Sex Education for Teenagers, Online and in Texts -

Sex Education for Teenagers, Online and in Texts -

"Sex education is a thorny subject for most school systems; only 13 states specify that the medical components of the programs must be accurate. Shrinking budgets and competing academic subjects have helped push it down as a curriculum priority. In reaction, some health organizations and school districts are developing Web sites and texting services as cost-effective ways to reach adolescents in the one classroom where absenteeism is never a problem: the Internet."

ESL Video Quiz: Alanis Morissette/Peter, Paul and Mary: Blowin' in the Wind

CLIL PSHE: Healthy eating | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

CLIL PSHE: Healthy eating | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC:

"This activity aims to develop primary pupils’ understanding of healthy, balanced eating and provides practice of basic food vocabulary and the present simple tense. It also has cross-curricular links to PE."

Education World: Bullying and Cyberbullying: What Teachers Can Do

Education World: Bullying and Cyberbullying: What Teachers Can Do:

"Bullying is an ever-present problem in our schools, and can include physical threats, teasing, and harassment (National Association of School Psychologists). It is estimated that between 15 % and 30% of all students are either bullies or victims. Cyberbullying occurs when a child, preteen, or teen is bullied by another child, preteen, or teen using the Internet, or any interactive digital technology (

What Can Teachers Do to Reduce Future Occurrences of Bullying?"

ESL Video Quiz: Mr. Bean and his Final Test

Facts About the 1500s

Facts About the 1500s:

"For the last couple of years an item has been circulating around the Internet about so-called Facts about the 1500s (sometimes 1600s). A quick search using the search-engine Google pointed to over 400 websites that were carrying this piece. Interesting reading. The problem is that most of it is completely invented. The original author is not credited in any of the versions we have seen. Here we present the original version and our attempt to correct the errors.

Next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s. Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

There is no evidence that June was a popular month to get married until the last 100 years. Flowers have been associated with weddings since the earliest times, probably as symbol of fertility."

Tip #57: Everyone is NOT Looking at You « Rachel Simmons

GirlTip #57: Everyone is NOT Looking at You « Rachel Simmons:

"On vacation, I went to a gym & worked out in front of a large window. Several people walked by and stared. I grew uncomfortable. Why were they staring at me? On my way out, I caught my own reflection in the window. Guess the Girl Tip."

Tip #55: It’s Always Worse in Your Head « Rachel Simmons

GirlTip #55: It’s Always Worse in Your Head « Rachel Simmons:

"What if she’s angry? What if she’s blowing me off? What you fear or worry about in your own head is almost never as bad in reality. We are our own worst horror movie directors. Notice it, be gentle with those predictions, & save yourself a ton of angst."

The Case of the Cyber Criminal (Game)

"A techie spy and his cunning crew are out to get your personal information. Stop them cold by proving you're ready to protect yourself online."

Tip #54: Your Body Talks, Even When You Don’t « Rachel Simmons

GirlTip #54: Your Body Talks, Even When You Don’t « Rachel Simmons:

"You may not be talking, but your body might be. Crossed arms, rolled eyes, tossed hair: it all says something. Think about it this way: if you’re burning calories while you’re trying to express yourself, you might not get what you want out of that conversation."

Tip #49: Listen to Your Emotions « Rachel Simmons

GirlTip #49: Listen to Your Emotions « Rachel Simmons:

"Painful emotions don’t only mean life is hard. They’re a sign from within that it may be time to make a choice. Sadness & anger are opportunities for change: in relationships, work, school and spirit. Listen to the feelings: what choices are they asking you to make?"


Smokescreen Game from Six to Start on Vimeo.

"You don't know me, but I know you..."

Smokescreen is a cutting-edge game about life online. We all use Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and MSN to keep up with our mates - and we've all heard the stories about parties on Facebook being mobbed, or people getting stalked on MSN. The question is, what would you do if it happened to you?

Over 13 missions, Smokescreen follows the story of Max Winston and Cal Godfrey, two mates who've set up an exclusive social network called White Smoke. After Cal's involved in a car accident and falls into a coma, White Smoke becomes huge - and starts attracting huge problems. Each mission sees you explore the world of White Smoke, and find out who you can trust - and who you can't."

Tip #52: Loyalty Doesn’t Mean Hating Who Your Friends Hate « Rachel Simmons

GirlTip #52: Loyalty Doesn’t Mean Hating Who Your Friends Hate « Rachel Simmons:

"Do you expect friends to get angry at people you’re fighting with? That kind of loyalty isn’t part of a healthy friendship. Conflict is scary & lonely, but it’s yours, not your friends’. Get sympathy, not support. Asking friends to have your back ups the drama & puts them in an unfair position. Stay classy & keep it one-on-one."

