Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Snapshot from Today - Quiz Quiz Trade Cards

Slowly I am integrating collaborative learning techniques during our lessons. Quiz Quiz Trade cards are a favorite right now to start off a lesson or to activate the students in the middle of one. General questions about school, learning and student life to get some interaction going and learn more about each other - and themselves. Next I will make cards with questions and given answers (like vocabulary, grammar queries). So far, it has been an appreciated segment of the lesson. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Test your information literacy skills - the Eiffel Tower Challenge

We are in the process of assessing and evaluating sources but at the same time we are also taking a look at information literacy and how that literacy can be increased in the classroom. Here is one first task to complete - test your skills with the Eiffel Tower Challenge. When you are done - try the Lego challenge. Be prepared to describe how you went about finding out the answers.

Task 1 - the Eiffel Tower Challenge

Task 2 - origin of LEGO

Preparing for the national tests - things to have a look at before the tests

Click HERE for preparation material for the national tests. 

In the material you will find 1. Reporting verbs 2. Linking words and phrases (sentence connectors) and 3. Useful phrases for oral interaction - giving and asking for opinions. Have a look at all of them as they will be useful for the writing and speaking tests. There will be more preparation in class when we meet. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Asking for opinions + giving opinions - phrases for oral interaction

In English 5 we have focused on oral interaction - discussions - for a couple of lessons. Often we have taken a look at a short film and then discussed the content, characters, theme and/or message of the film. The discussions have been good and generally students have been very proficient in stating their own opinions. However, I see a need of getting the students more engaged when it comes to interacting, asking for other people's opinions and ideas. Consequently, I put together a list of phrases (with linkings to the source) that will come in handy before we have our next session with oral interaction.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Shakespearean insults - my addition

We have been working with Shakespeare for a couple of lessons now and today it was time to record ourselves throwing insults around, as a way of playing around with some of Shakespeare's special words. Here is my version of an insult, recorded using the phenomenal digital recording tool FlipGrid.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

New header!

I was a bit tired of my old blog header so I decided to change it. The new one features some pictures of things essential to me and my classroom. Hope you like it!