terça-feira, 29 de dezembro de 2009

AFS English books is stealing teacher's work.

As a teacher I must stand for this cause and tell you all what's going on.
I've written about the site www.Eslprintables.com quite many times here. It's a wonderful, site where teacher's from all over the world share their work with no other compensation then that "sharing".
What happens is that many of the worksheets published on the site were stolen and published on some books from AFS.
I'm sure no teacher in ESLprintables worries when he sees his/her work being used at schools by another teacher. That’s what sharing is all about, but it's not fair that someone is making money out of someone else's sweat.
I’d like to warn all English teachers not to buy these books.
You can read more information about this on:
http://afsyayincilik-thieves.blogspot.com or

sábado, 5 de dezembro de 2009


Dear readers,

Today I want to tell you about a wonderful website called: “Explore”
It has got many resources which can be used in class to show our students the real world we are living in.
Explore is not only good for language lessons but also for Science, History, Geography, but most of all, this site is about Philanthropy …

“explore is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the
world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and
inspirational, explore creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing
the selfless acts of others”.

A day before I found “Explore”, I was talking to someone about how rare it is to find people who actually care about helping others, and the environment just for the sake of helping.
The society we’re living in is becoming more and more selfish, more and more “me centered”. Explore has shown me a new bean of hope, there are still people who care, there are still people who want to give regardless what they’ll get. For all this, I want to share it with you:
There are many videos, photos and articles. Check it out by clicking the image bellow.

Ps. Don't forget to tell me what you think!

terça-feira, 1 de dezembro de 2009

Wishing a great December... and careful evaluations!

Hi everybody,

Today is the first of December. This is usually a month of great emotions and even greater frenzy.
Here in Portugal it's also the last month of the first term of lessons. Which means... evaluations are at the corner.
I already feel a bit uneasy about this.
It's so hard to turn a person into a number.
I believe this is the most difficult part of being a teacher. We all know that it's not only the tests that count. But how do you evaluate the rest. Students are human, some days they are full of energy and optimistic, and other days they wake up like if they want to eat the entire world.
There's no measure to evaluate personalities or reactions, interest or dedication.
No matter how many grids we create we'll always be unfair. It's helpless. We cannot know a student enough to be able to evaluate what he/she knows or what he/she doesn't know.
I'll do my best and hope that I don't miss judge any of my kids... It's all I can do.
Mice digital design by Lauri Furnell