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

"Yes, Virginia. Building on the story of 8-year-old Virginia OHanlons letter to the editor of the New York Sun, the holiday special takes us on a charming adventure about the existence of Santa Claus and the curiosity amongst believers. During the creation of Yes, Virginia, a special wish was fulfilled for 10-year-old Wish kid Taylor Hay whose voice and likeness were captured for one of the characters. "
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Santa Claus quiz

The Lure of the Laberynth

"Your beloved pet's gone missing and you've got to find it - but how? Before you know it, you're dropped into a strange (and extremely smelly) world where your only friend is a mysterious bean-loving girl with wings. She says there are others ... Others? Other pets? Well, there sure are plenty of monsters. They're all over the place, stinking up the joint and forcing you to do crazy jobs - you have to make pet food out of carrots and eyeballs? ICK! How in the world can any of this help you find your pet? And can you come to its rescue ... before it's too late?

There's only one way to find out ..."

Tip #50: The Importance of Naming Your Fears « Rachel Simmons

GirlTip #50: The Importance of Naming Your Fears « Rachel Simmons:

"When you’re feeling anxious about doing something, be it a phone call or big request or tough conversation, ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen? Can you bear it? Much of the time, you can. We can face our fears when we know them clearly — & take the leaps that bring us to amazing new places."

Even though these tips are for girls, most are good for boys, too. Many more tips here:

ED 101: Eating Disorders 101

"Eating Disorders 101 (ED 101), sponsored by Timberline Knolls, is a free  educational tool provided by the NORMAL nonprofit which educates about  eating disorders, self-esteem and body image through arts and  mindfulness programs.  ED 101 is the result of more than five years of  work and is possible due to ongoing support from Joanne and Daniel C.  Smith, the Pink House Foundation, Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation,  NIS First 100 Club, Innovative Women's Producer's Network and patrons.    We are grateful to be collaborating with more than 15 national  nonprofit organizations to distribute this DVD to schools worldwide.

The  NORMAL nonprofit strongly recommends that this film be accompanied by  our Myth Busters hand out as well as a discussion panel of experts.  For  our free 90-page curriculum, details on handouts and free guidelines on  how to create an effective discussion panel, please visit

NORMAL nonprofit is working to  create a three hour version which incorporates a myriad of perspectives  and angles not covered in this shorter piece.  For example, we will  include footage from diverse socio-economic and cultural families, LGBT  perspectives, as well as footage about treatment of men with eating  disorders. If you would like to learn more, please contact

If you choose to post or embed this  film on your site, we ask that you please post this information so  individuals have access to all of the free materials at"

The Big Bang Theory: Talk Nerdy To Me:Quietly

"Sheldon's need for cleanliness puts Leonard in an awkward situation... hilarity ensues."

Mr Bean's Sandwich

"Mr Bean heads to the park for his lunch and makes his sandwich. Brilliant scenes with Mr Bean washing lettuce in his sock and making tea in his hot water bottle.

Welcome to the Official Mr Bean channel. The first episode of the original Mr Bean series starring Rowan Atkinson was first broadcast on 1st January 1990. Since then Mr Bean has become known all over the world. Created by Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis and Robin Driscoll, there were only 14 episode of the live action series ever made.

To find out more about Mr Bean visit:
Mr Bean on Facebook
Follow Mr Bean on Twitter"
Mr Bean makes a sandwich - Exercises

✵Edgar Allan Poe- Alone๏̯͡๏✵

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Chris Colfer - Star of Glee

Chris Colfer - Star of Glee:

"Glee, Phenom Series'
Star, Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel,


Pronouns Game

Click on the START button:

World of Warcraft TV Commercial: Chuck Norris - Hunter

"Chuck Norris didn't break a sweat filming the newest World of Warcraft television spot. Instead, he made the director cry and then cooled himself with the tears."

Sintel - Third Open Movie by Blender Foundation

""Sintel" is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.
This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world."

More information and downloads:

Digital painting time-lapse : Lezard from David REVOY on Vimeo.

Digital Watercolor with Mypaint 0.9 and Gimp-painter from David REVOY on Vimeo.

Big Buck Bunny

"Big Buck Bunny tells the story of a giant rabbit with a heart bigger than himself. When one sunny day three rodents rudely harass him, something snaps... and the rabbit ain't no bunny anymore! In the typical cartoon tradition he prepares the nasty rodents a comical revenge."

Retired NY Supreme Court Justice Karen Smith Roughed up by Cops for Intervening in Brutal Beating of 'Occupy' Protester's Mom | Moral Low Ground

Retired NY Supreme Court Justice Karen Smith Roughed up by Cops for Intervening in Brutal Beating of 'Occupy' Protester's Mom | Moral Low Ground:

"A retired New York state Supreme Court justice was shoved into a wall by NYPD officers after she intervened in an attempt to stop officers from brutally beating the mother of an ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protester on Tuesday morning.

Judge Karen Smith told Democracy Now! that she was working as a legal observer for the National Lawyers Guild, immediately identifiable as such by her day-glo neon green hat, when she witnessed a shocking incident of police brutality.

Judge Smith (Photo: NY State Unified Court System)

“I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested,” she explained. “As I’m standing there, an African-American woman goes up to a police officer and says, ‘I need to get in. My daughter’s there, I want to know if she is OK.’ And he said, ‘Move on, lady,’ and they kept pushing with their sticks, pushing back and she was crying… he throws her to the ground and starts hitting her in the head.”

Smith knew she had to do something to stop the horrific attack.

