Category Archives: Thoughts

free ebook: Stories from My Teacher

Our first ebook, in case you are into stories told by teachers in class! 🙂 ❤ Stories from My Teacher. On the English Language, Lifelong Learning & Our r.evoL.ution! http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/ebooks.htm

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El tren de la libertad. Yo decido. English subtitles (struggle for women’s rights in Spain)

This was one of the actions women organized to fight for respect. Here is an article which mentions it, along with other recent actions: http://www.wri-irg.org/es/node/23047

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Y5’s – Y5B, ¿falta de confianza? (con posdata)

En los orales de 5ºB me encontré con una sorpresa triste: hubo gente que se puso a hacer cosas que no habíamos dicho que había que hacer: además de sembrar el pánico en lugar de confiar en una/o, en el … Continue reading

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Maya Angelou, In the Valley of Humility

It’s from her collection of thoughts, Letter to My Daughter (2008), 1 page. I designed this reading exercise a few years ago but I have never actually done it in class. Yet! 🙂 I believe if we weren’t so afraid … Continue reading

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How to control fear, quote by Rosa Parks

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Goodbyes

Well, today I said my goodbyes to Y5CAL and Y5B and tomorrow it’ll be Y5A and Y3C. Thanks for a wonderful year. I’m hopeful about your results, but, as you know, I don’t really care because I know (for the … Continue reading

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a tinybook of major events

http://www.fubiz.net/2014/05/19/the-mini-book-of-major-events/tinybook-1/#main-header

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Y5’s – Change of plans!

As you remember, at the beginning of the course I announced we would be working with three documentaries but we only managed one, the one about how our senses deceive us, and now we were going to do the second, and … Continue reading

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FAQ – Where I get my Tees

I get my Literature T-shirts here (USA): http://outofprintclothing.com/shop/clothing/ And I get my Amnesty International (also feminist) Tees here (Spain): https://tienda.es.amnesty.org The rest come from international pacifist meetings I attended throughout my life. (I tend to think clothes should last FOREVER! 😀 😀 … Continue reading

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A short story on money, in Spanish

Dear all, over the weekend I managed to finish a story I had wanted to write for years and never could. I did write one called first “Carta a Sara” and then “Escribo en un cartón”, but the story was … Continue reading

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A positive approach to mistakes

Do not fear mistakes. There are none. Miles Davis (1927 – 1991) – one of the greatest musicians ever! Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts. Jim Morrison When you lose, you’re more motivated. When you … Continue reading

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Why should we always vote? (European Elections 2014)

Because the people who always vote in Industrial Societies belong or support political parties that do not respect everybody’s human rights. And when the other people don’t vote, their representation and influence in Parliaments rise, which explains the rise of … Continue reading

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Weird day but good ending

Last night (this morn!) I had a nightmare, so I woke up feeling sick (meaning, literally, wanting to throw up). I wrote a poem I would have rather not written. I had this nightmare because of the past, not the … Continue reading

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Are you going to survive the exam or not? (audio)

Listen to this message first! Then read on, if you like! http://vocaroo.com/i/s1bPKUjCcqU6 Sometimes survival is all about understanding a good idea, that allows you to develop the correct attitude. It’s not about competing and cheating, but about focusing and collaborating. … Continue reading

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Common Core Curriculums: Killing teaching/learning processes

Curriculum – Curriculums/Curricula; syllabus – syllabuses/syllabi I just read /red/ I’ve just read /red/ this by Jeff Nguyen, a primary teacher in the USA, where the Common Core curriculum suffocates teaching and learning processes with even more harshness than here … Continue reading

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On Speciesism

Earthlings – watch this documentary! (1hour 30 min) Watch at least the first 7 minutes (the intro). You could use that for a re-telling or a monologue! If it stops and you hear a kind of Error beep, just try … Continue reading

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Language & Violence (edited)

When we think of violence we think of a very specific kind of violence, that [this is not a relative pron.] of murder and torture, of physically hurting people. Traditionally, this violence could only be exerted by men, only them … Continue reading

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Clip-supporters’ sabotage?

