The Jungle Book

This year my end of year show with 6º Primary was "The Jungle Book". It was an interesting story to do because it's been portrayed in several different formats both for the stage and the big screen. Obviously, the students were most familiar with Disney movies, which gave them a good understanding of the story. As they are somewhat different to Rudyard Kipling's original books, it was a good opportunity to share with them parts of the book, and learn more about the characters and the underlying themes and metaphors.
One of the biggest challenges was finding parts for all 63 students, but from reading the original Jungle Book stories I was able to incorporate more animals and characters into the show.

 The stage design was an enjoyable part of the show, as being set in the Indian Jungle, there seemed to be so many ideas and possibilities to decorate the stage.

At the end of the 3rd term, they performed the show twice, to the rest of primary and then to their families. They were a success and the students certainly enjoyed their moment in the spotlight! 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

This year one of my most ambitious projects was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" with my 4º Primary class. It is the first time that I attempted to do a show like this with such a young group. Previously, I had only put on show with 5º and 6º Primaria, and there is definitely a big difference from one year group to another in terms of maturity, reading ability and their level of English.
However, it was a group of students that I've known since Infants and I was confident we could pull it off.
In September, I introduced them to the script and its format, and we slowly started picking it apart. Once we were familiar with the story and the language, we quickly organised who would play each part, and took it to the stage.

One of the most difficult things for them to learn is the stage movement; the entrances and exits, positioning their bodies correctly to face the audience, and their movements whilst on stage. I was impressed by how quickly they all learnt their lines, which made rehearsals much more effective, and I was able to slowly help them improve the fluidity of the show.

When they finally performed it for their peers and families they were bursting with confidence, and they did a really great job. 

Daily Routine Part 8: Spring 2

To finish the last school term I only made a few changes to the Daily Routine. Most importantly, I added audio files to some of the slides. Although I didn't use them with my students as much as I though, I think they will serve to be much more useful with my students next year, when I will start using the Daily Routine from the start.

The vocabulary topics that I used in this last Daily Routine are food, using the fantasic songs from Super Simple Songs "Do you like...?" My students love these videos, and as well as learning lots of food vocabulary, they love responding to the questions with "Yes, I do" or "No, I don't". It's a great way to introduce even more vocabulary to them by asking them questions like, "Do you like school?" or "Do you like football?".

Google Slides: How to add audio

Uno de los novedades de Google for Education este año es la posibilidad de poder añadir archivos de audio a nuestros Presentaciones de Google. Para mí, puede resultar muy útil, porque así puedo grabar diferentes frases o vocabulario en inglés y añadirlos a mis presentaciones interactivos.
He creado un video de tutorial de como añadir los archivos de audio a los Presentaciones:

¡Espero que os sirve!


Finally back home in Asturias I'm exhausted, but with a refreshed motivation to keep learning and to continue helping other teachers. After an intense weekend at #GEGValencia2019 my head is full of ideas pinging back and forth... ways to innovate, methods to improve my classes, and techniques to help my students and fellow teachers.
Los Tres Technores
 "Generosity + Talent = an enormous injection of enthusiasm that will help to revitalise methodologies and, consequently, improve teaching" @FlemusASI
It was a great opportunity to connect with like-minded educators from all parts of Spain and share our knowledge of the seemingly endless resources that Google for Education has to offer. I learnt several new tricks about apps I thought I knew perfectly and discovered a handful of apps and add-ons that I didn't even know existed.

Gonzalo Romero
Responsable Google for Education, Spain
The highlights of the event for me was the Fake News Breakout, the WeVideo workshop with Jaume Feliu and my Spark Camp, despite being completely different to what I had planned. 
The Fake News Breakout was exceptionally well put together and offered a fantastic variety of activities that were both entertaining and challenging. 
The WeVideo workshop was a great opportunity to see how students can work together to make videos and I was able to get an idea of the different ways it could be used. I'm already familiar with Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects, but WeVideo is a student-friendly tool that has an enormous scope for the students to learn and expose their creativity.
My Spark Camp proposal of "Theatre in English" wasn't as popular as I had hoped but I did get the opportunity to share some ideas and resources with some teachers that were interested in using theatre in their schools. It was a pleasure to be able to share my knowledge and experience in this subject, and hopefully it will have been of some benefit.

WeVideo workshop with Jaume Feliu

Despite our tiredness, the 8 hour journey home resulted in an extensive brainstorming session of the ideas that we could start working on... #GEGValencia2019 was a reminder to myself of why I love being a teacher!

Vector Portraits with Photoshop

I had never used Photoshop before, but since I've had it I've used it for so many different projects. I've used it to adjust photos, make posters for my show and most recently I've been experimenting with vector portraits.
I found this video on YouTube, and by following the simple instructions I was able to make my own vector portrait. 

And from there I decided to make portraits in the same style for my colleagues Usmel and Adri...



Art Mural Time-Lapse

One of the things I enjoy doing is creating Videos. Over the last few years I've created several different videos, both personally and professionally for my school. My most recent project was a Time-Lapse video that I was asked to do for my school.
During the celebration of STEAM week (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), the Art department and students from 3º & 4º ESO and 1º Bachillerato created a mural dedicated to the Women in Science. 
The mural was created over 3 days and completed in 10 hours, which I filmed from a fixed point. Then using Adobe Premiere, I edited the footage and condensed down to 2 minutes, 30 seconds.
Here is the result:

Credits for the music used in the video are Moby - "In My Heart"

Moby has created some beautiful tracks, great for using with videos as backing tracks, and he offers his extensive catalogue of music to independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short here:

Daily Routine Part 7: Spring

Just before the really long second term ended we welcomed in Spring, so I updated the style of the Daily Routine accordingly.

I also decided to make things a little more difficult for them as well by introducing more shapes on the multiple choice screens. This way they can practice using different vocabulary.

For example, in the screen above they can choose where the Daily Routine goes by selecting: 1, 2 or 3... blue green or pink... or triangle, rectangle or star.
In this Daily Routine we looked at shapes with a fun song by Barefoot Books and the phonic P.

How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

This school year I had the chance to teach Drama to a 2ºESO group, which was a new challenge for me. Previously, I had only taught Primary classes, and I usually stuck to more classic stories. However, with this group they were happy to try something different, so we began working on "How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse".

The show is a parody comedy and is something my students had never done before. I had worked with them 2 years before on Peter Pan, but this show required much more practice and rehearsals to get the timing of the comedy right.

One of the interesting things with the show was the set. Making a post-apocalyptic stage design ending up being less difficult than I originally expected. Using old stuff that I managed to find around the school, and some Police tape from Amazon, we created a fairly convincing scene.

The students found the script challenging in parts but little by little, as they began to understand the dynamic of each scene they were able to bring it altogether into a fantastic show, which I think they really enjoyed.

Stone Soup // Sopa de Piedras

Last week at school I was asked to present a show for our infant students as part of our Día de los Idiomas, Languages Day. Apart from English and Spanish being the primary languages in our school, students also have the opportunity to learn French, German and Chinese. Therefore, every year we celebrate Languages Day, with the objective of demonstrating our students´ability to use each language.
Stone Soup
This year, I decided to adapt an old folk story, Stone Soup, into a bilingual version. The story follows two Americans, walking El Camino de Santiago, when they stop in a small village in Asturias. The Americans speak to some of the villagers in English, and they translate what is said to the other villagers in Spanish, therefore telling the story in both languages at the same time.
You can see a copy of the script by clicking here or on the image above.

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