Sunday, 7 December 2014

New blog

Please, feel free to follow my activity in my new blog called Learning Steps.

See you there!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Merry Christmas



              Xρόνια πολλά και καλά, με υγεία, χαρά και αγάπη! 

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Christmas countdown...with a twist!



Countdowns are not particularly my favorite thing. I also find a bit discouraging the fact that many people decorate their houses for Christmas since early November or even October!  I always start decorating the school in December because students love it and I don't have the heart to deny them the joy of helping out and hanging ornaments on our Christmas tree.

I don't like the bitter reality of an extremely consumer's society, already gone bad and spoilt. Recession brought some harsh realizations; during the last decade or even more, the thought of "no money = lousy Christmas" has been the prevailing one.

Fortunately, many people have commenced another way of thinking. Most of us really appreciate the gift of good health, or the fact that we still have a job, no matter how underpaid or hard it is. Perhaps, this was one way to come to a realization of how blessed we are.

So, after taking a sip of coffee and frowning at the thought of having to undig the Christmas tree, ornaments and decorations, I had the usual thought of printing a pattern of an advent kind of calendar I've been using for many years now so the students can have fun while they wait for their next class.
And then I actually said it out loud: "Boring!"
I always think that if I probably find an activity or an exercise -or anything else for that matter- boring, what will the students think about it then!? (And that's why I turn every course book upside down!)

All of a sudden, it hit me! I love having students creating word walls, bulletin boards and presenting projects. Santa's beard will be there, but since Christmas is a great holiday, what about doing something meaningful.

Starting tomorrow, every student will have to post a report on their daily good deeds! They must do something kind and demonstrate their sense of altruism once a day or more times if they wish to. Subsequently, when they come at school, they must take a piece of paper, write down what their selfless act was and pin it on our boards.

It shouldn't be complicated and the students should focus on simple every day actions, such as helping at home, grabbing the opportunity to take a glass of water to their parents or their siblings, offering to help in class either their teacher or one of their classmates. On the other hand, if they are the recipients of a good deed, they should always savor and taste the words "thank you" and really mean "thank you" when they say it. But even when they perform a good deed, they must understand that not everyone will be grateful; in this case, they should just be happy they helped someone and this is the most satisfactory part! And why not? An excellent way to show Santa who's been naughty or nice!

I hope to post a happy, full of kindness wall, by Christmas. Until then...


Saturday, 2 November 2013

Halloween 2013



This year's Jack, handsome as ever!



This is the 7th consecutive year we celebrate Halloween at our school! We have been celebrating it since the first year of the school, and I don't think we'll ever stop because it's too much fun!!!




John, as the hungry zombie that he is, is trying to bite Thanos who is tempting him with a can of brains!



We don't celebrate Halloween in Greece. Nevertheless, I think it's educational and entertaining for Greek students to acquire knowledge of at least some basic cultural facts! Halloween is one of the holidays which offers the opportunity to us, teachers, to educate our students on the customs, tradition and history of the language of the countries Greek students try to learn. 





Thodoris loves dressing up!      

      


Every single class and students were involved and some of the older ones, but also young ones, arrived at school all dressed up, ready to scare everyone! This year, we decided to have a more relaxed attitude and enjoy the last week of October, always dedicated to Halloween!




 Efstratia, Ioulia and Ioannis enjoying themselves! 




The students had fun playing interactive games and reading, watching but also writing horror stories!!! You can try the British Council's LearnEnglishKids and LearnEnglishTeens websites, but also many others! Check out this one, too! Pinterest is a great source of inspiration! 





Our Franky-door! 


History Channel and National Geographic Society offer huge amounts of information, videos, texts that can be used in the classroom. However, the greatest source this year was...Youtube! Videos, cartoon, stories for every age, level and mood! But this is our favourite book of every 31st October.....







One of the greatest books for children's Halloween celebration is Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz and, of course, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3. You can find a great variety of spooky stories, many of them containing a good sense of humor! The narration of the audio book is amazing! Try finding the videos of the stories on Youtube. There are some which can be shown in class. Surely, it's best to check them out first and then have your students watch them!





 Trick or treat bags
                                     

Last, but not least, trick or treating is an essential part of the week. Every student, even the seniors, come and get their bag full of candy!





You are welcome to see for yourself how much fun we had! Click here and here !




 Little monsters having fun! 
   

   
Happy Halloween! Until next year then.......



Sunday, 29 September 2013

Competition!



COMPETITION!

The Disabled Access Friendly campaign has teamed up with ELT Teacher 2 Writer and Burlington Books to bring you this opportunity to use your worksheet writing skills to inform students about issues affecting people with mobility disability.

All suitable entries will be published online on Disabled Access Friendly’s site, which is visited by ELT colleagues from over 120 countries.

There will be three prizes:
200 Euros towards the cost of professional development, such as an online writing course or participation at an ELT event (kindly sponsored by Burlington Books)
100 Euros towards the cost of professional development, such as an online writing course or participation at an ELT event (kindly sponsored by Burlington Books)
A set of six ELT Teacher 2 Writer modules:
How To Write Vocabulary Presentations And Practice
How To Write Reading And Listening Activities
How To Write Critical Thinking Activities
How To Write ESP Materials
How To Write Graded Readers
How ELT Publishing Works
What is the Disabled Access Friendly campaign?
Disabled Access Friendly is a voluntary campaign that provides ELT teachers with online material that raises awareness about mobility disability. All this material is completely free. The site has lesson plans, reading texts and video clips at all levels that can be used as supplementary material, for projects and examination practice. The material allows teachers to provide insight and information about life as a person with a mobility disability, thus building pathways for caring and action. By stepping into someone else’s shoes, the students explore their own and other people’s attitudes and become aware while learning English.

What is ELT Teacher 2 Writer?
ELT Teacher 2 Writer is a database of ELT teachers who want to write. Publishers search this database when they’re looking for writers. It is also a series of training modules designed to help teachers write better ELT materials, either for publication or to improve the quality of their self-produced classroom materials.

What are the competition guidelines?
1. You choose the mobility related topic, language area and level. For ideas we suggest you look at Disabled Access Friendly’s reading texts, video clips and lesson plans, and read disability blogs and published articles.
2. Find the full writing guidelines here.

Who are the judges?
Adir Ferreira, teacher, teacher trainer and content writer
Disabled Access Friendly campaign
ELT Teacher 2 Writer
How to submit your entry
Entries should be submitted electronically as a word doc. attachment to:
disabledaccessfriendlycampaign@gmail.com

Please save your file as follows:
Your surname, Your first name. Title of worksheet e.g.
Smith, Susan. My wheelchair friend
Deadline
Entries to reach us by the closing date of 16th December 2013

This is the actual link



Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Just like you, just like me. A follow up note.

I had the great honor to offer a small contribution to the Disabled Access Friendly Campaign website. Last March, my students and I dedicated about two weeks of our learning time to educated ourselves about disabilities



Then, this past September, I grabbed the opportunity to talk about it to quite a few colleagues and school owners at the IP Book Exhibition of Thessaloniki. I quickly discovered that many of them were interested in finding out more about this wonderful campaign. I cannot express the sense of joy and pleasure I felt when I got the good news that more and more teachers got interested in the campaign. 


Please, visit the site and borrow ideas, lesson plans and useful advice on how to improve the facilities of the school you own or you work in. Take a small step towards a meaningful course of action which will not only help and educate our students, but also ourselves!


Now would be the time to try and make a difference and really offer a round-up education to our students, and what would be a greater opportunity than begin with this one?! It won't be easy at first, but the acceptance will most certainly surprise you! Give it a try and you will not regret it!


Monday, 2 September 2013

Εγγραφές σχολικής χρονιάς 2013-2014

Ξεκινήσαμε τις εγγραφές με τις καλύτερες των διαθέσεων! 

Μπορείτε να περάσετε καθημερινά για ενημέρωση σχετικά με τα τμήματα Αγγλικών, Ιταλικών, Γερμανικών, Γαλλικών και Ισπανικών για τα παιδιά σας, αλλά γιατί όχι, και για εσάς τους ίδιους! 

Θα χαρούμε να σας πληροφορήσουμε για όλα τα εκπαιδευτικά μας προγράμματα, να σας ξεναγήσουμε στους χώρους διδασκαλίας και να συζητήσουμε για τις προσφορές μας, χωρίς να κρύβουμε πληροφορίες σε ψιλά γράμματα!

Το φροντιστήριο είναι ανοιχτό καθημερινά το πρωϊ 10:00 - 12: 30 και το απόγευμα 5:30 - 8:30. 

Μη διστάσετε να επικοινωνήσετε μαζί μας για ο,τιδήποτε επιθυμείτε να μάθετε!







Η γνώση είναι απο τα πολυτιμότερα εφόδια στη σημερινή εποχή που ζούμε! Σκοπός μας είναι ο μαθητής να αποκτήσει αυτό που επιθυμεί ερχόμενος στο φροντιστήριό μας:
τη γνώση μιας ξένης γλώσσας για μια ζωή!