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Archive for the ‘end of year presentation’ Category

A Christmas Carrot

Posted by willkay on December 15, 2013

One of my students, Carmina, wrote a fantastic Book Report about David Copperfield. I was telling my class this, and mentioned the author:

“Charles Dickens. You know, the author of A Christmas Carol. You’ve heard of A Christmas Carol, haven’t you?”

“What’s A Christmas Carrot?” asked Victor.

And from there the story grew. What started as a daft idea in the classroom, led to a weekend sat at the keyboard, finished with a Christmas presentation to the parents. I am sure that someone (somewhere) has a video of the final performance – and can I say, the final performance was excellent -, and if I can get my hands on a copy I will try to load that up to YouTube. However, I do have a copy of the final rehearsal.

So, Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, can I proudly present:







Act One

Act Two

Act Three



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(the final presentation) Monday

Posted by willkay on June 21, 2010

In at seven to check that the multi-activity room was ready. Chairs out, microphone one, laptop connected. Back to the classroom to discover that we were six people short. Eh? Six students absent? How did that happen? Well, it appears that when, on Thursday, I said: Do NOT be late. Be early! Some students took that to mean something totally different. In the end, five people made it in, and we were just one (Alejandro) down. A quick run through the changes necessary, and we were ready.

And nothing went wrong.

That’s the wonder of the audience not knowing what we were doing. Absolutely nothing went wrong! Arrrrrrrrr!

And everyone went home at the end. Well, I say everyone and I mean everyone, except for six boys. Having spent Thursday explaining that if anyone was going to be in school on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday they need to bring something to do, it was a total surprise to discover…that no one had brought anything to do. In case anyone is wondering if they will miss anything if they don’t make it into school, let me assure you, you won’t.

We did the Maths Bee:

1st – Guillermo

2nd – Valerio

3rd – Ivan

And then we watched a bit of Fantastic Mr. Fox. After Spanish, we watched a bit more of Fantastic Mr. Fox. After recess, we watched Spain v Honduras.

Tuesday: If you are planning to come to school (and Sr. Martinez, your son does not have to come into school tomorrow, I promise you, he won’t miss anything), bring something to do. A game to play. A book to read. Something to do. Please do not spend the day asking me: What can I do? I will be in school at 6:50am, watching the Mexico v Uruguay match. If you come early, you can come into school and join me in the classroom. Please note, at 9am the match will finish. You will need something to do. Oh, you can also wear La Verde as well (or La Negra).

And the slideshow is here:

Oh, and if you go to the school’s website, there’s a survey that the school is asking all parents to fill out. Please go, and say nice things about me. Or, if you feel you need to, go and say bad things about me – it will help me improve as a teacher.

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(just plain awful) Friday

Posted by willkay on June 20, 2010

It has taken two days before I can actually type anything up about Friday, two days and the pain is still there.

Friday morning saw me in school at the usual time, however there were no students there! (Although there was a reported sighting of Larizza?) The school had to be set up for the fiesta in the evening, and the multi-activity room needed to be prepared for Monday. Working as a team, the teachers managed to get everything done by 10 o’clock. At that point, Miss Lilian thinking she was doing the nice thing, let me go home to watch the England match on television. It was kind of her, but in the long run I think I’d have rather stayed at school, and missed the match.

It was awful, painfully awful. I spent most of the game with my head under a cushion, trying to avoid watching yet-another-kick-to-nowhere. Don’t get me wrong. I love football. I love the World Cup. Every four years, when the World Cup comes round, I am fixed to the television set. This year, the time difference has been a little difficult but, thanks to the internet, I’ve been able to keep up with most matches. And, whisper this quietly, this year I thought England were going to do well. I could see them getting to the semi-finals without too much difficulty. And,once you are in the last four, with two games to go??? You know, in my heart, I thought England had a chance this year, a chance to win the World Cup. But what happened? At this moment, the chance to get through to the next round isn’t just in our hands, it also relies on the failure of others (specifically USA). All of a sudden, a dead-cert has turned into a dead-donkey.

The one joy in all this has been Mexico. I spent an hour on the phone this morning (Sunday), with my mum. She is very excited about Mexico, loved the fact that they beat the French, and has now adopted Mexico as her country! Of curse, there is always the advantage that Mexico could face Argentina, and put them out in the next round. Which, for an Englishman is always good news (after the Hand-of-God goal).

Anyhoo, Monday! Monday will be The Final Presentation at 8am. Tuesday is Mexico v Uruguay at 7am. Wednesday is England v Slovenia at 7am. Thursday is the last day in school (for the sixth grade). Friday is Disney. Busy week ahead.

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(prop) Wednesday

Posted by willkay on June 16, 2010

Grrrrr, to Miss Lilian. If it wasn’t bad enough having to explain what THAT goal was all about, she made me reenact it on the pavement outside school this morning. However, that would not normally be enough to make me go “Grrrr“. No, it was the walking back out of school, five minutes later, claiming forgetfulness, and then asking me to explain THAT goal all over again. I say, “Grrrr, madam.

