El oficio de enseñar…

En El oficio de enseñar, Edith Litwin (2008) cita la reflexión de un docente
en el marco de una investigación educativa. Este docente decía:

Deberíamos evitar la tentación de dictar clases magistrales. La clase magistral tiene una cuota de autoengaño: el docente percibe que dio la clase bien y entiende que el tema, por añadidura, se aprendió bien. A una exposición prolija, un aprendizaje pulcro y ordenado. Pero es muy común que los estudiantes digan: “sabe mucho del tema, pero no le entendemos nada”. Uno debería invertir más tiempo en pensar: ¿cómo debo enseñar el contenido de mi clase? Un ejercicio posible es pensar qué y cómo enseñar si solo tengo una única oportunidad de dar clase a estos estudiantes, o cuáles son las cinco cosas que no deberían dejar de saber (RL, Universidad ORT, Uruguay).

I am very happy to announce that “Into the Wild” has been nominated as “Best Class Edublog 2010″. This is the second time that one of my students’ class blog is nominated to the same award (last year it was Saintexupery6 ), and it makes me feel really proud of my students and very enthusiastic because I know they will be thrilled with the news. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work and their good disposition during the class. And well, if you are reading this post, liked “Into the Wild” and would like to make my students even happier…


Our Final Creations!

We have finally created our quizzes. Are you curious about them? Would you like to give them a try? We challenge you all to try to solve them. You can find them here: http://saintexupery5.blogspot.com/2010/09/quizzes.html

You just have to enter your name, click on “STAR QUIZ” and start answering your questions. Share with us your results and opinions about them.


You have really succeeded in making your animals talk. Now, I have a new challenge for you all: preparing a quiz on animal adaptations! I have asked you to bring some information about the topic. However, if you find that what you have brought is not enough, below you will find some useful links:

A presentation with sounds and images on animals adaptation.

Information about sharks, bears, racoons and foxes.

Information from the Toronto Zoo. (click on each of the animals and look for the title: adaptations)

You have all the information! Let’s start preparing the questions! Remember that all questions must have 4 elements: QASI Rule ( question word + auxiliary + subject + infinitive verb) For example: Why do camels have eyelashes?. Prepare for each question 4 possible answers (of course, one should be correct!)

It’s time to go live! Why not posting your quiz online and challenging your classmates to try to solve it? Here you can create your online quiz.

1) Enter your quiz title (Try to be original!) and click on Create my Quiz

2) Click on Continue

3) Login by entering the USERNAME and PASSWORD

4) Click on Multiple Choice

5) Write in the Tag box: Animals

6) Enter the question, the different options and click next to the correct option. It should look like this:

8 ) Click on Multiple Choice again until you finish writing all your questions.

9) Select the category K12 education

10) Click on Create Quiz and that’s it! Your quizz is created!


I am very proud to introduce you all to my students’ creations. Using blabberize and following these instructions, they have created a talking animal from one of the animal groups we have been working on. Here they are! Have a look and don’t forget to leave a comment. They are very important to keep us motivated. Remember a blog is fed by your comments.

Mammals ( by Nicolas, Gonzalo, Theo, Alan and Facundo)

Fish (by Valen, Magali, Sofia, Lucia D., Amanda y Micaela)

Birds ( by Camila, Lucia V. and Lucia P)

Reptiles ( by Daniela, Ceci, Luana, Caro, Azul and Naymi)

A talking panda!

And here I will introduce you to one of my anxious student’s first creation. Yeah, a talking panda! It was created by Alan at home following the instructions posted here. Tomorrow we will be creating more talking animals in class. Get ready!