Thursday, 26 September 2013

European Day of Languages

I started to learn English when I was twelve years old, but at that time I wasn't convinced that one day I would speak this language. When I was a little girl, I used to listen to a mixtape with Shakin' Stevens's hits. I couldn't understand a word, but I wanted to sing along with him so badly that it didn't matter if I knew English or not. For the first time, I was aware why I want to learn a foreign language. Then I fell in love with Elvis Presley, but that didn't help me to learn English at that time. Grammar seemed to be very complicated and I didn't try hard enough to learn the vocabulary well.
Everything changed in high school. I had ten hours of English a week and I studied at home a lot. The more I understood, the more I wanted to know. I also started to learn German and I really liked this language. Why do I tell you that?
Today is the European Day of Languages. Learn foreign languages! Although it may seem a difficult job, it's definitely worth it.

I promised my 6th graders to upload a little grammar help. They're currently learning how to describe a person. So here's a short revision of the use of the verb "have got" in Present Simple and Past Simple.


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Konkurs Nauczycielski Blog 2013

Mój blog bierze udział w Konkursie na Nauczycielskiego Bloga Roku 2013 organizowanym przez Stowarzyszenie na Rzecz Wspierania Edukacji Dzieci i Młodzieży „Omnibus” (http://omnibus.pless.pl/). 

Zaglądajcie tu często i zostawiajcie komentarze. Dziękuję!

Ogromne podziękowania dla pani Moniki Cieślawskiej za projekt wróżki z logo mojego bloga!

I take part in a competition Teacher's Blog of the Year 2013. I will be grateful, if you visit my blog and leave a comment. Thank you!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

eTwinning 3.0

I'm taking part in an amazing eTwinning Learning Event: "eTwinning 3.0". I've just participated in the IGNITE session organized by Arjana Blazic & Bart Verswijvel. I was lucky to meet them in Lisbon, Portugal this year. They are full of enthusiasm and they share it with others.


One of the tasks we were asked to do during the Learning Event was to design a learning activity using connecting tools. The teachers' responds were very creative, so if you want to be inspired, you can read them here: http://etinera.be/learninglab/learning-activities/
And here's the activity designed by me:

Friday, 20 September 2013

To be or not to be?

For most of my students English grammar is boring and tricky. They think it's difficult to understand, even the basic concept of "to be" and "to have". When I was their age, I could agree with that.
Can we teachers make it simple? Can we make it understandable?
Try out my Prezi about the verb "to be". I started with the present.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

I have, who has?

The English alphabet is not that easy for my 3rd grade students. They know the alphabet song perfecly, but they've got some problems with spelling. Last year I created the colour-coded alphabet set for them to practice at school and at home. This year I went one step further. Inspired by teacherspayteachers.com, I've created "I have, who has ...?" alphabet game.

Here's the colour-coded version (instructions included):

Hope you like it! :)

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

eTwinning publication

The new eTwinning publication about 25 successful projects is finally online. One of these projects is mine :) I'm so proud of it. The project was awarded with the European eTwinning Prize in the special category: Mevlana Prize for Intercultural Understanding in March 2013.
The publication is in Polish, but you can learn more about the project on its website:
http://onceuponatimeineurope.wikispaces.com/
You can also listen to me talking about the project on the Polish Radio:
http://www.thenews.pl/1/6/Artykul/131779,Polish-teachers-winning-at-eTwinning-

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Back2School

It's September again and it's time to start a new school year here in Poland. I've already had two working days, but it wasn't just reminding the students about assessment and behaviour rules and expectations. I was inspired by resources on teacherspayteachers.com and decided to revise the verb "to be" using my own  activity. I've created a set of 16 questions and answers with missing forms of the verb "to be". They're quite easy. I've printed them on coloured paper and laminated them. Each student was given one random question and one random answer. And the task was to move around the classroom asking the question and trying to find the answer. It didn't go so well at first, but my students were quite keen to mingle.
Here are my Q&A cards: