Learning from your failures -B2 (CEFR) – 75′

This lesson is based on Brené Brown's TED "Listening to shame" and her book "Daring Greatly" and Ted Roosevelt's quote that triggered the whole thing: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The … Continue reading Learning from your failures -B2 (CEFR) – 75′

Leaving your fears behind – B2 (CEFR) – 75′

This and the next lesson are based on Karen Walker's TED "What fear can teach us", Brené Brown's TED "Listening to shame" and her book "Daring Greatly". It is here to talk about our fears and failures and how we can not only overcome them but also learn from them.  Material: Video: https://www.ted.com/talks/karen_thompson_walker_what_fear_can_teach_us Slide: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1seDzL4C5q5mj5u7N7usqH90-0xQN-IjBZVHXEZqDBrw/edit?usp=sharingContinue reading Leaving your fears behind – B2 (CEFR) – 75′

Using critical thinking to make decisions -B2 (CEFR) – 75′

How often do you use critical thinking to make decisions on a daily basis? This lesson was planned for those B2 (CEFR) students who have a lot of decisions to make in a very short time. Material: Video: https://www.ted.com/talks/samantha_agoos_5_tips_to_improve_your_critical_thinking Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1g_m9q54bepoS5kfyx2j-a8EZIZOoE_h-sUVP5apVMig/edit?usp=sharing Lesson plan: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1lIOHOpwYt6xO_Qk41GPbVJKkuNVmhj0Au6uCTxDxcWA/edit?usp=sharing  

Time Management – B2 (CEFR) – 75′

Finally back! This lesson was specially designed to help B2 (CEFR) students to organize their time (days and to-do lists) in a better way.  Material used: Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxpVGCA1llY  A couple shows different approaches on how to organize their time and their to-do lists. Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1KcG3xl4fKWdXRiLCchVIu7osgu6vBQAAI5a47GL5X0Y/edit?usp=sharing  Lesson plan: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vqnMJ1V6N8Mw_XGlRc2slxfD0e9qQjGoC1XCsbQKqJ0/edit?usp=sharing    

Finding faster solutions through design sprints – 75′

This is a second lesson (B2 CEFR) with more hands-on experience. Students are going to run a design sprint (adapted from "Design Sprints" by Jake Knapp) in order to find faster solutions to their daily problems. This way it becomes a more meaningful lesson and students have fun with the post-its (colourful sticky papers).  Lesson … Continue reading Finding faster solutions through design sprints – 75′

Building Solutions through design sprints – 90′

This lesson was planned for B2 (CEFR) students with the intent of being a modern input and also to provide a realistic and meaningful discussion about one of the things that have been gaining a lot of spotlights these days: 'design sprints'. It is adapted from the book "Design Sprints" by Jake Knapp.  All the … Continue reading Building Solutions through design sprints – 90′

Powerful women and their greatest achievements C1 (CEFR) 75′

This lesson is for all of us, in the ELT world, trying to make it through with teaching. For quite a while now, I haven't been teaching English (only), I have also been teaching culture, rights (and wrongs) and I (hopefully) make my students use their critical thinking in order to create projects to transform … Continue reading Powerful women and their greatest achievements C1 (CEFR) 75′

Carnival and its true colours – B2 (CEFR) – 75′

This lesson was planned in order to raise students' awareness of the trash that is left behind during carnival 'bloquinhos'.  The article is from The Rio Times: https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-entertainment/carnival/tons-trash-collected-from-streets-as-carnival-celebrations-start-in-rio/ which students are going to have access to by using a QR code - slide 4. Google Slides for this lesson: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1P5-cXRUKS9ToHMS3LgwYdJ65Y35ooCLRoD0OoMbigvU/edit?usp=sharing The lesson plan also from slides: … Continue reading Carnival and its true colours – B2 (CEFR) – 75′

Describing Clothes, directly from the Oscars 2019 (A1 CEFR) – 75

This is another lesson, Oscars related, however this time for A1 (CEFR) Basic 1 students. Materials used: Websites: https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/oscars-fashion-red-carpet-2019/index.html  Lesson: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1T0T344eEo3AIVwBcodcK3EEWBi_AVW5JfrClbRPdJ5Y/edit?usp=sharing  Lesson Plan: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ihJTil_IuO1iqw32jA59Tz5X_WujQpZkzGvqfqMLB_E/edit?usp=sharing  

The star of the Oscars (B2 CEFR) – 75′

Ah! The Oscars always take my breath in different ways. This time it was the great and loving performance of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.  (Highlight on the performance). I have also added a lesson plan, instead of describing the steps on the blog. This way the teacher can use and download (or print) both. Have … Continue reading The star of the Oscars (B2 CEFR) – 75′