Sunday, 19 April 2015

Another great lesson with Eulalio on describing the steps of a recipe in Spanish. I initially gave him this activity in French and then he used it with me for the Spanish lesson. This was the first time I "spoke" Spanish, I felt that I could make sentences even though I was super slow :-)

Aqui esta la receta del pastel del Rey

Nosotros necesitamos los ingredientes siguiente :
Dos pastas de hojaldre
Ciento vienti cinco gramos de azúcar
Tres huevos
Ciento vienti cinco gramos de mantequilla
Ciento vienti cinco gramos de almendra molida

Nosotros necesitamos tambien los utensilios siguiente :
una botidora de mano
un cuchillo
un molde
un pincel
una ensaladera 

Necesitamos un horno tambien.

otros vocabularios:
la mezcla
el muñequito
una yema de huevo 
una clara de huevo
para initiar/ para empezar
por último
dendro de la/del 
un poco de

Verbos en el imperativo (tu - usted)
poner (pon - ponga)
tomar (toma - tome)
abrir (abre - abra)
?? (viérte ??)
pintar (pinta - pinte)
extiender (extiende - extienda)
esperar (espera - espere)
comer (come - coma)

1. Para initiar, tome el azúcar y el mantequilla y pongale en la ensaladera.
2. Despúes, tome dos huevos y la almendra molida y pongale en la misma ensaladera.
3. Despúes, tome una pasta de hojaldre en el molde y extiendela.
4. Tome la mazcla de la ensaladera y viértela en el molde, sobre la pasta de hojaldre.
5. Tome el muñequito y pongale en la mezcla.
6. Tome la otra paste de hojaldre y pongala en la mezcla. Extiendela sobre el molde. Tome una yema de huevo y, con un pincel, pinte la pasta de hojaldre.
7. Por último, abra el horno y ponga el molde en el/le?

Espere cuarenta minutos y coma !

Saturday, 7 March 2015

How about a home school with spaces for children to make things? A tinkering studio! I just love the idea of a maker space. Building with various materials, observing how things are made, exploring a diversity of possibilities to build and just play with things is awesome! Manipulating and creating a unique product out of materials seems just the exact feel of how it is to learn. I just acquired a book called The Art of Tinkering  and I'm planning to join the online course of the authors on Coursera in order to get started, be more and more inspired by such activities and be able to develop some of them in future.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Yesterday was my first Spanish class the Silent Way with Eulalio. It was great! I learnt a few colors, commend verbs and improved my sounds.
We did a lot of practice with "take" and "give me" and used singular and plural with rods.
I think that the sounds are quite easy for me. The vowels are simple but there are a couple of difficult consonants. I can still isolate those sounds but when in certain positions in some words, it's more difficult. I know I can improve this by being more present to what I do (the articulation and position of the tongue) in certain words which have "la ere" and "la jota".

As you can see below, here are the Silent Way charts for Latin American Spanish (sources : Pronunciation Sciences - Piers Messum & Roslyn Young).

I think that since I are quite comfortable with most sounds, I could start using the fidel. The fidel is very simple in Spanish so we can start using it almost immediately. (In the contrary, the French fidel  is a nightmare!).

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Here are my Grade 6 students. They made a picture poster about their dream school... What a lovely preparation for me!
Their school's name is "Rebel-lion" (as you can see the lion picture to avoid writing lion!). It is democratic: children and teachers are equal and all have responsibilities in the school. Everyone has access to technology as well.
In their dream school, located in a green lush forest near a superb beach, there many many cool stuffs:

  • a chocolate fountain
  • zip lines to move from a tree house to another (where informal classes take place)
  • many comfy spaces with bean bags, hammocks (including nest-looking hammocks)
  • beautiful staircase with mosaics
  • amazing Indiana-Jones-type natural bridge
  • a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi
  • a delicious cuisine in the cafeteria and cozy cafes 
  • ...
Isn't it inspiring? I quite love the idea of having a beautiful design and a democratic management. I also love that this school is in nature so that anyone can learn outside as well.

Strangely, my students were more interested in not doing anything and being totally free but there were some students trying to make a point about needing to know some fundamental stuffs. They would go to a maths class even if they had the choice not to. It was fun to see their imagination take them very far as well as their need to still learn.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A bit about my favorite writer: Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl is so inspirational because he managed to create such atmospheres for creativity, imagination, curiosity. I just love any of his books for children. He says:

“Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” 

This powerful and simple quote takes you to his world and makes me smile. As much as I can be a down-to-earth person, I need to see the stars shining and look for magic in life.

I recently watched this TED Talk about dreams. Dreams are a privilege.

Many people decide not to follow their dreams, they might even not be aware of their dreams. They just go the easy way, take the save path and miss their dreams... Why is this so difficult to take risks? When I took the decision to leave my current "safe" job, many people wondered why I would do that? Roald Dahl to answer:

“I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice.”
Fantastic Mr. Fox

Isn't it brilliant :) Love that answer!
I simply want to follow my dream and even though my current job is nice, I am looking for something even better, where I take even more control and I want to create! It should not end up a disaster but rather be quite exceptional. As Roald Dahl says:

“A little magic can take you a long way.” 
James and the Giant Peach

Not only taking risk create magic but also thinking creativity. The design thinking is one thing but putting ideas into practice by creating makes this magic happens.

“I've heard tell that what you imagine sometimes comes true.”  
Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate factory

Let's be passionate about our dreams! Let's be enthusiastic and never give up!

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”

Like I said in an earlier post, no one can stop me. Taking the decision was hard but once it's done, you just feel confident, proud, powerful! I can only see possibilities, no obstacles. I love me new me!

“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.”

And you know what, the positive energy is contagious. When one starts gardening, it looks so nice that the neighbor also take a chance.

To finish, how do we know we can do it? I think, it's when we have these little sparks, when we dream big, when we dare and decide to go ahead with the crazy plan! This can be anytime in your life. No matter how complicated life can be, we should not have any regrets. The moment you go beyond your limits to allow your dream to become a reality, you have done the most difficult job. Dreams come first: This was the most meaningful awareness I had in my life so far.

“We all have our moments of brilliance and glory, and this was mine.”
Boy: Tales of Childhood

Thursday, 12 February 2015

I have started a Google Map to locate the places I would like to visit when I take my sabbatical in July 2015. I will keep updated it. That is quite exciting when you start to add locations and I think I should keep my dream in mind and be ambitious! I will probably not go to all those places but who knows? Always dream big :)

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Does the verb "to math" exists? Can I use it anyway pleazzz?

Because I didn't have internet for one week at home, I focused on offline activities and I did start to open that book for grade 5-6 called "the super source" by Cuisenaire. I did the first few activities and, it took me quite a while even though this is for small kids. I really need to review my maths! Seriously...
So here is what I did in a few photos:
First I worked on blueprint which is an activity which involves making a 3D structure with rods and replicating this it on a 2D. I had to look at all the views of the structures. This is the basics of understanding maps for instance.

After this activity, I worked on pyramid patterns: