sábado, 26 de fevereiro de 2011

Blueberry Muffins!

Classes at... 2°E were really funny last week! They did their work based on the text about antioxidants but when they tried to translate the names of some sources of antioxidants...it was at least interesting! Blueberry...what's that? Do we have this fruit here, in Brazil? The answer is YES! Our blueberry is called "mirtilo" and Rio Grande do Sul has already been producing them but not enough for all our country.
It's relatively new for us but it's very popular in North America and in Europe, cold regions! The sweet flavour mixes very well in many desserts. Blueberry muffins are a must!We can have some delicious blueberry muffins at Starbucks, but if you want to bake them...take a look at the recipe above. My niece Nicole and I have already made this recipe and besides being very easy to make, it is really very good with a warm cup of a good tea (mainly if you have some blueberry tea from Celestial Seasonings). By the way, If you decided to bake them, don't forget to take one of the muffins to me at school...I'd love to try it! Enjoy that!

sexta-feira, 25 de fevereiro de 2011

Technology - What a wonderful world!

Today our classes (3ºs EM) at Eduardo Gomes School were really nice! I really got very happy because the great majority of the students were focused on the exercises correction and on the theme of our text, the Internet! By the way, this is just the beginning of our discussion about how teens see and use Internet.
We had the chance to watch this video
and it's really amazing. (Ok,I admit, reading e-mails in the bathroom it's too much to me, but I loved the refrigerator!).
Some students even asked if all that was really truth? (I asked this question myself when I saw it for the first time.)But the answer is YES - it's absolutely true! Waldemar (from the school IT department) told me that he had used this interactive table made of glass at Microsof (USA) when he attended a course there. It is real and believe it or not, the future is coming very fast. There is some controversy...some people think it's nice, wonderful...others wouldn't like to live in a place like this one in the video and then we have this question - is all that good or bad? In fact TECHNOLOGY just IS - good or bad depends exclusively on us and how we will use it. It's our responsability.
And you, how have you been using Internet lately? Would you like to live in a house like this one in the video?

terça-feira, 22 de fevereiro de 2011

Love is still in the air...

Pince William of Wales and Miss Kate Middleton's wedding will be held on April, 29th.
There will be 1,900 guests invited to Royal wedding celebrations, but only 600 will attend the lunch time reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen herself and just 300 of the couple's closest family and friends will attend the "intimate" dinner at the Palace hosted by the Prince.
Invitations to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding have already been sent out by the Queen.
Royal houses expected to be invited are Spain, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium.
Guests have been asked to wear "uniform, morning coat or lounge suit".
For sure it will be one of the most important events of the year (maybe even THE event of the year).
They are famous people...that's ok...but royal or not, what really matters is the happiness of having someone to share your life with, to be with you. Of course we wish the couple a very long, healthy, lovely and happy marriage...as we would wish for any couple who has decide to take "the next step".
Getting married is just one of many ways that people use in their "search" to be happy. And I do believe that's the reason why we were created...simply to be happy!

segunda-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2011

Valentine's Day - love is in the air!

Every year, the fourteenth day of the month of February has millions across the world presenting their loved ones with candy, flowers, chocolates and other lovely gifts. In many countries, restaurants are seen to be filled with couples who are eager to celebrate their relationship and the joy of their togetherness through delicious cuisines.
Today, Valentine's Day is one of the major holidays in the U.S. and has become a booming commercial success. According to the Greeting Card Association, 25% of all cards sent each year are "valentine"s. The "valentines", as Valentine's Day cards are better known as, are often designed with hearts to symbolize love. The Valentine's Day is now celebrated in almost all the world. One of the earliest "valentines" was sent in 1415 AD by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife during his imprisonment in the Tower of London. The card is now preserved in the British Museum.
I'm really curious to see the cards made by the 2ºA EM tomorrow! Tell you about it later!
And what about you, have you already sent your Valentine's Card today?

segunda-feira, 7 de fevereiro de 2011

Criatividade e Informação - uma dupla de muito sucesso!

Olá Pessoal!

As aulas já começaram, a primeira semana se foi, as devidas apresentações foram feitas e 2011 começa a tomar forma!
Temos muito trabalho para realizarmos, o que é muito positivo, pois todo trabalho bem feito vem acompanhado da satisfação de poder realizá-lo!
Teremos muitas leituras interessantes nos esperando e também há espaço para sugestões!
Quanto mais leitura, melhor! As informações adquiridas podem (e com certeza vão) contribuir no nosso desenvolvimento! Ler nos leva a reflexão, desperta ideias e aguça nossa criatividade. E quando a informação vem aliada com a criatividade, o sucesso é garantido. Um exemplo disso é essa apresentação, disponível no link , http://kathia.thehomeworkzone.com/ que mostra bandeiras sendo usadas como gráficos para apontar os principais problemas em alguns países.
Alguns dizem que tal apresentação foi feita por um diplomata norueguês para a ONU, outros dizem que foi um trabalho de um publicitário de uma agência em Portugal. Enfim, seja lá qual for sua origem, uma coisa e absolutamente incontestável - A mensagem é simples e clara, como toda informação deveria ser!
E você, o que anda fazendo com as informações recebidas?