martes, 3 de marzo de 2015

International Women’s Day - 8th March

Everything starts with an activity in class… “Say writers’ names”. The answers are many but… ALL OF THEM MEN. We go on. “Now say women writers’ names”. It’s more difficult but the students manage to give some examples. We go on. “Names of painters”… One more time, ALL OF THEM MEN. “And what about if now you say women painters”… It’s almost impossible to think of an example… Maybe Frida Kahlo. 

Why is it so difficult to think of examples of women in different fields? The answer is simple: we don’t have models. 

That’s the reason for this activity. The students from different levels and subjects have looked for women in different fields: science, maths, literature, sports, arts, music, cinema… And they have made the posters shown in the corridors of the school. 

And now a gymkhana is ready! 

International Women's Day 

Spelling Aution

We created a kind of a game to play with the 1st year of ESO students. It consists on a "Spelling Auction". We divide the class in groups of three or in pairs, depending on the number of students. We give each group 100$ to bet. The minimum bet is 10$ and the maximum is 100$. We show them a presentation and they have to decide if the sentence in each slide is correct or not and if it isn’t, they have to give the correct version. They bet in each case and if they win they will get as much money as they have bet and if they are wrong, they lose their money.

It was fun! And they enjoyed it a lot. It kept them engaged all the class and they even asked for more!


- Presentation:

Slide Show

lunes, 19 de enero de 2015

Martin Luther King Day in United States

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January (Jan 19th 2015). It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States. 

What do people do?

Martin Luther King Day is a relatively new federal holiday and there are few long standing traditions. It is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. Some educational establishments mark the day by teaching their pupils or students about the work of Martin Luther King and the struggle against racial segregation and racism. In recent years, federal legislation has encouraged Americans to give some of their time on this day as volunteers in citizen action groups.


Martin Luther King was an important civil rights activist. He was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the "I Have A Dream" speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.

In 1968, shortly after Martin Luther King died, a campaign was started for his birthday to become a holiday to honor him. After the first bill was introduced, trade unions lead the campaign for the federal holiday. It was endorsed in 1976. Following support from the musician Stevie Wonder with his single "Happy Birthday" and a petition with six million signatures, the bill became law in 1983. Martin Luther King Day was first observed in 1986, although it was not observed in all states until the year 2000. In 1990, the Wyoming legislature designated Martin Luther King Jr/Wyoming Equality Day as a legal holiday.

Famous inspirational quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. 

Sources: timeanddate and youtube

martes, 13 de enero de 2015


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