Sunday, July 15, 2018

June in review & World Cup 2018, sport values

World Cup 2018 Russia
Manga & Anime/ Deviant Art
credits: rhymeseithmonth

"Sport is a field of dreams and a school for human values."

UNESCO, World Cup

And World Cup 2018 is finally ended today. France is the champion team. However Croacia was the favorite team. Little country. 

Croatia team
credits: FIFA 2018

Most of all, great team that fought until the end with courage and bravery. Croacia can be proud!

Congratulations to both teams! However must not forget all the teams that fought for their dreams. 


Football has been around since 500 B.C. when Spartans played it as an ancient game. Across centuries, football has evolved as the culture around it has thrived.

Promoting the power of sport values is an important skill we must spread. Fair-play, equality, respect, dignity. Football & sport are a powerful vehicle for social inclusion, gender equality & youth empowerment. And the values of sports are those vital for peace.

And now June in review. Themes, resources, tips and tools for you to try something  new or something different you can include into your lessons.

My usual readers know I write in English, Français and Português. June English and Français.

Here are the most popular posts of the last month:

World Day Against Child Labour : Generation Save&Healthy 

Watch out ! Strawberry Moon most colorful full moon all year : resources 

Bac 2018 ? Derniers conseils ! 

World Oceans Day : Resources 

World Environment Day ! #BeatPlasticPollution ! 

Revenons au Prix Non au harcèlement : les lauréats ! 

credits: Soledad Bravi

Summer holidays? Not yet! August, perhaps? Yes!

Blogging is my free contribution to inspire new and young teachers, by proposing different subjects from Literature to Science or Sports. And of course Environment.

Hope you enjoyed my pedagogical proposals published in June and you included some of them into your lessons.

Summer is here! That's a nice time to think about sun and beach!

I hope that you will have a great weekend! 


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Schools : A lesson of Mindfulness : Youth soccer team & his coach in Thailand

cartoon: unknown

Youth Soccer team and coach in the cave
credits: AFP/ Getty

"Don't worry!"
This was a group message from the 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a flooded cave since last 23 June. The boys became trapped when they entered the cave system, leaving their shoes and bags near the mouth of the cave to write their names on the wall.

In a risky operation led by the Thai navy Seals, an international team managed to get the boys through a complicated and often narrow exit route. The boys and their coach had been rescued today, last day of cave rescue.

There was a Portuguese diver who wants to be incognito as the most part of international divers team. Solidarity is this!

Three navy seals and a doctor, who had been with the boys, emerged safely from the cave several hours later.

Former Navy Seal Samarn Kunan

We can't forget navy seal former Thai Navy Seal Samarn Kunan, 38, volunteer, died while trying to help rescue the young football team trapped in the cave Tham Luang Nang Non.

cartoon: unknown
An exchange of letters between relatives has been released after they were found by two English divers the last 3 July.
Below are some messages translated into English:

credits: Thai Navy Seals

How can a youth soccer team aged 11-16 years and his coach 25 years old be so calm, resilient to survive? Meditation was the key of their courage, patience, peaceful mind.

Ekkapol Chanthawong, an ancient Buddhist monk had the tool to all. Mindfulness. Ekkapol Chantawong is the only member of his family who survived the epidemic which overcame his Northern Thailand home town in 2003.

Ekkapol Chanthawong

Before the 25-year-old was a coach to the young boys on the Wild Boars soccer team he spent a decade as a saffron-robed Buddhist monk. He still stays at the temple from time to time and meditate with the monks there each day. at the temple, learning meditation. 

So, Chanthawong honed a skill that served him well and the boys in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave: meditation. 

“I always believed that Chanthawong would help them keep calm and optimistic, and he loved us very much,” 

Ms Sriwichai

Youth soccer team
Composite: Various

Yes, all the team is safeand well, but too fragile to travel to Russia to watch the final game at the World Cup 2018

Their classmates and teachers are preparing a big welcome at schools were they are studying.

