New learning adventure

Jun 23, 2010

School might be over, but certainly not for me. I have just embarked upon a new learning adventure at the American English Institute at the University of Oregon.

Together with 30 like-minded teachers from all over the world I'm taking part in a 10-week online training course "Building Teaching Skills Through The Interactive Web". We all have the same goal - to learn how to teach with tech.

Pub quiz

Jun 19, 2010




The teachers from my school recently discovered a fun way of hanging out and testing their knowledge at the same time. Last week we participated in The Ultimate Pub Quiz by Libris communications created by Peter Hopwood, a Brit living in Croatia. Pub quizzes are fairly new here, but they're becoming more and more popular. The prizes are absolutely awesome - a hot air balloon ride over Zagreb or rafting on the River Una. Peter is a fabulous quizmaster and the trivia questions reveal how much we (don't) know.

We knew
the name of Liverpool Airport
the names of three American states beginning with 'O'
and two American states that begin with 'North'
where the show Magnum is set
which of these (Vienna, Toronto and Brussels)(Rio, Prague, Marseilles) has the highest number of metro stations
when was Do they know is Christmas released
the name of the character played by Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop
who was the mayor of NYC in 2001
the names of the cities written on the Trotters' three-wheeled van
which FIFA World Cup tournament had the Naranjito mascot
the name of Alf's planet




We thought that
the name of the Italian Captain from Allo Allo was Bertollini,
the postman from Seinfeld was called Newton
Ivy's father from You Rang M'lord was Adam
but we were wrong.

To my husband's outright disbelief, we thought 40 teams qualified for the 2010 World Cup.



In the Phone a Friend round one minute was enough for my husband and sons to google what colour was Anna Karenina's bag when she threw herself under a train, and where ABBA started their 1977 tour.

We had no idea
what the capital of Ghana was
the name of the pub from Only Fools and Horses
Blackadder's first name
the name of the main child character from E.T.
we didn't put Robert De Niro's films (Showtime, Taxi Driver, Meet the Parents, Analyse This) in order from the oldest to the newest




and many many more...

They grow so fast

Jun 16, 2010

The exam coordinator from my older son's school phoned me this morning. Exam coordinators don't usually call home. I froze up. She said my son was one of the 39 top ten students in Croatia who scored 100% in their maths school leaving exam. She wanted to know if he could come to school and talk to the newspaper reporters!

My knees turned into jelly. I wanted to hug her! I wanted to hug my son too, but he's at the Adriatic, with a bunch of his classmates and has no intention whatsoever of cutting short his holidays for the sake of a newspaper article.

Gosh, I'm so proud of this (little) boy of mine....

Video listening quiz: Waka Waka This Time For Africa

Jun 13, 2010

A fast state of readiness

Jun 11, 2010




I have just noticed that I tend to put my computer on stand by rather than shut it down. Firstly, because I don't have time to exit all those open tabs and applications as I sit at my computer until I have to literally run off if I want to avoid being late to school.

Secondly, my computer is ready to take me back to where I left it in a jiffy.

Am I hooked on technology? I don't think so. It's all about relationships and learning, says Kevin Jarrett in his thought-provoking post.

How do you rate the morning sun?

Jun 7, 2010

Fancy a Robbie Williams ESL Video Listening quiz?

Pleasantly chaotic

Jun 3, 2010

What I like about Twitter is that it connects me with people who are on the same wave-length as me and who can't wait to let their imagination go wild with ideas, projects, activities, wikis.. and yes, skype chatting.

Eva and I tried to connect our classes via Skype several months ago, but for different reasons I wasn't able to use the computer lab at the arranged time. About a month later we gave it another try, but this time I managed to be at the right place at the wrong time (time zones have always given me a headache!).

But then came trecha srecha as we say in Croatian ('e' is pronounced as in pet), or the luck of the third adventure. On June 1, Brazil and Spain came to my classroom. Ana Maria , Guido and I successfully connected our classes via Skype.

It was a bit chaotic, but absolutely amazing for all the teachers and students.

Here you can read Ana Maria's post about the chat and watch the video she kindly recorded.
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