Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Holidays and Peace to All

I am taking a week or two off from work and I will be back here in the beginning of January. Until then - Happy Holidays! 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Snapshots from today

Final lesson and what is better than to focus on some small talk (interaction) while decorating gingerbread cookies. Very Christmassy! An informal, creative, cozy and fitting end to a great semester! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Presentations about female short story writers

On Monday my students in NA16F finished their studies on female short story writers and one part was to - in their study groups - gather information about one female writer and additionally summarize one short story by the same. The questions to be answered were:

  • Where and when was she born? Include a photo of the author in the presentation.
  • Where did she live growing up?
  • With whom did she live during her childhood?
  • When did she decide to become an author?
  • Has she won any awards?
  • What kinds of books has she written? (Themes in the books?)
  • Summarize the short story you read by the author and tell it to the audience.
  • Comment on how easy/difficult is was to find information about the author. What sources have you used? Were your sources reliable? Why/why not? Include a list of sources at the end of the presentation

The students worked with a joint Google Presentation and made an oral presentation in addition. Here are some of their presentations:

Monday, December 5, 2016

Students as teachers - instructional grammar videos

During two weeks my students have worked on making instructional grammar videos for the target group: year 6/7 in school. Here is a taste of some of them...more will come: 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Skype session with Melbourne, Australia

Yesterday we Skyped with Benjamin Lannen and his students from Melbourne, Australia. We were able to kind of quickly guess that they were from Australia (due to their accent) but it was a bit trickier locating their city. However, after a while it was revealed that they were in Melbourne in the south-east. Among other things, the students learnt what Lamingtons and Tim Tam's were....and it's all good! :)

Showing us what Tim Tam's are

Anna, Aphinya and Soleman asking questions

After having figured out that they are in Australia

A December classic - short film

DECEMBER from Andreas Pasvantis on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Snapshot from today - reading different text genres

We are focusing on reading in English 6 - different kinds of genres such as scientific articles, poems, short stories, non-fiction texts and integrative texts. These are the ones we are using, practicing before a reading comprehension test in early January. Discussing reading strategies too.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Poem about America - by student in ENG 6

Right now we are reading different types of text genres in English 6, and after reading "Let America be Great Again" by Langston Hughes, one student decided to write a response poem. I thought this poem pin-pointed a lot of current things in today's America...what do you think? 

Poem about America

America portrayed itself with all the good things it used to be. 

A home for the brave, land of the free. 
A land of pioneers and a people of adventurers. 
Nowadays, a nation controlled by business ventures.
Because all things great will decline, which is a must.
Why? Because mankind has arrived with his greed and lust. 

- Anonymous student ENG 6

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Follow Pernilla's English Classroom on Instagram for updates on what's happening in the classroom!

Do you want to see what is going on in Pernilla's English Classroom? Follow the Instagram account named just that for ideas on apps, web pages, documentation and videos taken from the action in the classroom.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

MIL (Media and Information Literacy) week 2016 in Brazil

Global MIL Week 2016: MIL at the heart of learning and education


The inspiring second day of the UNESCO-led Global MIL Week 2016 Feature Event in São Paulo, Brazil, brought to light the relevance and urgency of policy on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) around the world. Media and Information Literacy and the Global MIL Week received high recognition from the government of Brazil, with the Secretaries of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Transparency, Oversight and Control and the State of São Paolo. These high-level officials together with representatives from UNESCO, the University of São Paulo and the Global Alliance for Partnerships on MIL expressed commitment in advancing MIL and called for it to be placed on the global development agenda.