"Teacher, don't give us lots of homework!" they asked in the exchange of letters. No, teachers will not give lots of homework. These students will have a careful personal support of the school and teachers.


“Mindfulness is a powerful tool that supports children in calming themselves, focusing their attention, and interacting effectively with others, all critical skills for functioning well in school and in life,”

 Amy Saltzman, M.D., director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education

The implementation of school-based mindfulness programs for children is becoming more popular. Empirical research proving the benefits of mindfulness is only beginning to emerge.

It's not easy. Sitting completely still never is at that age. Yet students must concentrate on their arms, legs and "deep belly breathing." However mindfulness is more and more integrated into schools curriculum. And an experience on math grades shows:

"After analyzing measures, which included behavioral assessments, cortisol levels, feedback from their peers regarding sociability, and academic scores of math grades, the results revealed dramatic differences."

Compared to the students who learned the social responsibility program, those trained in mindfulness scored higher in math, had 24% more social behaviors, and were 20% less aggressive. 

The group trained in mindfulness excelled above the other group in the areas of attention, memory, emotional regulation, optimism, stress levels, mindfulness, and empathy.

Different schools in different countries are implementing mindfulness into school curriculum. More and more teachers are now qualified in meditation exercises to combat pupil stress.

I practice mediation. I'm a Yogi. And often I helped my former students to meditate some minutes before tests class. So I was fascinated when meditation recently started becoming mainstream again. 

Mindfulness/ meditation

"As a part of positive education curriculum, students learn how to combine mindfulness and character strengths techniques. The integration of mindfulness and character strengths offers a number of distinct benefits for student well-being."

The goal is for each young student to develop, integrate, and apply these mindfulness and character strengths strategies when dealing with school/life pressures.

If your are a qualified teacher, or you are a Yogi (as I am), you have the tools to help your students practising mindfulness, a way of making them stop, relax. Now lots of schools have signed up to mindfulness classes, both at secondary and primary level. 

In some countries, some high schools now get pupils to do meditation rather than detention.

Meditation can do a big drop-off in playground aggression, plus a rise in grades. However Richard Burnett, co-founder of the UK project, is wary of these model, especially where mindfulness is used to “correct” bad behaviour as opposed to being a practice in and of itself. 

“If you pitch it like that you’re feeding into precisely the achievement-based culture that’s putting such huge pressure on children,” 

Richard Burnett, co-founder of the UK project

Mindfulness/ NYT

Mindfulness has a valuable place in schools because at its core is the promotion of well being and self-support.

"Incorporating mindfulness into education has been linked to improving academic and social and emotional learning. Also, mindfulness strengthens some underlying development processes - such as focus, resilience, and self-soothing- that will help kids in the long run.”


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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Schools : Watch out ! Strawberry Moon most colorful full moon all year : resources

June 21st was the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and if you’re feeling a little happier at the end of the week, science may explain why. The summer solstice are one of the happiest days of the year, and it’s all thanks to that sweet, sweet sunshine.
Philip Gehrman, associate director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania, says that people are generally more cheerful in the summertime. 
Why? Light is the strongest cue when it comes to the body regulating circadian rhythms like the sleep cycle and hormonal fluctuations, more light is generally a good thing when it comes to improving your mood. I'm Sun addict for sure!
On the Summer Solstice, June’s waxing moon will reach its full lunar phase in the wee hours of June 28, kicking off a summer of celestial happenings. Stargazers are in for a treat since this full moon, known as the Strawberry Moon, also happens to arrive during Saturn opposition, meaning Saturn will be at its closest and brightest this year.

Strawberry Moon? Why?

Yes, the June Full Moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon. This Full Moon got its name from the Algonquin tribes who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries.  This is a diverse group of tribes that covered the continent as far as California.

