Thursday, January 12, 2012

STUDENTS, TEACHERS, EVERYONE - Mistakes are the beginning of discovery

One year ago, the people at The Science of Learning Blog published an article about taking advantage of mistakes. Far from being a problem, since humans (at least most of us) learn from our mistakes, class errors should be seen as something advantageous by everyone. Here's an excerpt of the article:

For a moment, suspend your image of the classroom where statements like “I must always get the right answer” represent the mindset. Instead, imagine a classroom designed around statements such as:
  • “While I will learn by studying and listening, I will learn the most by doing.”
  • “I will demonstrate my abilities through successes, but I will learn through my mistakes.”
  • “Mistakes are a way for me to get feedback so I can do it right the next time.”
  • “This classroom is a safe place where I am encouraged to try, to experiment, to fail and to use those failures to learn even more.”
Click here if you want to read the whole text.

Monday, January 9, 2012

TEACHERS - Blended Learning.

Image taken from
Here's a very interesing article on blended learning published at The Science of Learning Blog. Even if you don't know what blended it is, you will realise that most activities you carry out in class are nice examples of blended learning.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2nd BATXILLERAT - Mr Bean takes an Exam

Are exams around the corner or just around the bend? Lighten the mood with Mr Bean takes an exam.

Here's a number of things you can write about:

What does he say he's studied? Why doesn't he know the answer? What is the difference between the green sheet and the white one?
Have you ever been or do you know anyone who's been in a similar situation?
What would you have done in his place?
Which is the funniest moment in the episode?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

3rd ESO - To Understand Is to Perceive Patterns

Watch this nice video by Jason Silva.


Finished? Now, post a sentence following the pattern:

MIN:SEC - There is a/an ADJ NOUN.

1:18 - There is a big roundabout.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2nd BATXILLERAT - The 7 Wonders of Winter

The frozen waters of Lago di Resia.
Visit the Lonely Planet website and have a look at their winter proposal. Read the 7 wonders of winter (don't just look at the pictures) and say which you would visit if you had the chance.
Give at least three reasons for your choice.