Monday, January 8, 2018

New Years Resolution

Now the end is near and so I face the final curtains....
So guys, 2017 is over and we are ready for a new beginning.
I do not know about you guys, but every January I feel refreshed and full of dreams and hope. I usually start a list with the goals for the year to come, but usually this list is lost by February. This year I want to make it differently. First of all I will share  my list with you, so I will not lose it. Then, I will do my best to really have accomplished everything by December.

Let's start with my list and you may share yours if you feel like too.
1- Spend less time on social networks, such as instagram and facebook;
2- Have fewer face to face students and more online ones;
3- Learn how to edit videos and start my own youtube channel;
4- Spend more time with my family and friends;
5- Travel to somewhere I have never been.
Do you think I am setting high expectations and that I  might get frustrated for not accomplishing them?

Before you decide on your own list tell me what the most common resolutions are:
Which of those are the most difficult to keep throughout the year? Why is that?
You will find an article here that explains a little bit about giving up our resolutions. 



One of my hobbies is watching tv and I do believe I have to avoid it a little more this year, but meanwhile I want to share this friends episode on new Years resolutions.


What is Ross' resolution? Share 3 things you have never done and explain why you would like to try it this year.





Monday, October 23, 2017

Opportunities

It is hard when you get hit by shocking news, but then you end up having 2 ways to go. You can either stay home and get depressed about it, or you can work hard and change your mind. Being positive about something negative is not always easy, but again, either you cry or you act. What kind of person are you?
lesson plan - to be continued..

Monday, September 11, 2017

HERO

What makes a person a hero? My teenager daughter is crazy about super heroes, she loves spiderman and the flash. I started thinking about the role of these guys in our lives. We are always waiting for someone to rescue us or save us from something, even if this something is ourselves.
I have 2 sisters, a mom and my dad is the only man in the family. As I was growing up I saw the real hero was not someone from the movies or the comics. Not a person who could fly. But a super hero was someone that helped me understand my position in this world. My dad talks to us about everything, about our feelings, about our dreams and goals. It is pretty close to being a superhero to me. What about you?

videosharing
lesson plan
song

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Father X Daddy

It was father's day in Brazil last Sunday. I am crazy about my daddy but I know some people hold a grudge when it comes to their own dad. This lesson plan is for low intermediate students who need some extra practice on simple past

commercial
song
Lesson plan


Monday, August 7, 2017

Hot dog competition - simple present

Well, I know this is a blog that intends to promote deeper conversation and discussion but I really wanted to talk about tis famous eating competition once it is such a cultural event. I used this lesson with some basic students, and it worked pretty well.
lesson plan
video
article

Thursday, July 20, 2017

friendship - simple past

People in Brazil celebrate "friendship day" on July 20th, I know that it is different in other parts of the world. But it is always nice to talk about friends. This is a lesson that has 2 nice videos and 1 famous song and some simple past activities.
have fun

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stop this train

Every time I think about a class it starts differently. It is sometimes a topic I want to work on or it is a grammar subject I need to find attractive ways to involve my students. This one started because I have a lovely student who likes to have songs in her class, but then I found this great animation film and I wanted to use it with her as well. How would I bring a song with this video together? This film is about fate, so I looked up songs about fate, then I realized I'd better go after the singers my students like and I like as well and try to find something related to this issue there. John Mayer is deliciously interesting, he has bunch of cool songs, till I came across this one- stop this train, it is abt the inevitability of death. It may sound like a sad topic but I hope it brings more joy than sadness.
Have fun