Algonquin couple, 18th-century watercolor by unknown artist
Courtesy of the City of Montreal Records Management & Archives, Montreal, Canada

The Strawberry Moon has different nicknames in different cultures:
  • the Full Rose Moon (Europe)
  • the Honey Moon (Europe)
  • the Mead Moon (Europe)
  • the Green Corn Moon, 
  • the Planting Moon,
  • Birth Moon. 

NASA illustration of how different Mars can look, depending on its distance to Earth
Summer will offer rare opportunities for stargazers. Events such as Mars opposition in late July will bring the red planet closer to Earth than it has been in 15 years, giving anyone with a telescope the chance to see Mars’ unique features more closely than usual. 
The Strawberry Moon will be the season’s first celestial event visible to stargazers, and thanks to Saturn opposition occurring on the same night, it won’t disappoint.
So wherever you happen to be, don’t miss it!

The Strawberry Moon will share the spotlight with Saturn this year
This year’s Strawberry Moon, which marks the short harvesting season for strawberries, offers an exciting event for celestial sightseers. But this year, Saturn’s opposition will be visible until September. 
“It’s the most colorful of all full moons,” Daniel M. Soref, Milwaukee Public Museum’s Theater & Planetarium director, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an interview published Monday. “We always get more color in the sky when things are lower.”
One thing to note is that the moon will also appear as a minimoon, which is difficult to notice with the naked eye but means the moon is at the furthest possible position from Earth.  A minimoon happens when the moon is at its furthest point from Earth (called the apogee). It will appear just a tad bit smaller in the sky.
For the two celestial events to share a set time is a rare treat for stargazers, but it’s just the first of many cosmic happenings slated for this summer.

  •  Traditions:
Summer solstice, also called 'midsummer' is a special day for many as it means the start of the summer. It has links to many ancient cultural practices as different cultures have celebrated it being symbolic of renewal, fertility and harvest.
Every year, hundreds of pagans and non-pagans congregate at Stonehenge to see the sun rise in the morning and welcome in the summer. Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with it’s neighbour AveburySome pagans and druids perform a fire ritual to celebrate the occasion. This involves people with unlit candles forming a circle around a large lit central candle and lighting theirs off it one at a time.
Don´t forget that 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. So, share the interesting sites of Europe where Summer solstice is celebrated.

On June 27, Earth’s orbit will bring the planet in between Saturn and the sun, which will place Saturn opposite the sun in Earth’s sky and create a rare opportunity to observe the ringed planet throughout the night. Saturn will rise in the southeast sky around sunset, where it will be at its closest and brightest in 2018 before setting in the west around sunrise.
Stargazers can catch the Strawberry moon on June 27 as well, on June 28. Saturn will be at its highest in the sky around midnight, making it easy to observe alongside the moon.
While the Strawberry Moon will only hang around for one night, there will be opportunities to see Saturn and its bright opposition until September. For the two celestial events to share a set time is a rare treat for stargazers, but it’s just the first of many cosmic happenings slated for this summer.

On June 27 and 28, 2018, find the full moon and look in the moon’s glare for a starlike point. That point is a planet, Saturn.

Such an incredible event the Strawberry Moon June 28 and most European students (primary, elementary education) are enjoying summer holiday.

Only high junior schools/ lycées (secondary education) and universities exams season is happening.

So teachers can't include Summer solstice and Strawberry Moon (June 2018) into school lessons. However, students are curious, and they will pay attention on YouTube perhaps? Yes, they are the YouTubers generation

So the date of the June 2018 full moon depends on your time zone. From the most of the contiguous U.S., the moon turns full on the evening of June 27. 

From Portugal and the western portions of Africa, the instant of full moon occurs before sunrise June 28. 

For Asia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and the most of Europe, the moon turns full during the daylight hours on June 28, at which time the sun is above the horizon and the moon is below it.

After Summer holiday, teachers and students will discuss their experiences and knowledge about summer solstice and Strawberry Moon. I'm sure!

Curricula: Cross-curricular: Geography; History; Sciences; Languages (traditions, literature).

Level : All levels.

Teachers must consider the activities to every level or curriculum they are teaching.


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