First lesson was spent building props for The Final Presentation. Well, not the whole hour. Some of it was spent asking Miss Tere B daft questions, trying to get the address a decent internet site from Professor Humberto (so I can watch the footy match on Friday [In-ger-land, In-ger-land, In-ger-land]), and back to to Miss Tere B for more help (Hurray! She is providing a television for tomorrow’s Mexico match!).

Then it was time for a quick run through The Final Presentation with props. It went well. The second time it went better but…there comes a point where you can over rehearse. Do something, too many times, and it loses its spontaneity. I think the time to stop rehearsing has arrived. We ran through the whole thing, one more time, in front of the fifth grade. It is still too fast, but you could start to feel everyone ¬†getting a little bored with the whole thing. I think we’ll have one last run through tomorrow, and then nail it on Monday!

Spelling, and we worked through “Easily Confused Words” today. Try explaining the difference between farther and further, especially when the dictionary (or Dave as we like to call him) defines further as farther! In the end, we settled for farther was physical (metres, kilometres), whereas further was more to do with the meta-physical (I will further my knowledge).

The last lesson (for me) was spent trying to organise how to paint trophies – which will be the way I start tomorrow off. Ooops, that’s supposed to be a surprise!

Something New: Zero decibels is NOT complete silence. You can NEVER have complete silence.

maria told me about a radio programme she had listened to. In it, a researcher had tried to find the quietest place on earth. It turned out to be a military bunker, under a mountain, somewhere in the USA. It was so quiet it had a reading of -9 decibels. The first thing to note is that you can have a negative decibel reading! The second thing to note is that this is still not silent. You can still hear your heartbeat. Worse (or better?) it is so quiet that you can hear the blood moving in your veins, and the working of your nerves. In other words, it can never be silent. I know what you are going to ask now, what about if you are dead? Well, still not silent. There is the noise of decomposing (yuck!). So, if you want total silence, I suppose space is the place to go because (are you ready to say this along with me Scarlatte?): In space, no one can hear you scream!

Favourite Moment Of The Day (FMOTD): Oh, I will be there, I’ve just remembered.

Two minutes after telling me that he couldn’t make The Final Presentation, Alejandro remembers that his grandparents are bringing him to school that day. From a really down moment, I am suddenly happy again.

TOMORROW: You can wear La Verde or La Negra.

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(spelling bee final) Tuesday

Posted by willkay on June 15, 2010

THIS IS BRILLIANT!! Click here to watch THAT goal, as reenacted via Lego! Genius.

It has felt like a rush, all day. Not enough time to do everything I want to do, the clock appears to move so much faster, and then other things pop up in the middle of whatever we are doing. My timing was all out of whack from the moment I walked into school. I thought I had got to school at my normal time, ten minutes early. However, I had to stop to talk to one teacher, then another, and before I knew it, the bell rang (two minutes early) before I had got across the playground to my classroom. It is my week to be outside, opening car doors, so there was no time to write Something New on the board.

Outside, it was a case of desperately searching cars, hoping that Ana Elena, Paulina, and Ivan had got my email, or read my blog. Or, hopefully, someone else had read my blog, and passed on the message. They hadn’t. None of them were in Gala uniform. (It appears that only one student read my blog last night.) I bit the bullet, apologised to Miss Lilian, and explained that the fault was all mine. Of course, one glance at the picture at the top of the page points out that they were ALL in Gala uniform. Thankfully, the parents reacted perfectly as they dropped their children off, and uniforms arrived in school. Which, if I had gambled on, I could have not apologised, and admitted my mistake. Ho hum.

From morning line up, straight to the multi-activity room and a quick run through The Final Presentation. It isn’t perfect, not even in this form, and then Mr. Kay (that’s me) went ahead and changed the whole thing. Well, not the whole thing. The base of the performance, the poem, is still there. However, it has now turned into a whole production. This means more sleepless nights ahead of me, more frustration, and hard work. But it’s all fun in the end. (There are several pictures up on my Flickr page, taken during the rehearsal. Enjoy.)

This meant that the whole morning was spent working on The Final Presentation. We’ll get there.

After recess The Spelling Bee Final. Congratulations to the three students who made the final (wearing Gala uniform). It only took three rounds to work out the final positions:

1st – Ivan

2nd – Ana Elena

3rd – Paulina R.

Well done! And remember, “you go to business on the bus“.

Something New: 5.9

I didn’t make it to my classroom on time. However, if I had I would have written: 5.9. Last night, at 9:30, there was another earthquake. Not as big, not as scary, as the last one. But big enough to get me out of my flat clutching my laptop!

Favourite Moment of The Day (FMOTD): Starring Taylor Lautner and Alejandro! Plus, some people who go to school with Alejandro.

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