Monday, February 26, 2018

TED talks for the week

This week you'll be watching some TED Talks to answer the material for pages 115 to 118. You will answer these pages on your book, then transfer them to your notebook. 

How Food Shapes Our Cities

The other links are here to help you with your essay which is to be turned in on Monday (March 5th) to my brother Federico, no later than 7 AM.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Coloring your diet

For this session we are going to look at nutition. 
Your first assignment, before class is to find the names of all the vegetables in the picture both in English and Spanish. You need to do this before class.

You need go to Fitness Magazine to read the article THEN you have to print this PDF, to bring to class. This document will be used during class.

Monday, December 4, 2017

BONO gives us some good news

This is BONO, singer of the Irish band U2, giving us some good news about poverty. Watch his TED Talk and answer all the pages in your book.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PROPS in Presentations

As you know, this time we are giving presentations with the help of props. I am including a post from IN A MANNER OF SPEAKING. Read the blog carefully and consider your options. You can also watch Davis Hynder to get tips.
I am also including the TED talks by JJ ABRAMS and Hans Roslin so you can revisit them and get some ideas for your presentation, 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Who Has Time to Read?

I certainly hope you do. Technology has brought on different ways to have access to story telling. I must admit that I was a critic of reading from an iPad, or a Kindle; however I have come to embrace it. I still prefer paper, traditional books. Romantic reasons I suppose. Audio Books came about years ago to help people with poor eyesight, or people looking to beat the stress of traffic jams. Now we have podcasts. Here is a podcast from The New Yorker. The Burglar was written by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, and it is here read by her. The audio 40 minutes long, including the interview, so take your time.  

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Young Zaphod Plays It Safe

It is time to read a bit of science fiction. This is a short story by the great Douglas Adams. Click HERE to download the seven-page PDF.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


A Few Tips on Public Speaking.
  1. Practice. Many people fail at speaking in public because they don't practice before. Make sure that you know when you are going to use gestures.
  2. KNOW what you are talking about. Study the material and write it yourself, use your words.
  3. Introduce yourself and classmates.
  4. State your topic, and the main parts of your presentations. If necessary, state the purpose of your talk; persuade, inform, etc. 
  5. Make eye contact. It helps connect with your audience. Look at the audience, NOT at the presentation or the teacher. PowerPoint is a tool, NOT the center of your presentation.
  6. Control mannerisms. Your body language is very important. Don't put your hands in your pockets, or cross your arms... watch this video
  7. Enunciate. Speak clearly. NEVER worry about your accent; embrace it.
  8. DON'T read your presentation. That is sure way to lose the interest of your audience.
  9. Enjoy it. If you enjoy your presentation, your audience will too.