Thursday, September 19, 2013

August roundown of the most-read posts

Credits: © GSouto
Sunset on Atlantic Ocean at Porto

I know I know! Your saying August roundown of the most-read posts on September 19? Ok! You know I can explain!

First week of September, i was enjoying my summer holiday in Paris. It has been wonderful! Walking on the streets of Paris, all along the 'quais' de la Seine, traversing the beautiful bridgesvisiting Musée d'Orsay, Petit Palais Museum, Centre Pompidou, some monuments, the Bagatelles parc, attending two concerts. Oh! So nice. I had an incredible time!

Back home, I had the time to write just one post about MEDEA Awards before travelling again for two days.

This time, on work! I went to Lisbon to attend the Great Lisbon Conference on Games and TEL. Later, I will write my impressions about the conference.

But now, let's doing about August roundown. This is the five posts in my Summer Learning School Series of August. These are some posts with resources, tips and tools for you to try something  new or something you can take to your classroom now that we're all back to school. 

I added seven posts, on different subjects in August. Here my list of the 5 most-read of the month - presented in most reading order - together with a quote or two.

My frequent readers know that I write in three different languages: English, Français and Português.

And I am glad to see that the most-read post of August is Musique au collège: Debussy & Google doodle (en français). If you are my regular reader you know I am pledging for Music as a serious curriculum in shool education.

Google Doodle Debussy

Je ne pourrais pas perdre ça! Google Doodle rend hommage à Claude Debussy! Aujourd'hui, 22 août 2013, le compositeur français fait l'objet d'un Doodle mondial de la part de Google.

En effet, la célébration du 151ème anniversaire de la naissance de Claude Debussyest marquée par une animation sur la page d’accueil du géant de la recherche.

La Musique a toujours occupé une place particulière sur mon blog et dans mes cours de Langues. Selon moi, l'enseignement de la musique doit faire partie d'une éducation intégrale de tous les enfants, dès les premières années.

Apporter des connaissances sur la musique, développer des compétences pour écouter et produire la musique, doivent former les deux axes pédagogiques majeurs de l’éducation musicale dans l’enseignement scolaire. 

On connait bien ses bénéfices! La concentration, coordination, mémoire, auto-estime, joie, entre autres.

Pour l'instant, je vous propose juste de faire une belle motivation en introduisant le Doodle interatif 'free' dédié à Debussy dans l'une de vos leçons.

Disciplines: Langues; Musique; Arts (l'interdisciplinarité est bien venue)

Outils: Tablettes tactiles, smartphones, iphones.

La rentrée 2013. Allez! On y est depuis le 3 Septembre. Beaucoup de nouvelles réformes.

Ma pensée va aux 'nouveaux' jeunes enseignants! C'est tellement dur les premiers jours de cours! Et sans formation! Les rythmes,  les élèves - oh! ils ont le flair quand ils regardent les professeurs 'nouveaux' - et l'année sera difficile! Faut pas dire non.

Heureusement, il y a toujours des profs plus expérimentés qui vous soutiendront! N'hésitez pas d'appeler 'au secours' quand vous vous sentez paniquer!

Vacances, rythme scolaire, matières, évaluations... qu'est-ce qui va changer cette nouvelle année?

Certaines réformes seront mises en place, à commencer par celle des rythmes scolaires. 

Un meilleur accompagnement des jeunes professeurs

Ah! Voilà! On pense aux jeunes enseignants! La formation

Tout le monde sait que l'une des grosses difficultés des jeunes enseignants ces dernières années, c'était le manque de formation. Ils ne bénéficiaient plus d’une formation à la gestion d’une classe, et étaient catapultés directement dans les salles de cours, souvent dans des zones sensibles. 

Des écoles supérieures du professorat et de l’éducation (ESPE) seront créées dès la rentrée.  

Les professeurs y feront une formation pratique pour apprendre à enseigner, transmettre leur savoir, gérer mieux une classe agitée, savoir introduire les technologies. Pas si faciles que ça bien qu'ils appartiennent déjà tous à l'ère du numérique.

"In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they’ve never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy. What is it like to be a child in these new education superpowers?"

Parents and Teachers:The Smartest Kids in the World. Amanda Ripley's new book is on sale since August 13, 2013. It chronicles life inside the world's new education superpowers.

In the new book, The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way, the journalist for Time and The Atlantic magazines, and author Amanda Ripley sets the scene for what is turning out to be battle for the soul of US Education.

Using PISA 2009 results as the backbone of her story, Ripley sets out to find out why it is that American students are falling behind their contemporaries in countries that aren’t as wealthy or innovative as the United States.

“PISA could not tell me how those countries got so smart, or what life was like for kids in those countries, day in and day out, compared to life in America,” 

Amanda Ripley's book 

Credits video: Amanda Ripley's website 

So, she followed three Americans embedded in these countries for one year. Kim, 15-year-old, moving from Oklahoma to Finland; Eric, 18-year-old, exchanging a high-achieving Minnesota suburb for a booming city in South Korea for a year; and Tom, 17, leaving a historic Pennsylvania village for a gritty city in Poland

According to Amanda Ripley, parents have a critical role to play - but not always in the way we think. Effective parents "let their children make mistakes and then get right back to work. They teach them good habits and give them autonomy," 

Perseid 2012
David Harpe, Boulder USA

"We have found that one meteor shower produces more fireballs than any other," (...) "It's the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks on August 12th and 13th."

Bill Cooke, NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office 

Catching the Falling Stars: Science curriculum. According to NASA research, the upcoming Perseid meteor shower produces more fireballs — bright meteors that streak across the sky — than any other annual shower, earning it the title of "fireball".

Of course, you must keep the idea of the beauty and the pedagogical watching of this marvelous summer falling stars shower.


Most of us were on vacation. But students could watch this exciting event of the summer with family or in campus summer.

Back to school, i you are a Sciences teacher you can do amazing lessons displaying this video or other to explain the Perseid show.

"The Perseid are the highlight of the astronomical calendar and a must see! They are ideal for those who want to see a meteor/ shooting star for the first time.

"Every child needs nature. Not just the ones with parents who appreciate nature. Not only those of a certain economic class or culture or gender or sexual identity or set of abilities. Every child."
Richard Louv

Education: Time for Vitamine 'N'. It is not the first time I write about the importance of Nature in Education. Children's Day: let's go outdoor; Environmental Education and outdoorWorld Environmental Day in School EducationIberian wolf as environmental education; are some of the publications on my blog. My regular readers know well.

So The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv could be interesting for parents and for teachers, of course if they are new for you.


Research suggests that exposure to the natural world – including nearby nature in cities – helps improve human health, well-being, and intellectual capacity in ways that science is only recently beginning to understand.

What do we know about how human beings, particularly children and young people are affected by the absence of nature’s intrinsic benefits? 

And teachers! Believe it! Nature is also good for stimulating creativity. Research shows that children play more creatively in free, outside space and will be more creative in school activities.

Well, we all deserve some vacation after a good school year. And summer time is the most most enjoyable time of the year. Hoping you had a wonderful summer time break and you are back to school fresh and full of new ideas to share with your students in the classroom.


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