eTwinning Course: Week 3 – Objectives

In this assignment, we have been asked to answer the following questions:

  • Do you have an idea but are unsure about how to develop it?
  • Want to compare your project with others?
  • Do you think it is possible to share ideas and suggestions with colleagues?
  • Do you have some questions about any subject?
  1. Yes, I have an idea. No, I am not unsure about how to develop it.
  2. I am not so sure you could say I would like to compare my project with others. However, I would say that I am very interested in seeing other people’s projects in order to get ideas and, if the opportunity presents itself, provide ideas.
  3. I think it is absolutely fundamental to share ideas and suggestions with colleagues. This is one of the things I like about eTwinning: we can check out old projects or use project kits in order to get ideas for new projects.
  4. I don’t have any questions about this subject yet.

eTwinning SPOOC: Week 2, Assignment 2

Hello! Here’s my blog post for the second part of this week’s homework.

In this post, I must answer the following questions:

  • What needs or areas of improvement and learning have I detected in my teaching?
  • What projects have I found that might help me?

1. The needs or areas of improvement that I have detected are:

  • Evaluation
  • Project success

2. The projects that I have found that could be helpful are:

European Maze: This project mentions that students had problems with their colleagues in other countries not working.

Origami: The creators of this project used a rubric to evaluate the success of their project. The idea I get from this is two-fold:
First, I could propose a project evaluation rubric from the very beginning. This makes the goals clear to the teachers involved in the process.
Second, the format allows me to think of how I could design the rubric for my students.

Both of the projects I cited were winners of the National eTwinning prize here in Spain. You can find more eTwinning prize winners here.

eTwinning course: Week 2

This week’s eTwinning SPOOC assignment is:

We suggest you carry out a self-analysis of your teaching practice to detect some key aspects that you would like to improve or where you would like to experiment on. Briefly express these aspects and share them in a new post in your learning journal.

Source

I would really like to improve my teaching practice by better integrating eTwinning opportunities in the classrom. This is my second year of teaching and the biggest lesson I’ve learned over the last two years is that teaching is a constant learning process. This year’s eTwinning project did not go well. Our eTwinning partners did not hold up their end of the deal and did not upload any of the projects that they had agreed to do. It was both embarassing and frustrating to me. Also, I’d like to improve upon my evaluation of the work my students do for the eTwinning process.

How can I fix these two aspects that I cited?

First, I’ve already found a project to work on with my 3rd and 4th ESO students next year. I’m really excited about the project because I think it will be interesting for them. Also, the other teacher is new to eTwinning and she seems quite excited and ambitious about the project. Her school is also travelling to the UK next spring and part of our project has to do with the UK trip.

Second, I’ve decided to create rubrics to use to evaluate each of the projects created for our eTwinning work. (As well as other class assignments.) Although they’re a lot of work and can be tough to create, I think rubrics are one of the better evaluation systems that exist because they make things clear to the students and allow them to see what specific aspects worked well and which ones didn’t.

Although this year’s eTwinning work was a flop, I have high hopes for next year!

2nd ESO: Unit 8

Hello!

Here are some resources to help you review the concepts we’ve learned in Unit 8:

Explanation of for vs. since
In English
In Spanish (hacia el final del artículo)

Explanation of the present perfect vs. past simple:

Practice!

Interactive exercises:
For vs. since 1
For vs. since 2
PDF Exercise – For vs. Since:  Answers on page 2

Present perfect vs. past simple 1
Present perfect vs. past simple 2
Present perfect vs. past simple 3
Present perfect vs. past simple 4

Kahoot challenge: Who will get the highest scores?
Challenge 1: for vs. since
Challenge 2: for vs. since

 

Conditionals

Here is some information to help you review conditional sentences.

Si prefieres estudiar este tema en castellano (os entiendo, es chungo…) echa un vistazo a: http://aprendeinglessila.com/2013/03/condicionales/

PRACTICE!

Let’s start with two easy activities. Kahoots! Remember: I can see the results to these.
1. First conditional (If + present simple + will)
2. Second conditional (If + past simple + would)
3. Mixed first and second conditionals

Now, here are some activities that are a bit more difficult.
Interactive activities: Click here. Make sure to practice “type I” and “type II”.

 

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