Friday, September 1, 2017

Skype Master Teacher

And there it was...in my mailbox...the message that I had been selected as a new Skype Master Teacher, what a wonderful way to finish this week before heading home. Thankful to have been selected and looking forward to many more Skype sessions this school year. I have already started to plan a little for our Skypeathon in late November... :) 


Monday, August 28, 2017

No Limits - a theme project in EN 6

In English 6 we started the year with the theme project "No Limits," with the idea of connecting the theme to the street art festival No Limit that will take place in Borås in a week. Ten street artists will arrive here and paint murals/make installations that will enhance the cultural impact of the city. I saw this as a good way of incorporating the real world with the local community into a project that would focus on limits or the lack thereof. So far, my students have prepared smaller presentations about the artists which they will present to the rest of the class during next lesson. After that we will turn the attention to limited writing (drabbles) and limitless writing (stream of consciousness). The artworks found around the city will be the inspiration for the writing tasks. Finally, putting an end to the project, the students will get to individually record their thoughts about a "world without limitations - pros and cons" using Flipgrid.





Saturday, August 26, 2017

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert - I've become an MIEE!

Yes, I'm a little bit happy right now, because I was chosen as one of the many Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts for 2017-2018. Feels good!! :)




Saturday, August 5, 2017

Flipgrid presentation

Have not used FlipGrid yet? Well, try now! Here is a presentation in case you are not still familiar with the awesome video response platform.

 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tip of the day: add to the students vocabulary

I was watching a very good series on Netflix yesterday (Hostages) and kept my hands busy at the same time by carving a little on my pencils and adding some words in black ink. The idea is for my students to borrow pencils during the lessons (someone is always in need of one!) and to learn a new word that day. Or, if nothing else, it will make it easier for me to keep track of my pencils. :)




Thursday, July 27, 2017

Classroom screen - this I will give a try in August


On Facebook I saw that Patricia Diaz recommended "Classroom Screen" and after taking a look I do think it's something that I can use in my classroom, starting in August. Usually I have made good use of the whiteboard but since I'm using my computer every lesson it would probably be a good idea to use this to project onto the board instead. I like the features that you can use but also hope for more neutral backgrounds as they might be a bit distracting from the content.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

End of year reflections

The school year has come to an end and I am off on my summer break tomorrow. Looking back on the year I have a few comments to make.

For me, this school year has been fantastic in many ways. First of all, I got the chance to start at Bäckängsgymnasiet, the biggest high school in town with around 520 students, in August as of last year. I have taught five courses in English and gotten to know many wonderful students and teachers along the way. The year has given me possibilities of working with new and old digital tools and to emphasize the importance of evaluating sources even more than before. My love for English has grown deeper and the zest for evolving as a teacher is as big as it will probably ever get!

The biggest event of the year was the Skypeathon that took place in March. It was an enormous task of organizing the close to 35 calls with regards to classes, groups, staff, time differences, continents and so on, but we managed and it was a huge success! In November we will give it another shot, this time however looking at around 12 hours and not 24. More about this in the fall.

When it comes to digital tools used during the year, I often return to my favorites Canva, ThingLink, Kahoot, Socrative, Google Forms and Presentations, Sway and Flipgrid. Right now I am a Flipgrid ambassador and I am trying to spread the word about the great tool as much as my energy levels right now allow me. If you want to try Flipgrid you can enter the code PERNILLA to get a FREE upgrade to Fligrid Classroom. The promotion is valid to September 30.

My objectives for the next school year is to work even more with digital tools and I am also looking forward to going back to teaching History again! Another thing on my list is to take a university course about ICT and languages. The Global Read Aloud awaits in October (reading "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness and then in November the Skypeathon, to name but a few things....

But now, I am closing down the laptop for the summer and I will be back in early August again...

With that said, I wish you...

ever! :) /Pernilla

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Snapshot from today - the bookmarks


I have to admit that I like laminating things, and the latest to go through the machine were the bookmarks that the previous entry showed. New ideas pop up once in a while so there are also always something new to laminate.....love it!

Friday, June 9, 2017

The final Skype session of the school year - Dunkirk and Joshua Levine

The final Skype session of the school year was guest lecturer Joshua Levine, British author, barrister, actor and historian. He has currently worked as historic advisor on Christopher Nolan's new film "Dunkirk," due for release this summer. We had a chance today to ask him questions about the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, the Second World War in general, the significance of the event on world history and the shooting of the film. Levine told us that Harry Styles did a good job as soldier in the upcoming film and that was to the delight of a few of my students... :) We were left with the impression of an extremely vivacious (despite the early hour and the British general election) man with a wide field of expertise about World War II. What a great Skype year it has been! 



Majken, Emilie and Tilly listening to Mr Levine.


Joshua Levine telling us about the trick with the wooden soldiers on the filmning of Christopher Nolan's movie"Dunkirk".



The director himself and Harry Styles on the set. Joshua Levine at the bottom of the picture.