sábado, 29 de maio de 2010

Brain Gym

Dear everybody,

I've added a new link today to my list of "Sites I follow".
It's a link to the official "Brain gym" site.
I don't know if you're familiar with this term. I was first introduced to Brain gym during my course at Pilgrims last year.
Since then I've been using it in class and it really has a positive benefit on motivation and concentration.
Students find it strange at first, but fun when they're used to it!
As you can read at the official site:

Mission Goals: We utilize the Brain Gym (R) educational model to:

  • promote play and the joy of learning
  • draw out and honor innate intelligence
  • build awareness regarding the value of movement in daily life
  • emphasize the ability to notice and respond to movement-based needs
  • encourage self-responsibility
  • leave each participant appreciated and valued
  • empower each participant to better take charge of his own learning
  • encourage creativity and self expression
  • inspire an appreciation of music, physical education and the fine arts

segunda-feira, 10 de maio de 2010

Appi conference

Last 1st of May I've been at the 24th APPI (Portuguese association of English Teachers) conference. I had the chance to listen to great speakers and I came back home with a handful of new ideas.

Some of the speakers I had the pleasure to learn from were: “Carol Read” – “to praise or not to praise?” ; Andy Cowle – “See, play, learn!” ; Chaz Pugliese – “Creating flow: Ideas for teaching fluency” ; Steve Lever – “ The magic of creating thinking” ; David Crystal – “Internet linguistics” and Lucy Bravo – “ TKT: CLIL – The Future of Language Learning.

It’s wonderful to go back to the “university environment” where I was sitting in a chair, in a room full of people taking notes and participating in the sessions. It’s wonderful to switch back to the “student mode”.
Learning new things now feels like chewing on a candy, it leaves that sweet taste and a comforting sense of fulfillment  It’s like finding out that the world can still surprise me and that I’m still developing.
Most of all, I came out of there “Hopeful”.
Teaching is becoming more and more difficult, as the students tend to be more and more challenging. It was nice to feel that I’m not the only one who thinks like this, but it was even nicer to learn how to make Teaching easier for the teachers and more appealing/ interesting for the students.

At the end of the conference I bought this book by Carol Read – one of the speakers – which I really recommend to all primary teachers. (Until the 6th grade in Portugal). It’s called “500 Activities for the primary classroom”. I guess the title speaks for itself.

In conclusion, I invite all of you to participate on next year’s APPI conference. It really is inspiring!

Mice digital design by Lauri Furnell