With Núria, your art teacher, you are working on Escher paintings, aren’t you? So you must be familiar with Escher’s stairs, which seem to take you nowhere. Imaginary buildings where people go up and down aimlessly.
Last week, we went on a school tour. As people in Escher’s paintings we went up and down endless stairs. The central stairway in our school is really beautiful, isn’t it? You had also the chance to go even further, all the way to the tower. The reward for so much exercise was a nice view from the top, wasn’t it? How many steps did you count?
In our school there is a lift. It was built a few years ago to be used by disabled people, for instance, people in wheel chairs or people with a broken a leg who have to use crutches We also have some ramps, to facilitate access to classrooms
Most students and teachers use the stairs. Going up the stairs keeps you fit and it is good for your health. If you could use a lift or an escalator, would you go up the stairs? Most of us probably wouldn’t.
Next week we shall go on a city walk. You will observe Palma with new eyes.
- Is our city adapted for disabled people?
- Are there lots of stairs?
- Are there ramps to facilitate access to people with disabilities?
Can we change our habits by looking at things from a different perspective?
Stockholm, a beautiful city with a modern underground system they did an experiment to encourage people going up the stairs instead of choosing the escalator.
Can we change our habits by making them fun? What the video an write a comment on your notebook
on Monday we’ll go on a walk in the city and one of your tasks will be to find ways to improve city life.
What do you think of this idea? Do you believe the theory of fun might work?
In post 1.en.8. you had the chance to hunt or not to hunt a bear. Now it is time to check whether you can pronounce the word bear correctly.
Some words are difficult to pronounce. Can you tell the difference in meaning and pronunciation of the following words?
Bear, Bird, Beer, Beard
Watching this video will help you pronounce these words correctly.
Look at this image and give it a try. Read what is written under the drawings.
If you ever have any doubts, use a good online dictionary such as dictionary.com
You will find the phonemic transcription and you will also be able to actually listen to the word.
October is drawing to an end. We have been together for more than one month so, by now, class routines should be well established.
All over the world, students and teachers face lessons with similar routines. Whether using latest generation laptops or old notebooks, routines are repeated actions which take place in most classes. Watch this video and spot similarities and differences between our classroom routines and the ones in this African school.
Say whether the following statements are true or false. Explain the differences.
- In both schools there are greetings at the beginning of the lesson
- In both schools a student takes the lead and focus classmates attention on the day’s task
- In both schools there’s some time left at the end of the lesson to reflect on learning
Can you contribute with any other findings:
- classroom equipment
Do you remember where to look at a summary of class routines? Check the top bar, in the section devoted to English.
Now, let’s do this self assessment test. It will help you improve your class note taking routines
Yes/No/ Need to improve
- Do I use punched holes sheets?
- Do I write the date and the session every time I have a lesson?
- Do I have separate sections for DAILY SUMMARIES/ VOCABULARY/ CLASS NOTES?
- Do I write a title for every activity? e.g., Description of my house
- Do I use clear references (title, date and number of post) when your notes are related to a Bla,bla, bla post?
- Do I number pages?
- Is my handwriting legible ?
- Do I leave margins?
- Is my notebook neat and organised?
- Do I have a plastic folder to keep handouts?