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Universal Children’s Day











United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.
November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights.
Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.
Universal Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children

 (www.un.org)


Another happily creating and learning day with the 1st graders!
Sometimes it’s so intriguing to let them choose what and how to paint and make their own poster(!)
Just step back and listen to the stories they create, how the elephant family met the gorilla family, had a quarrel with the naughty monkey and finally became friends with the wise (!) parrots. They promised to finish the story next week. I can’t wait !


Bonfire Night


Bonfire Night is celebrated all over the UK.

Every year on 5th November, the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes is remembered.



Throughout England, towns and villages light huge bonfires,
let off magnificent fireworks,burn an effigy (a homemade model of a man, like a scarecrow) and celebrate the fact the Parliament and James I were not blown sky high by Guy Fawkes.

Traditional Bonfire Night Food
As well as burning effigy of Guy Fawkes, the bonfires are used to cook potatoes wrapped in foil and to heat up soup for the crowds that come to watch the fireworks.

The traditional cake eaten on bonfire night is Parkin Cake, a sticky cake containing a mix of oatmeal, ginger, treacle and syrup.

Other foods include sausages cooked over the flames and marshmallows toasted in the fire.

Firework Displays
In main town and cities, torch-lit processions are also popular on this night too. The procession leads to where the bonfire and firework displays are.




A lapbook about our culture


We just finished our lapbook about our culture .we have been working for an Etwinning project since last school year. We are very proud of developing such projects and our being part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.






     




Movies about school and education

One of the biggest challenges of teaching in an EFL classroom, is getting students to use English. An activity to encourage English speaking, is watching a movie and comment all about it. Here is some food for thought and discussion.
“The chorus” / “Les choristes” - [2004]

It is a 2004 German-Swiss-French 
drama film directed by Christophe Barratier

“Le maître qui laissait les enfants rêver” [2006]
A great film about Celestin Freinet ‘s life and pedagogy.

“Dead Poets Society” [1989]
 It is a 1989 American drama film directed by Peter Weir, written by Tom Schulman, and starring Robin Williams. Set in 1959 at the fictional elite conservative Vermont boarding school Welton Academy, it tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry.
The film received critical acclaim and was a box office success. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and César Award and David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film. Schulman received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work.

“The class” / “Entre le murs” [2008]
It is a 2008 French drama film directed by Laurent Cantet, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by François Bégaudeau. The novel is a semi-autobiographical account of Bégaudeau's experiences as a French language and literature teacher in a middle school in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, particularly illuminating his struggles with "problem children": Esmerelda (Esmeralda Ouertani), Khoumba (Rachel Regulier), and Souleymane (Franck Keïta). The film stars Bégaudeau himself in the role of the teacher.

Good Will Hunting
It is a 1997 American drama film, directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and Damon (and with Damon in the title role), the film follows 20-year-old South Boston laborer Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius who, as part of a deferred prosecution agreement after assaulting a police officer, becomes a client of a therapist and studies advanced mathematics with a renowned professor. Through his therapy sessions, Will re-evaluates his relationships with his best friend, his girlfriend and himself, facing the significant task of confronting his past and thinking about his future.



On the occasion of the European Day of Languages, which is celebrated each year on 26 September,
Eurostat publishes some interesting information and data visualisation
on language learning & language skills in the European Union.

Art in class

Classes of the past
Compare and contrast :
What is/isn’t  there in the classrooms? Is there any special equipment?
Describe the pupils and the teachers
What about their appearance? Do they wear a uniform?
How do they look like?
How do you think they feel (sad, happy, excited, bored)?

Jan 
STEEN, Ο σχολάρχης1663-65


Σχολική εξέταση Albert Anker 1862

Philip MERCIER,
Σχολείο για κορίτσια
1738
Το κρυφό σχολειό – Γύζης 1885
Ο δάσκαλος – Jan Steen 1668
Στο σχολείο του χωριού – Vladimir Makovsky 1883
Διανοητική αριθμητική. Στο Δημοτικό Σχολείο του S.Rachinsky Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky 1895

Η σχολή των ΑΘηνών -Raphael, 1510-1511

Classroom rules




1. No gum
2. Be a good friend
3. Control bodily functions
4. Always follow directions and listen to the teacher
5. No teasing or bullying others
6. Don’t waste time when you leave the room
7. Keep your hands to yourself
8. Respect other learners by not disrupting
9. Supportive when working in groups
10. Leave toys at home
11. Keep cellphones turned off in backpacks
12. Ask for help when you need it
13. Keep your area clean

First day back to school we can use this video to introduce this set of class rules to our students.
We can discuss with the students which of these rules they believe are the most important for our class.
We can add some of our own.
Here's an awesome interactive video quiz for this video .... credits to Peter Laszlo Pergunta .

Drawing in my EFL classroom

As a foreign language teacher, I always use drawing to help students  learn the language. Students love drawing and it is a very motivating tool that I enjoy using every day.
I have most of my students draw pictures in their notebooks beside newly acquired vocabulary.



 I also have them do so on their worksheets, copybooks etc

When children “draw”, I can see them concentrate and relax at the same time.
The mind opens up and language can “pour” in. It really can. 
I assume my children are highly creative (they are!) and I treat them as such.

And even if I don’t feel creative one day, you know the saying—“Fake it till you make it.”


Connection is the key.