miércoles, 26 de marzo de 2014

iListen

Hi there! Here you can download the songs we are going to use in the future.

Please download and start listening them!!!

See you in class :)

miércoles, 19 de marzo de 2014

"FOLDABLE PLANT"

Here you have a funny way to learn the different parts of a plant.
The idea is to make a foldable plant following these steps:
1) Draw a plant and fold the sheet in half.
2) Cut flaps to separate the flower, the leaves, the stem and the roots. You have to cut only the first layer!

3) Open your foldable and label it. To label it, you can use this document.

https://docs.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B9oztgoI1GuIWWNtdFBJZmE3VVU


Here you can see some foldable plants, made by 1 ESO B students, in class of Natural Sciences.



jueves, 13 de marzo de 2014

Making math a game

Math, by nature, is formulaic, which means math classes are often formulaic, too. Students study the unit, learn formulas, learn definitions, take an exam, and then repeat the cycle in the following unit. We wanted to do something a little different with the bilingual section math classes, so we decided to make math a game.

Learning outcomes of games, expecially for exam review, are as good as or better than outcomes from "traditional" ways of instruction. So, we decided to use the American game show "Jeopardy" as inspiration because it's a great way to practice definitions and mathematical concepts. Jeopardy games have five categories, and each category has five questions. The questions are worth between 100 and 500 points, with the idea that the questions that are worth more points are more difficult.


Using a blank template from the Jeopardy Labs website (I highly recommend this site; it has a ton of pre-made templates for all subjects), I created Jeopardy games for 2nd year and 4th year exam review. See the 2nd year game, which was about square roots, here

It took the students a bit of time to understand some of the specific rules, like the fact that they had to wait for me to read the question before they could "buzz in" to provide their team's answer. But in the end, the game was a great way to combine math, English and, most importantly, a bit of fun in the classroom.