Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The 28th APPI Conference

I will be attending the 28th Conference APPI for the next three days at the Sheraton Hotel in O'Porto. This year's conference is entitled 'Language & Culture - encourage, engage, empower'. In three days, delegates can make the most of the presentations and the socializing bit by participating in the conference dinner party. In addition, two pedagogical theatre shows may prove inspiring to planning our teaching, I'm so eager to listen to the speakers and meet so many fellow workers from across the country that I only get in touch with in venues like these! I'm sure it will be a great conference! See you in a couple of days!

Image via APPI
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ashton Kutcher Speech

Published on Youtube, August 13th, 2013, these are encouraging words from an unlikely source. Someone in Hollywood telling kids (and whoever else is listening) three keys: building a life rather than living one, find your opportunities, and always be sexy. Source: Youtube (adapted)

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Nike Commercial 2014

Football and commercials are best friends, and a great tool to use in class. Nearly every kid loves football. Football players are amongst their idols as well, so this commercial might be a great tool to boost their urge to speak. After all, the world football championship is only two months ahead.

Published on Apr 25, 2014 on YouTube.
Nike Football: Winner Stays. ft. Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Rooney, Ibrahimović, Iniesta & more. 
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

World Book and Copyright Day 2014

April 23 marks the anniversary of the birth or death of a range of well-known writers, including Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Maurice Druon, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Haldor Kiljan Laxness, Manuel Mejía Vallejo, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and William Shakespeare. For this reason, UNESCO's General Conference chose this date to pay tribute to books, the authors who wrote them, and the copyright laws that protect them.

A range of activities to promote reading and the cultural aspects of books are held all over the world. Many of these emphasize international cooperation or friendships between countries. Events include: relay readings of books and plays; the distribution of bookmarks; the announcement of the winners of literary competitions; and actions to promote the understanding of laws on copyright and the protection of authors' intellectual property.

In some years, the Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance is awarded. This is a prize for novels, collections of short stories or picture books that promote tolerance, peace, mutual understanding and respect for other peoples and cultures. There are two categories: one for books aimed at children aged up to 12 years; and one for those aimed at young people aged 13 to 18 years.

Source: (abridged)

Picture via Google Images
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#Global Selfie for Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and NASA is asking us something very special: take a selfie, post it online and NASA will use it to create a mosaic image of Earth. This is how it works: 

'NASA today is asking fans to submit their photos for the agency's Earth Day #GlobalSelfie effort. NASA has plenty of satellite images of our planet taken high above the Earth, but "for Earth Day we are trying to create an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a collection of portraits of the people of Earth." "Get outside and show us mountains, parks, the sky, rivers, lakes - wherever you are, there's your picture," NASA said. Spell out where you are using rocks, sand, or a print-out from NASA's website, which is available in several languages. Post your photo to Twitter, Instagram, or Google+ using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie, or post it to the #GlobalSelfie event page on Facebook or the #GlobalSelfie group on Flickr. Once the images are collected, NASA will "create a mosaic image of Earth - a new 'Blue Marble' built bit by bit with your photos."
"NASA scientists have helped identify thousands of new planets out in the universe in recent years. But the space agency studies no planet more closely than our own," the agency said. "On this Earth Day, we wanted to create a different picture of our planet - a crowd-sourced collection of snapshots of the people of Earth that we could use to create one unique mosaic of the Blue Marble." (Source:

Well, I didn't miss the call, so here goes my selfie, taken this afternoon with my schoolmate Gorete Borges, at PineTree School, 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Easter

Now that the assessment week is over and it is time for a break, I'm going to enjoy a few days to indulge in some free time and recharge energies. Spending quality time with my family will surely foster my stamina to face the last term of this school year. In the meantime, I wish you all a great Easter.

Picture via Google Images
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Up the river, we go

Today I've spent the day doing one of the things I love the most: taking photographs! It was the end of the assessment week, and the school board organized us a trip by boat up the Douro river, with several elements of our school community: from teachers, to vocational courses students, staff and parents' representatives... It was a beautiful sun shiny day, with astonishing landscapes to view and shoot. Everybody was happy and relaxed, as some days free of work are ahead of us. I am going to enjoy those days the best I can. I am going to the beautiful Madeira Island, here, in Portugal, with my family, where I'm sure I will take wonderful pictures! As soon as I return, I shall create a video of the day spent with my schoolmates on the river Douro. Until then, enjoy your free time and recharge energies! We still have a 3rd term of hard work to get through, and the exams season! See you in a couple of days!

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Assessment Meetings Week

Yep! It's the assessment meetings season! Students are already enjoying the Easter break; we still have some days of intense work ahead! I'll be back shortly! Now, it's high time for rating students' performances. See you soon! Hopefully!...

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Grammar Nazi

A substitute teacher from the inner city refuses to be messed with while taking attendance. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele go hard on the syllables and even harder on a group of unsuspecting high schoolers in this hilarious sketch. And this is what happens when you play 'Grammar Nazi' with your teacher!

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Best classroom April Fools prank ever

A group of students decided to prank their instructor, after he established a policy that if a student’s phone rings during class, he or she must answer it on speakerphone, no matter the consequences. The best part of the prank is the professor’s reaction.