This blog is aimed at professionals who seek professional excellence and are tireless in learning more and more... Here you will find classroom management tips, teacher development issues and a myriad of class games and activities to enhance your lesson plan. Many thanks for your visit!!

segunda-feira, 12 de março de 2018

Can you recognize Thesaurus Syndrome?

If you came across the paragraph below. What would you think of it?

When I went to the meeting, I took the leaflets that my team had prepared because I wanted to show my colleagues which flyers our team wanted to use. We had worked hard to produce pamphlets because we were aware that another organisation had used brochures very successfully. My colleagues agreed at the meeting that the booklets that my team had prepared were appropriate for our customers.

Well, we can observe that although this writer can get his ideas across, he fails in choosing the right words, in other words, Thesaurus Syndrome.

Before using ‘thesaurus words’:
– Find a sample sentence that uses the word. Compare it with your phrase/sentence. Is your usage appropriate?
– If you see a list of words in a thesaurus, pick the one with which you’re familiar… at least you can’t go wrong!
– The best way of expanding your vocabulary is by reading. I don’t just mean Nobel Prize winning novels, Shakespeare and 18th century poetry. A scathing film review can offer as much in terms of new vocab and interesting turns of phrase. 

To conclude this post I will quote Stephen King: “Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.”  

That's food for thought, isn't it?

quinta-feira, 21 de dezembro de 2017

Vacation time! Why not trying Quiz Your English app 😄

Vacations for teachers in Brazil have arrived. Despite of the break, teachers are always seeking ways to deepen their knowledge. If that is the case for you, I highly recommend Quiz Your English app. I will describe below some features of the game...really worth having a try! 😍

Key features:

  • Go head-to-head quizzing your English language skills.
  • Compete with other players from around the world and challenge your friends through social media.
  • Battle it out over a range of general English topics and grammar, or brush up ready for your test by selecting an exam-specific topic.
  • You achieve medals to mark the development of your skills and performance.
  • Play for free
  • Content developed by Cambridge Assessment English, the producer of IELTS.
Exam level: Cambridge English: First, First for Schools and IELTS 4.0–6.5
CEFR level: B1–B2
Skills practised: Vocabulary and grammar 

domingo, 12 de novembro de 2017

Great apps to study on your own!

Hi guys!
I highly recommend these two apps for teachers and students who study by their own. One is a prepatory for TOEFL. The other is highly engaging because you can practice your grammar while competing against people all over the world! Very fun!!

quarta-feira, 8 de novembro de 2017

Top 12 TED Talks for teachers

In Brazil, we are now getting close to the end of classes (about 1 month to go). Hence, I believe it is time we watched some awesome videos that are very inspirational in the sense of showing our real value as teachers and educators. Enchant your students, you can really change their lives for good.
Follow the link for this top 12 videos:


segunda-feira, 6 de novembro de 2017

Parent meeting: questions any teacher must be ready to answer.

Hi friends,
Every time there is a parent meeting, teachers may get anxious about the questions. But what we need to have in mind is that parents are not educators and they usually come up with questions that are superficial and not benefitial for the learning process at all.
So why not preparing a meeting, answering all the questions suggested below. You will show your work and parents will feel confident about you.


  1.     What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?
  2.     How will you respond if or when my child struggles in class?
  3.     What are the most important and complex (content-related) ideas my child needs to understand by the end of the year?
  4.     Do you focus on strengths or weaknesses?
  5.     How are creativity and innovative thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
  6.     How is critical thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
  7.     How are assessments designed to promote learning rather than simple measurement?
  8.     What can I do to support literacy in my home?
  9.     What kinds of questions do you suggest that I ask my children on a daily basis about your class?
  10.     How exactly is learning personalized in your classroom? In the school?
  11.     How do you measure academic progress?
  12.     What are the most common instructional or literacy strategies you will use this year?
  13.     What learning models do you use (e.g., project-based learning, mobile learning, game-based learning, etc.), and what do you see as the primary benefits of that approach?
  14.     What are the best school or district resources that we should consider using as a family to support our child in the classroom?
  15.     Is there technology you'd recommend that can help support my child in self-directed learning?
  16.     What are the most common barriers you see to academic progress in your classroom?
  17.     How is education changing?
  18.     How do you see the role of the teacher in the learning process?
  19.     What am I not asking but should be?

sábado, 4 de novembro de 2017

Activity: pair up your students using homophones

This week I used an activity that worked wonders. I gave each student a slip of paper with a word and they had to find their homophone match. Needless to say that by the end of the activity (5 minutes) they had already raised awareness of the right pronunciation.
Below I suggest a link with the 25 most common homophones in English

quinta-feira, 2 de novembro de 2017

Practice your listening with movies! I have some suggestions

 Do you want to practice you English in a more contextualized setting, using real language. Check this ones out. I highly recommend




Hope you can benefit from it!