domingo, 29 de noviembre de 2015

How to be an innovate teacher

Join (and enjoy) the international trend in education: teaching, caring, innovating, creating, developing, growing in the XXI century. 

In "Aula de Adriana" we have been implicated from many years with:
  • The continuous renewal of resources and methodologies in the classroom
  • The real and innovative use of ICT in the classroom
  • The transversal work with other teachers and institutions
  • The teacher's training
  • The motivation as a key element in the classroom
  • The attention to diversity
  • The extension of the concept of assessment (knowledge, skills, etc.)
  • The evaluation of teaching practice for continuous improvement

Are you in? Welcome! J

miércoles, 25 de noviembre de 2015


This is the slogan for the United Nations' campaign against the gender violence. We've also mentioned in Geography class the different real (economical) benefits for the whole society of offering equal education and opportunities both to boys and girls. You can read it again in this post: "When a girl goes to school..."

lunes, 23 de noviembre de 2015

4º British: French performances

After two very interesting debates impersonating the characters of the "1789 French General Estates", here you have a zip file with your photos. Remember that you need a special password if you want to download it. 

Have a nice day!

miércoles, 18 de noviembre de 2015

3º British: Sustainable cities

Many people are working towards trying to make cities more sustainable. A sustainable city offers a good quality of life to current residents but doesn't reduce the opportunities for future residents to enjoy. Key features of a sustainable city:
  • Resources and services in the city are accessible to all
  • Public transport is seen as a viable alternative to cars
  • Public transport is safe and reliable
  • Walking and cycling is safe
  • Areas of open space are safe, accessible and enjoyable
  • Wherever possible, renewable resources are used instead of non-renewableresources
  • Waste is seen as a resource and is recycled wherever possible
  • New homes are energy efficient
  • There is access to affordable housing
  • Community links are strong and communities work together to deal with issues such as crime and security
  • Cultural and social amenities are accessible to all
  • Inward investment is made to the CBD

A sustainable city will grow at a sustainable rate and use resources in a sustainable  way. One good example is Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. It aims to do this by:

  • Ensuring a low carbon footprint during and after
  • Being completely powered by renewable energy.
  • Reducing waste to as near to zero as possible, through encouraging changes in behaviour and regulating materials which can be present in the city.
  • Leading research and education into sustainable technology.
  • Designing the city streets and buildings to help create comfortable environments reducing the need for air conditioning, heating, and artificial light.
  • Educating three quarters of the 40,000 residents with 5 hours of sustainability education  each year.
  • Leading research at its university to ensure the city retains its sustainable identification and leading knowledge in sustainable living.
  • Full pedestrianisation within the city, without vehicles in the space. The transport network would be below ground.

You can read the urban plann and watch more details in the video 1 and video 2 from Youtube (11 minutes each)

Would you like to live in a city like this? J

jueves, 12 de noviembre de 2015

1º British: Mettallica vettonica

After watching the photos of our visit to the Museum, here you have the links with the zip file: Class 1º BC and Class 1º DE. Remember that you need a special password if you want to download it. 

Have a nice day!

jueves, 5 de noviembre de 2015

4º British DEBATE: Liberty, Equality and Fraternity

We are living at the very beginning of the French Revolution. It is May, 1789. Your king, Louis XVI, has called the Estates Generals in order to approve a tax reform to solve the deficit crisis:

“His Majesty has decided to provide for an immediate convocation of the Estates General of his kingdom. His Majesty has not yet decided where the Estates General are to meet, but is able to announce to his subjects that their assembly is fixed for May 1st 1789 [...]”

The people that would attempt the meeting are:
  • A group of members of the Aristocracy and a group of members of the Clergy. Both groups worried about their priviledges
  • A group of members of the Third Estate, demanding a fair treatment and National Sovereignty. This group would include important thinkers and future revolutionary politicians (both girondins and jacobins), each one with their demands (Enlightment, Education, Equality, Abolition of Feudalism, etc.)

You have a two-part task:
First, prepare a small report that tells the King what is best for France and why (obviously, the idea of what is “best” is different depending on the group you are in!). Make sure that you justify your position with evidence. Remember, come to your decision based on facts, not emotion. 
Meanwhile, the King should prepare a draft of a possible tax reform, with different options. 
When finish (before 16 November), send those reports, send it as an attached file to You can also print it and bring to class for the debate (19 November).
Second: debate at class! Now you have your arguments and data prepared, you have to defend your point of view in class, and try to convince the King (that will be also the moderator) for legislating in your own side. At the end, the King MUST take a decission (Would him support the Priviledges or change his mind in favour of the Third State?).
All the members of the group MUST speak (minimun: two interventions each), giving rational and coherent, well-argumented answers. The use of appropiate vocabulary and historical backgrounds will be also kept in mind. You will have the full hour if needed, so take your time and do your best!
Resources you can use:

Alpha History (including the King’s call)
French Rev. Legacy (Fordham University)
French Rev. Digital Archive (Stanford University)

This work is mandatory and will be part of the score at the end of the term. If you fail to finish it or do it out of date, the mark will be a 0 for this work.

Go on! J

martes, 3 de noviembre de 2015

1º British: Gilgamesh, the first super-hero!

Gilgamesh has been called the world’s first superhero, who succeeds because of his great courage, intelligence, and strength, as well as help from the gods and immortals. Stories like his set the pattern for countless epics through the ages, including the heroic stories of today.

Let’s read one of his aventures... Gilgamesh and the Cedar Forest.

lunes, 2 de noviembre de 2015

3º British: And the winner is...

POPULAR ACTION! Congratulations to the winners and also to the other teams, because all of you completed really good performances. 

Now you can download the .zip file with your photos, both Class 3º BC and Class 3º DE. Remember to enter the password correctly to open them.

Have a nice day :-)