Uncertainty: a difficult task for education
Marco Antonio Zago, Rector of the University of São Paulo and the keynote speaker of the Feature Event, underlined the “uncertain” times we live in. “Universities have the difficult task of educating for times of uncertainty. We don’t know which technologies will be available but we know they will be different than today”, he said. He pointed out that “we need to look into strengthening the behaviors and abilities to take decisions, to communicate and argue and to train for the future”. And this is a challenge as well as a responsibility. He noted that “Universities are the sisters of freedoms”.
“This conference also provides us with responsibility, to think critically about the purpose of MIL and what kind of society we want to live in. We are here to seize the opportunity that UNESCO provided,” said Carolyn Wilson, Chair of GAPMIL Interim International Steering Committee and instructor at Canada’s Western University.
How to measure the impact of MIL policies?
During the first plenary sessions, focusing on MIL as a tool for bridging the divide between learning and living in formal, informal and non-formal education, Alexandre Barbosa, Director of approached a critical issue of public policies – their impact (or lack thereof) over the lives of youth in Brazil. Using research conducted by CETIC, such as the Brazilian Kids Online Survey, Barbosa highlighted that MIL can reduce the gap that exists between the learning and everyday empirical experience in formal, non formal and informal education environment.
Paulette Karr and Paulette Stewart from the University of the West Indies added another perspective on this: “Research done shows that technology issues were not at the heart of the problem. It was more policy and infrastructure”, they concluded. The importance of policy was also highlighted by Ismar Soares, professor at the School of Communication and Arts at USP, who stated that “this conference can promote dialogue surrounding public policies, so that we can empower educators in Brazil”.
“Learners at the centre of a networked world”
Tessa Jolls, President of the Centre for Media Literacy, USA, noted that education reform is needed, as “through MIL, learners are placed at the centre of a networked world where MIL is brought to the centre of all learning.” The first plenary session opened with a recollection that 2 November is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists and the appropriateness that Global MIL Week 2016 was opened on that day. Journalists were recognized as important information providers relevant to MIL, as are librarians, archivists, museum creators, researchers and academics. All were called upon to offer a moment of silence for journalists killed in 2015 and 2016.
Exciting time for MIL education
“Today the majority of our schools are still following the Industrial Revolution model; a bell signals when we must start and finish, students wear uniforms, there is a professor”, highlighted Rosa Maria Vicari, UNESCO Chair for ICTs in Education, adding that access to technology is viewed as a challenge. “The new media provide possibilities and opportunities, with many new models”, she concluded at the round table session “Innovation in MIL Education: transforming learning in a multimedia environment: best practices and pedagogical models for MIL and teacher’s education”. The fundamental role of teachers in MIL education was further reinforced during other round table sessions. Primary school education is very important but most teachers are not currently trained in MIL, so its integration into their curricula is crucial.
Intercultural impact and critical attitudes
MIL skills are also having a profound impact on intercultural dialogue. Prejudices often exist because of a lack of knowledge; most people are afraid of what they do not know. Grassroots and everyday collaborative activities will contribute to reducing fear and promoting mutual understanding, and so can the media and journalists.
Dennis Reineck from Deutsche Welle (DW) Akademie shared a project carried out in Cambodia and Palestine focused on the use of social media amongst rural populations who were not aware of how to use it. “There was a bit of knowledge there, but mostly it was about motivation among young people and, along with that, access to developing critical attitudes,” Reineck explained, highlighting that MIL competencies, among others, are knowing how media work and demanding media quality.
Global MIL Week 2016 is led by UNESCO in cooperation with the General Assembly of the Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) University Network and hosted by the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Global MIL Week’s Feature Event was celebrated from 2-5 November 2016 in São Paulo.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Mystery Skype with Vero Beach, Florida, USA

The Friday ended with a mystery Skype call to somewhere in the world. The students in SA15M had 15 minutes to prepare questions and settle in their groups before we received a call....from what we at the end then discovered was St. Edward's School in Vero Beach, Florida. Here are some images from the Skype session that put a wonderful end to the week:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

We have received videos from our friends in Florida and Tokyo - for SA16M

Kelly and her students in Florida have responded to the video that we sent, introducing ourselves and our city and school. Here are two videos from the Chinese students that go to high school in Florida. Enjoy! 

and here's one from our friends at St. Mary's High School in Tokyo:

Friday, October 14, 2016

I Am NOT Black, You Are NOT White - Diversity

Now, more than ever, the urgency to emphasize that diversity enriches us is great....and growing day by day. After starting to read All American Boys (we're part of the Global Read Aloud 2016) we are starting to soak our minds in the notion that we don't like labeling, it confines us and limits our thinking. Today the lesson starts with the video above....

