Saturday, July 20, 2024

Apollo 11 : 55 Years After Landing On The Moon !


credits: YouTube

July 20 marks the 55th anniversary of one of the most remarkable milestones in human history — the Apollo 11 mission. On this day in 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. 

  • History

"Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed.” “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” “Magnificent desolation.” 

Three phrases that recall humanity’s first landing on and exploration of the lunar surface. In July 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin completed humanity’s first landing on the Moon

Neil Amonstrong, Michael Collins, Edward Buzz Aldrin

They fulfilled the President John F. Kennedy’s national goal, set in May 1961, to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth before the end of the decade. 

Scientists began examining the first Moon rocks two days after the Apollo 11 splashdown while the astronauts began a three-week postflight quarantine.

However, more than half a century after the event, many people still doubt the authenticity of the first Moon landing. 

Let’s debunk five of the most popular myths surrounding this topic. Dive into the bizarre world of conspiracy theories!

Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag during an Apollo 11 moonwalk on July 20, 1969
credits NASA

  • 5 Myths

The Waving Flag; The Starless Sky; The Shadow Anomalies; The Lack of Impact Crater; The Belts of Dead.

For these 5 myths please go to the website Star Walks and read : Was the Moon Landing Fake ? Debunking 5 Common Myths.

credits: NASA


This July, in a series of special events, NASA is marking the 55th anniversary of the Apollo 11 - the historic effort that sent the first U.S. astronauts into orbit around the Moon in 1968, and landed a dozen astronauts on the lunar surface between 1969 and 1972.

  • NASA articles:

Invite your students to read the article and after have an open discussion about what they think.

Students can also explore NASA website articles: 55 Years Ago Apollo's One Small Step, One Giant Leap and 60 Years Ago: President Kennedy Proposes Moon Landing Goal in Speech to Congress to have an idea of the importance of this human event.

Fly yo the Moon
Greg Berlanti, 2024

However... talking about some myths and doubts, there is a recent film that could confuse us. A comedy-romance Fly Me To The Moon.

Starring Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum, Fly Me To The Moon is a sharp, stylish comedy-drama set against the high-stakes backdrop of NASA’s historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Brought in to fix NASA’s public image, sparks fly in all directions as marketing maven Kelly Jones (Johansson) wreaks havoc on launch director Cole Davis’s (Tatum) already difficult task. 

Fly yo the Moon
Greg Berlanti, 2024

When the White House deems d the countdown truly begin the mission too important to fail, Jones is directed to stage a fake moon landing as back-up ans…

How do you tell a fictional story about a fake moon landing with some real facts sprinkled in? 

Fly yo the Moon
Greg Berlanti, 2024

Well. when we are leaving the theater after Fly Me to the Moon we may have two questions: Was there really a PR maven hired to “sell” the moon to the American people? And did the U.S. government really stage a fake moonwalk in case the actual Apollo 11 mission didn’t go to plan? 

The film is not a documentary, but a 'parody' of conspiracy theorists and a romantic comedy.

Nifty casting and a playful approach to real-life events elevate this gentle romantic comedy, which entertains the audience with its intelligent dialog and strong-minded characters.

credits: NASA

  • Separating truth from fiction : What Gen Z-ers think? New York Times wrote yesterday : 

"Gen Z-ers were more likely to be unsure if it happened. A recent TikTok filter asking users to rank things on a scale of one to 10 based on how much they believe in themwith one being more likely and 10 being less likely, inspired multiple videos with people placing the moon landing below things like God, magic and ghosts. But a few popular videos doesn’t mean Gen-Zers are flocking to moon landing conspiracies en masse, as the survey shows."

And what think your students about? Invite them to go to the theater or if you are yet at school, go with your class and after discuss the film and the real facts with them. It will be very interesting to hear them, don't you think?!



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Monday, July 8, 2024

April in Review & a weekend break on the beach !


Mira, Portugal
via Google Images Archives

This weekend I took two days of holiday at Mira beach near Coimbra. A wonderful beach and a lovely Spa Hotel in front of the sea.

Mira is little village of fishermen and a very good fish, of course.

The hotel was so near of the beach that we had to cross the street and the beach was there!

Wonderful sunset! Little bistrots to take a fruit juice and have dinner with very fresh fish.

Mira lagoon with typic boats
via Google Images Archives

We had to cross the village to reach the sea. The lagoon with typical ancient fish boats is lovely surround by the traditional houses.

As I told you before the SPA hotel is in front of the sea. So we couldn't have a better place to stay.

If you visit my country, don't forget to visit this little village with a large beach just in front of you ! Just a bit windy this weekend.

I loved the sea, the beach and of course the SPA hotel with a SPA pool just on the roof of the hotel. Imagine the view! It was so beautiful !

