Saturday, December 31, 2011


May we have the stamina to Be Happy
throughout this so foretold difficult New Year!

And don't forget to stick to your New Year's resolutions!...

Monday, December 26, 2011

Teaching @PineTree is one month old

These are theTeaching @PineTree numbers: 
1 month old, 18 posts, 13 followers +1 anonymous... 
And I've just created this wordle to celebrate the event! "Wordle is a toy for generating 'word clouds' from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. (...)"  Read more @ 

After creating the wordle, I decided to customize it with a free photo editing software, and this was the outcome:
Thank you for being around... I hope it's been of worthy value!...

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

An e-card to my students

Holiday e-cards are a great way to send our season greetings to the ones that are part of our everyday lives. Even though there are many options available and Jacquie Lawson  e-cards are still my favourite. However. this year was my choice to email my students season greetings... I hope you enjoy  it and Merry Christmas!...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Xmas Animoto

To all my followers, a creation of my own:

Enjoy the music, the pictures and Rise Above!

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My Xmas Card

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas, Pine Tree and Prezi ...

Teaching @PineTree presents...

... xmas decorations @PineTree, a card, a video and a message!
All that in one single Prezi!!! Just follow this link!...

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Xmas last minute resources...

In case you're looking for some Christmas last minute resources to use in your end of the term last lesson, here goes my suggestion...

'Christmas, my child, is love in action!... 
Everytime we give,
everytime we love,
it's Christmas!...'
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Monday, December 12, 2011

11 rules you will never learn in school

Bill Gates spoke before a group of high school students and gave them eleven rules of life.

#1 Life is not easy!... Get used to it!...

#2 The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.

#3 You will not make $60,000 a year, right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with car and phone until you earn both.

#4 If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get your boss. He doesn't have tenure.

#5 Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: opportunity.

#6 If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault. So don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

#7 Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought they were. So before you save the rainforests from the parasites of your parents' generations, try delousing the closet in your own room...

#8 Your school may have done away with winners and losers but life has not. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they will give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life

#9 Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

#10 Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

#11 Be nice to nerds. Chances are you will end up working for one.
@ MT Whitney High School, Visalia, California, USA
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Friday, December 09, 2011

Tongue Twisters

'She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells by the seashore are seashells I'm sure.'

Although most of them don't make any sense at all, they can certainly help your students improve their pronunciation skills. Besides, they are a lot of fun!... So, to spice things up a little and inject a dose of silliness in the classroom, try using some of these classic tongue twisters... Read more @BusyTeacher.

Found picture at ELT Experiences

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011


'If today were the last day of my life,
would I want to do what I am about to do today?'
Steve Jobs

Two months after his death, I'm now paying tribute to Steve Jobs. By October 5th, this blog hadn't been created yet, so FaceBook was my way to write isadness, iloss, ithanks to the man that put together design, beauty and the finest high technology. I've just created this video to honour both his sensitiveness and genius. And I dedicate it not only to all Apple lovers I know but also, and especially, to my techie friends, Ana Figueiredo and Filipe Mendes. They'll understand why...
So long, Steve!...

This animoto is my tribute to Steve Jobs

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

I love English!...

I'm lecturing my 10th form students the unit 'A world of many languages'. I found these two videos on the YouTube and I think I'm going to use both of them in class. The first, 'English and Empire - The history of English 6/10', is the 6th video of a collection that teaches the history of English in 10 minutes, by the Open University. I'll start my lesson with this one and then explore the text 'English worldwide'.

The second video brings humour to the class. An American entertainer imitates not only the fantastic British accent but also the English spoken by people of different nationalities... It's a blast!... And it goes perfectly along with the reading/comprehension of the text 'English - other voices'!...

Below, some suggestions of two funny videos one might use in class when lecturing the topic 'A world of many languagues': Learn English really funny commercial and Singlish Chat.
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Friday, December 02, 2011

Prezi, if you please!...

O Prezi é uma apresentação electrónica que oferece uma alternativa ao por demais conhecido PowerPoint!... Deparei, pela primeira vez, com esta ferramenta da web 2.0, numa workshop realizada na minha Escola pelo professor de TIC, Filipe Mendes... Com o Prezi, podemos fazer apresentações dinâmicas, apelativas e originais. Causam grande impacto nos alunos pois trata-se de uma novidade. Para além de imagens, podemos incorporar vídeos, tal como ilustrado no prezi que vos apresento. Confesso que ainda não domino esta ferramenta mas, com algum tempo de dedicação, chegarei lá! Criei este prezi para uma aula do 10ºano do ensino regular,  no ano lectivo transacto. O tema era Mass Media, mais precisamente, a imprensa cor-de-rosa. Façam click no link acima transcrito para perceberem do que vos falo, caso não conheçam esta ferramenta... Aproveitem que estão no site e registem-se. Podem aceder a Prezis de outrém e fazer o respectivo download. Usem nas vossas aulas: os alunos agradecerão!... ;) 

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