Against The Wall from Against The Wall on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to Bob Dylan

The Nobel Committee announced a few minutes ago that Bob Dylan has been awarded the prize in literature 2016. Here's an example of his lyrics: 

Like a Rolling Stone

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People call say 'beware doll, you're bound to fall'
You thought they were all kidding you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hanging out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging your next meal
How does it feel, how does it feel?
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone
Ahh you've gone to the finest schools, alright Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
Nobody's ever taught you how to live out on the street
And now you're gonna have to get used to it
You say you never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say do you want to make a deal?
How does it feel, how does it feel?
To be on your own, with no direction home
A complete unknown, like a rolling stone
Ah you never turned around to see the frowns
On the jugglers and the clowns when they all did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain't no good
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on a chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discovered that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal
How does it feel, how does it feel?
To have on your own, with no direction home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone
Ahh princess on a steeple and all the pretty people
They're all drinking, thinking that they've got it made
Exchanging all precious gifts
But you better take your diamond ring, you better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him he calls you, you can't refuse
When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you've got no secrets to conceal
How does it feel, ah how does it feel?
To be on your own, with no direction home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone

Read more:  Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Evaluation of Module 2: the U.S. Election 2016 - to be answered after giving your own speech

After giving your speeches I want you to do this evaluation of module 2. After completing this evaluation you log onto PingPong and do the self-assessment there. Thanks!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Snapshots from today

Today during lesson time we chose to stop our reading of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" mid-way through, in order to analyze and describe the traits/likes/dislikes of the main character in the book - Christopher. The class was divided into their study groups - eight of them - and cooperated in noting down words describing Christopher. Each group then presented their findings on the whiteboard. I also put the words into a canvas-poster that I put up in the classroom.

Here's the poster all put together: 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

This exit ticket really made my day!

Needless to say really, but this exit ticket made my day. The students were asked "What have you learned this week?" and this student's answer blew me away. I've succeeded in making this student feel comfortable in my classroom and in understanding that making mistakes is part of the learning process... A good feeling indeed. :)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Q&A with Lakeside Junior High, Springdale, Arkansas

Today my students got the chance to hang out with some students at Lakeside Junior High in Springdale, Arkansas through Google Hangout. We had prepared some topics to discuss - prisons, health care, education, diversity and the Nordic model. Each group had prepared some questions - and imagined possible answers to the questions coming in- and the discussion went on for close to 60 minutes. So educational - among other things, we found out that you may have to pay 5,000 dollars to mend a broken arm in the U.S., that there are "ladies' etiquette clubs" and "gentlemen's clubs" as extra-curricular activities at Lakeside Junior High, that a general type of lunch could be a chicken sandwich and that a typical stereotype of a southerner is a person in overalls playing a banjo. :)

Thanks to Brian for arranging yet another great Hangout! And thanks to my awesome students!

Link to video clip from Hangout

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Snapshot from today - my desk on a Wednesday morning

It's 8.15 am Wednesday morning and I'm checking the usual morning "papers" USA Today, Daily Mail, The Times and The Huffington Post before starting to correct some tests. Have a great Wednesday! :)

Friday, August 26, 2016

English 6 - instructions for module 1: "Tolerance"

Module 1: Tolerance - plan

Instructions for discussion essay (from Blueprint B)

Example of essay  (from Blueprint B)

Revision of text


The DNA Journey: 

Preview to "America by the numbers":

What are human rights?