/assets/pearsonelt/document/subsites/21stcenturylearning/Learning%20Style%20quiz_DL.pdf