Wednesday, 24 September 2008

A new school year!

The school year is about to start!
Let's start singing as I would do with my Primary pupils. I have chosen a special song, very popular and meaningful for people but even more special for teachers.
Look at this video: Robbie Williams singing "My Way" (Frank Sinatra) at the Royal Albert Hall (London).
The audience is excited as we all may be now because of the new school year.
Let's transfer it into education too. I really believe that the sense of teaching , and the final goal, is that our children can grow as human beings and be able to live a happy life. So, that at any moment in their lives, not necessarily at the end, they can say about themselves that they have lived "their way".
Afther this simple thought just enjoy the song with the fantastic voice of Robbie Williams.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

European Day of Languages

26th September is European Day of Languages, launched by the Council of Europe in 2001.

The Day has a wide variety of aims that we could summarize as follows:

# Increasing plurilingualism and intercultural understanding.

# Promoting -preserving and fostering- the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe.

# Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school for all kind of puposes (study, professional, mobility and pleasure.

The European Day of Languages is addressed to all citizens, but I think that we, as teachers, have to feel especially concerned about the Day and its message.

Let's all spread the slogan in our schools:
Celebrating linguistic diversity,
plurilingualism, lifelong language learning

Great statement!

I have found this statement and I really love it:

Technologies should be like the sails of a ship
if well woven and operated by skillful sailors, the captain only has to indicate the direction.

You can find it in the following web: seed
Could we transfer it to our schools?
Are the sailors the teachers in schools? Is the captain the headteacher? Could ICT be truly integrated in schools by teachers able to manage it and the headteacher only be needed to coordinate the implementation?

You may also enjoy this other web: red-ink doctoral school.
The goal of Red-ink is the understanding of eduational technologies and e-learning.

Monday, 1 September 2008

First day ppt

Look at this powerpoint presentation. It seems to be the introduction of a class teacher in the first day of class. Notice the organisation of every important item such as behaviour, homework and activities in class. Really interesting, well done but maybe too strict and harsh.

Find more videos like this on Classroom 2.0

Teachers today

Do you really think that teachers do all this today? Or maybe, is it that teachers today should do all this?
Can we really change the world?

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