I’m checking your writings, and this time I’m finding it really difficult to read what some of you wrote because of the stapling! Please, try to read your work after your stapling, once I give it back to you. Walk … Continue reading

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Celebrating Book Day

Dear all, next Wednesday, April 25 (International Book Day) and Thursday April 26, I’ll be raffling a few books, to celebrate World Book Day! I created the video My Bedside Table This Winter so that you all can watch it. … Continue reading

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Our Crazy Summer – Creating a Ten Point Plan

Classroom activities after reading the novel. 5A is opening this way! ❤ TenPoints (3 Word pages, but I’ll print 1 & 2 in one page to give out as a handout) – for Quinto A today.

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Published! But in Spanish…

Anyway, people coming to class will understand this article well, esp. Y5B!!! 😀 Mejorar la comunicación humana a través del aprendizaje de idiomas (parte 1 de 2) – Improving human communication through language learning http://www.mujerpalabra.net/pensamiento/educacion/2014mejorarcomunicacion.htm

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Feminist intelligence vs Lords of Darkness!

 http://www.wri-irg.org/node/23047

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About Columbus & other war mongers…

Today in Y3C Germán asked about the so-called Discovery of America (as it was called in our textbook), or the conquest, or the colonization (funny [= strange] we think of Invasions when that happens to us), and I replied that … Continue reading

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Textual Structure is not about school, it’s about life

Today I was trying to explain to an adorable student who thinks he is not capable of learning how to write different kinds of texts why I disagree with him. Human life is all about texts, both oral and written. … Continue reading

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Questions in class: exams!

Today an adorable student in fifth /fifz/ grade asked me why I kept telling them to forget about exams but at the same time kept reminding them of the exams! This is a great question, so I wanted to explain … Continue reading

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Grrr… qué barbaridad

El centro envía una encuesta sobre absentismo (faltar más del 30% a un curso presencial es absentismo), porque la Directiva quiere comprender por qué ocurre — ya que nos perjudica a todo el mundo, por ejemplo — , y un … Continue reading

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Occupy it all, or we’ll be left out/locked out, as usual

Posted on Occupy London (Fb) * Cats as rolemodels for being independent thinkers!

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Marchas por la dignidad / Marches for dignity (Spain, today)

Si informan un poco menos y un poco peor, no habría quedado muy diferente… Sat March 23. Marching for dignity, from all over Spain to Madrid, the capital of the Kingdom of Spain as it is called in encyclopedias.

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GRATEFUL for this article! Gee, it MOVED me!

Gracias, Pepa! Aunque le falta algo de inteligencia feminista, por ejemplo porque explica “artista torturado = mente caótica” cuando las mujeres creativas, y los hombres, el mayor problema que tienen es la incomprensión, la amenaza constante a homogeneización, a que … Continue reading

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8 de marzo – celebrando el feminismo

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“As a woman my country is the whole world” – Feminist Quotes to celebrate!

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world” (Virginia Woolf) The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911 and is celebrated annually on 8 March with thousands of events across the … Continue reading

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Noise pollution and other stories!

This week has been hell in class because of the roadworks outside. I had to take my migraine meds almost every day because of the stress of having to teach and listen to people with all that non-stop noise! To … Continue reading

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Why are you so different?

Another great post by Carol A Hand: http://carolahand.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/why-are-you-so-different/

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About blogging & community

https://carolahand.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/reflections-on-another-snowy-morning-blogging-and-connections-to-community/

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AUDIOS. Y5. Speaking about environmental issues

Here are the answers to your close test (reading comprehension exercise) “The Living Planet”. Use the audio to learn to speak about environmental issues! Remember to download the audios to your computer. The Living Planet 1: http://vocaroo.com/i/s1C7gTRitkei The Living Planet 2: http://vocaroo.com/i/s0L2fP5o7VXH … Continue reading

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Second Childhood Memory on our video channel!

Thanks, Josefina! If there’s anything you don’t like, please, let me know — I can fix it! No problem!

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More contributions & why I’m always behind on this

Dear all, thanks so much for sending your oral and written work for publication. I’ll be publishing it asap, but as some of you can see, “asap” is at times not that “asap”! In case you do not know (I … Continue reading

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On human & artificial intelligence

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Calendario 2014 – Mujeres creadoras de pensamiento

Download the pdf http://www.stes.es/mujer/mujer_calendarios.html

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Dos posdatas

Cuando hablo de absentismo no pienso en personas concretas, aunque me disparen cosas concretas. Pienso en un problema que tenemos el profesorado en la pública: la falta de consciencia que hay sobre el valor del trabajo del profesorado en la … Continue reading

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