Take notes like a BOSS!

I thought I would have some fun with this post!  Lately, I’ve been teaching some note-taking and organization sessions and loving it! (I guess my inner nerd is making a statement!).   During these sessions we take a look at things like:

1. How to use a planner
2. How to make an effective study-schedule
3. How to prepare for upcoming projects and tests
4. How to take some (awesome) notes

Now, I know that the note-taking ‘thing’ may sound old-school and entirely outdated, but I bet you could to the same thing on your computer.  Unfortunately, even though I do use the computer, I feel like I don’t really remember anything unless I write it down.  That’s why I still have a planner (archaic I know!), but I think that having a written record of something is better than having a million-and-one alerts in my phone. (Maybe that’s just me, I know we all have to do what works!)

So, I’m going to share with you the note-taking method I learned in high school.  Now, these notes have a name, but I don’t remember it!

Method:

Fold the side with the holes over about 1/4 of the way

On the same side as the holes, write your main headings, indent for sub-headings

On the other side write your key terms and definitions

How to study:

Fold the side with the holes back, that way you show all your headings and can quiz yourself on the terms and definitions!

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I saw the sign

While studying abroad in Córdoba, Argentina, we had the opportunity to travel around the country during our free time.  As we traveled, I began to notice the signage; bus stops, cross walks, graffiti, and translated signs.  In highly trafficked tourist areas there were many signs in various languages.  In these places I noticed that the signs translated from Spanish to English, were not always translated correctly, which made me wonder, how often do we also make those mistakes?  However, although some words were missing, one could understand the message!

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End of the (School) Year

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Recuerda esto: Practica un poquito, espero que tengas un buen verano, no te olvides que estamos aqui!

Despedida De Clase

Ha llegado el final de año,
es momento de despedida,
recordaré con alegría
su amor, su cariño y sonrisa.

En el alma tendré grabados,
donde maduraron mis sueños,
porque aprendi desde pequeño
de la escuela y de mis maestros.

Crayones, guardapolvos blancos,
y dibujando garabatos,
haciendo collares de plumas,
y hasta actuando en los escenarios.

Los pizarrones y recreos,
los trabajos y los cuadernos,
los libros y los compañeros,
me quedarán en el recuerdo.

Mi escuela, hoy tengo que dejarte
y emprenderé un nuevo camino,
pero tendré siempre presente
que fuiste quien guió mi destino.

Todos mis queridos maestros,
los que acompañaron mis sueños,
¡Les digo gracias y hasta siempre!
¡Serán parte de mis afectos!

Todos los derechos reservados.
Copyright © 11 de Noviembre 2012 by Arjona Delia

The Elf and the Doctor

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There once was a little Elf. He was so silly, always running around from place to place. When people asked him, where he lived he always replied, “Everywhere!” To which they would inquire, “Now, where is that located??” One moment he’d be happy, the next he’d be sad–he was an emotional little fellow. He scared easily, laughed easily, cried easily, and was never afraid to express his feelings. He always made sure if he made changes they were temporary.

One day he met the Doctor. The Doctor wasn’t like him at all. He was always described as “tall, dark, and handsome”–great characteristics in a man! He had a great occupation (you know, being a doctor), rarely left his place of origin, which of course was somewhere in New England. Unlike the Elf, the Doctor was always on time and attended church regularly, his religion was very important to him. And if he did change something in his routine he changed it permanently.

A little story to help remember the difference between SER and ESTAR

SER- to be
yo soy
tú eres
él es
nosotros somos
vosotros soís
ellos son
Used for (Permanent):

Description
Occupation
Characteristics
Time
Origin
Religion

ESTAR- to be
yo estoy
tú estás
él está
nosotros estamos
vosotros estaís
ellos están

Used for (Temporary):

Emotions
Location
Feelings

las recetas

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 My future sister-in-law recently gave me a Spanish textbook that belonged to her brother called, Sol y sombra.  I was honored to have this book to add to my collection and have truly enjoyed reading it.  It’s an older textbook, published in 1972, but I love the teaching method.  This book contains many stories, articles, etc. that are separated by difficulty level. Each story contains cognates of English words, and the grammar becomes progressively harder as the reader progresses through the book.

In the second level, I found an article that contained a couple of recipes, with illustrations of all the ingredients.  I pondered this article for quite a while, and decided that I could do something similar with my students.  So, right now I have students thinking of their favorite recipes, which we are translating into Spanish, collecting, making copies and redistributing.  That’s right, a recipe exchange, in Spanish!  And it’s a great opportunity to teach the commands! 

So, if any of you out there would like to contribute to our recipe exchange, that would be great!

Field Trip!

As it is the end of exam season this semester, we’re going on a field trip!  A group of students and I are heading out to Ikea today to meet, greet, and practice a little ‘household’ Spanish. In light of our outing, I thought I would share some vocabulary with you.  You never know, you might learn something new! In the ATL area…drop by around 2pm.

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Furniture- los muebles

 

La mesa- table

 

La silla- chair

 

El escritorio- desk

 

El sofa- sofá

 

La lámpara- lamp

 

Los estantes- bookshelves

 

El sillón- armchair

 

Las cortinas- curtains

 

La ducha- shower

 

La cama- bed

 

La almohada- pillow

 

Las sabanas- sheets

 

El mantel- blanket

 

El basurero- wastepaper basket

 

El congelador- refrigerator

 

Las velas- candles

 

El lavamanos/(lavaplatos)- sink (dishwasher)