Saturday, September 13, 2008

Music and a few sites

Monday 15th, we start another school year; a brand new school (1 year old), new students and colleagues, new everything. The bilingual (year 1) and the ICT programs are also starting this year, so I'm really looking forward to it, (although I still could take a few weeks holidays).
You know I like using music to enjoy myself with the students, so I've prepared a song to start, Dancing Queen by ABBA. I hope they like it. I sang it hundred times with the teachers I was in US this summer, it is "our song".

A few more things: have you heard of this funny Craigslit?, a definition by is "A Web site of classified ads and community notices that serves an urban area. It was started in 1995 in San Francisco by Craig Newmark and since spread to hundreds of cities in more than 50 countries". It's interesting to have a look at it, funny the notices you can find there.

I like the missed connection posts, where people leave messages to other people when they have missed an opportunity to make that special connection, as an example I link here the Boston missed connection list. I found out about it at my friend Ali and her roommates' blog. They are six students living in Washington (around 21) and are going to post about their life together, opinions, etc. A nice initiative with fresh and cool language and content for sure.

And just another funny site I found out lately and want to share with you, useful to work with collocations in real English contexts We feel fine. Thousands of quotes from posts in blogs that are classified according to the type of feeling, location, etc. Good to read about feelings and to reflect upon them.

What's today's feeling? A mixture of nostalgia for the past and excitement about all the new adventures ahead of me.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Ya empezamos..............

Septiembre ha llegado (hoy hace hasta fresquito en Granada), y con él el nuevo curso. Comienzo una nueva etapa en el IES Moraleda de Zafayona, que está a unos 35 km de Granada. Me ha dado penilla irme del IES Mariana Pineda porque es como mi centro por excelencia, pero estoy animada y contenta de empezar en Moraleda. Iniciamos el proyecto TIC que coordinará Manolo de Tecnología y el proyecto Bilingüe que coordinaré yo misma. Por fin estoy en un centro TIC, y en uno bilingüe! Hasta ahora todo me parece estupendo, los compañeros, el centro y hasta los alumnos y sus padres -ayer ví algunos en una fiesta para concluir un intercambio con un centro sueco (Bohusskolan) que ha organizado mi compa Lina y el director Antonio Puentes.

No puedo pedir mucho más, creo que he tenido mucha suerte y en contrapartida habrá que trabajar lo que haga falta (sin pasarse - es lo que me digo cuando me emociono).
El martes celebramos el "II Encuentro Provincial de Profesorado de Centros Bilingues", como plato fuerte vienen David Marsh y Elia Vila. Podéis ver el programa en el blog de Diego Ojeda , quien además promete tenerlo actualizado con temas relacionados con los centros bilingües de la zona, así que no lo perdáis de vista.

Here we go again, enjoy the music and the beginning of this new school year:

Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My my, just how much Ive missed you
Yes, Ive been brokenhearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?
Mamma mia, now I really know,
My my, I could never let you go