Unfortunaly, the week was finish and we had to come back to my home city. 

Then, time to share with you the rundown of the most read posts in April.

Here are the most popular posts of April 2024 :

Well, it's school out almost all over the world. We are in July. Only students and teachers with exams continue to work. 

Hope all of you are doing well to finally have your holiday time!

Meanwhile I wish all my usual readers wellbeing and some time to relax on a weekend as I did.

I will be back posting some ideas and educational resources very soon.


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Monday, June 24, 2024

March in Review & World Day Against Child Labour !


World Day Against Child Labour

World Day Against Child Labour is observed annually on June 12. Its purpose is to energize the growing global effort to eliminate child labour.

This year's World Day will focus on celebrating the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention (1999, No. 182). 

Although significant strides have been taken in reducing child labour over time, recent years have seen global trends reverse, underscoring the pressing need to unite efforts in expediting actions to eradicate child labour in all its manifestations.

With the adoption of Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7, the international community made a commitment to the elimination of child labour in all its forms by 2025

  • Theme 2024

Let's act on our commitments: End Child Labour !

  • Did you know?

While much progress has been made in reducing child labour over the years, recent years have seen global trends reverse, and, now more than ever it is important to join forces to accelerate action towards ending child labour in all its forms. 

The Africa and the Asia and the Pacific regions together account for almost nine out of every ten children in child labour worldwide. 


Children should grow up in environments that promote their health and development. They should not be compelled to engage in manual labour for survival, as this exposes them to physical and emotional harm. Unfortunately, child labour and abuse remain widespread in many impoverished nations.

Teachers have a crucial role on the alert of poverty or child labour and abuse among their students.

Numerous resources can be included into school curricula to inform, inspire and motivate students of all ages, from primary school to high-school, to get involved on a subject so terrible: child labour and child abuse.


As part of the Supporting Children's Rights through Education, the Arts and the Media (SCREAM) Program implemented by the ILO to combat child labour, students from British Culture College who are conducting awareness-raising activities composed a song and recorded it in the studio.


You will find an interesting number of Activities on my publication in 2018 to develop with your students inviting them to support the worldwide movement against child labour.

Other resources:

Campaign material on the website ILO

Time to share with you the rundown of the most read posts in March.

Here are the most popular posts of March 2024 :

Let's talk about World Theatre Day ! Art is Peace ! Resources & Activities

Education : Best of 2023 : Semester #1

Well, I will be back posting some ideas and educational resources very soon.


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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

January & February in Review & EURO 2024 : Resources & Activities


opening ceremony 
credit: REUTERS

The UEFA European Championship is one of the world's biggest sporting events, although the competition's genesis was more difficult than might be expected.

Championships for national associations had already begun in other continents by the time the idea of a European competition for national teams began to reach fruition in the 1950s

Last 14 June 2024, the celebration of 70 years of European football! UEFA was founded on that day in 1954! Bravo !

Germany is hosting EURO 2024 having been chosen to stage the 17th edition of UEFA European Championship at a UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Nyon on 2018.

This is the first time Germany has staged the UEFA European Championship since nreunification

opening ceremony 

Albärt, EURO 2024 mascot

At the time that UEFA was born, in 1954, the impetus for a European Championship was coming from the distinguished French sports newspaper L'Equipe, which proposed a competition with home-and-away matches to be played in midweek in the evening.

Hosts Germany is welcoming 23 other contenders to the UEFA EURO 2024 finals

Activities for teachers & students:

Many students are writing about the enthusiasm on football EURO 2024 and the teams of their countries since EURO 2024 began.

Well, as extra and funny hobby, between tests and exams, teachers can do some funny learning activities about Europe and a popular sport as football.

Young people might enjoy learning about the countries taking part in EURO 2024, particularly Germany watching the video UEFA TV and the 10 German host cities, which are hosting the tournaments. 

Invite students to find each of the 21 countries' flag and then locate the competing nations on a map of Europe

Which teams will have to travel furthest from home to play in the competition?

Cristiano Ronaldo is the EURO finals' top scorer
credits: Paulo Novais
via Google Images Archive

The great inspirational playersCristiano Ronaldo is the EURO finals' top scorer! Wow! 

Exploring Who are the competition's top scorers, and oldest and youngest performers? Find out here.

And what about a 'Code of Conduct'? If kids and teens were invited to give the national squad a list of rules to follow, what would it be?

Ok. So it's time to end the EURO 2024 and begin the rundown of the most read posts in January& February.

Here are the most popular posts of January & February 2024 :

Teachers and students are finishing 2023-2024 school year in most part of European countries. 

Time of exams ! Students who are ending high-school studies prepare to enter in the university.

High schools and universities continue the high schools year. Exams time!

Well, I will back posting some ideas and educational resources very soon.


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