“I walk over and I say, ‘Look, cuff her if she’s done something, but you don’t need to do that.’ He said, ‘lady, you want to get arrested?’ I said, ‘Do you see my hat? I’m here as a legal observer.’ He said, ‘Do you want to get arrested?’ and he pushed me up against the wall.”"

The Highwayman

"The Highwayman" is an epic romantic poem by Alfred Noyes set during the  time when swords flashed in the moonlight, muskets smoked, and at the  end of every road there was a beautiful woman.

Pinch of salt « The Word Detective

Pinch of salt « The Word Detective:

"“To take something with a pinch of salt” (or “with a grain of salt”) means to accept a statement with a certain amount of skepticism and not to assume that it is entirely accurate or complete (“A more critical spirit slowly developed, so that Cicero and his friends took more than the proverbial pinch of salt before swallowing everything written by these earlier authors,” 1943). The expression has been found in print in English starting in the mid-17th century, though it is probably much older."

How to Conjugate Verbs

How to Conjugate Verbs:

"Deciding on the right conjugation can be confusing. This guide on how to conjugate verbs provides a clear six step process to help. Here's a quick overview of the process with helpful articles for each step of the way:

Action Happening?
Simple, Continuous or Perfect?
Auxiliary verb?
Main Verb?
Verb Form?

Put all the steps together with the how to conjugate verbs worksheet, and you'll find conjugating much easier."

Sticks and Stones? Words Are Worse...

"Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me" is a children's rhyme. After watching this video, do you think that is true?

If I Didn't Have You (Billy Crystal & John Goodman) - Monsters, Inc

(Sulley)If I were a rich man
With a million or two
(Mike)I'd live in a penthouse
In a room, with a view
(Sulley)And if I were handsome (No way)
It could happen
Those dreams do come true
I wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have you
Wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have
Wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have
Wouldn't have nothin'
(Mike)Can I tell you something?
For years I have envied (You green with it)
Your grace and your charm
Everyone loves you, you know? (Yes I know I know I know)
I must admit it
Big guy you always come through
I wouldn't have nothin if I didn't have you
(Both)You and me together
That's how it always should be
One without the other
Don't mean nothing to me, nothing to me.
(Mike)Ya I wouldn't be nothin', (Aw now)
If I didn't have you to serve
I'm just a punky little eyeball
And a funky optic nerve
Hey I never told you this
Sometimes I get a little blue (Looks good on you)
But I wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have you,
(Sulley)Let's dance (haha)
(Mike)Look Ma! I'm dancin'!
Would you let me lead?
Look at that its two big guys who're light on their feet
Don't you dare dip me don't you dare dip me don't you dare dip me
Ow I should have stretched
(Sulley)Yes I wouldn't be nothin'
If I didn't have you (I know what you mean Sulley because)
I wouldn't know where to go (me too because I)
Or know, what to do (why do you keep singin' my part)
(Both)I Don't have to say it (Aw say it anyway)
Cause we both know it's true
I wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have
I wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have
I wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have
Wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have
(Mike)One more time! Big one!
(Sulley)Don't have to say it
(Mike)Where'd everybody come from?
(Sulley)Oh we both know its true
(Mike)Let`s take it home big guy
(Both)I wouldn't have nothin' if I didn't have
I wouldn't have nothin' if I didn`t have
I wouldn't have nothin' if I didn`t have
You, you, you!
A-E-I-O that means you

A beautiful song full of conditionals.

Old Dogs (Disney Movie)

Idioms revision: "You can't teach an old dog new tricks".

Use of "because" and "because of":
1) Watch the movie segment here
2) Copy this exercise in your portfolio and complete the blanks with because or because of.

1. They broke into an enclosure ________ they were not allowed to get in.
2. They got terrified ___________ the gorilla.
3. The gorilla threw a tire at him ______ he was intimidated by the invaders.
4. The penguins attacked them ___________ they were defending their space.
5. The gorilla held him in its arms _________ his small size.
6. He got angry at penguins __________ the attack in the enclosure.
7. A superhero was hired _____________ the birthday party.
8. He wore the superhero outfit ___________ it was the only way to get in the party.
9. He fell into a pond _____ there was a problem with the flying device.
10. Everything he did was ________ his children.

15 trucos útiles para enseñar a tus alumnos a buscar en Google de forma profesional « Los docentes y las TICs

15 trucos útiles para enseñar a tus alumnos a buscar en Google de forma profesional « Los docentes y las TICs:

"Al menos 1 de cada 4 alumnos de Secundaria tiene serias dificultades para buscar por internet a pesar de estar familiarizado con las tecnologías. Parace ser que los alumnos buscan información en Google y se quedan con la primera respuesta que encuentran . A continuación te presentamos 15 trucos útiles para que profesores y alumnos aprendan a buscar en Google como un profesional..."

Lee el artículo completo aquí:

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

I love this song. I used to sing it to my nephew when he was a baby.

Twinkle twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.

When the blazing sun is gone
When he nothing shines upon
Then you show your little light
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.

Then the traveler in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark.
He could not see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

In the dark blue sky you keep,
While you thro' my window peep,
And you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

My Body

Listen and repeat.

Vocabulary: body parts.
Demonstratives: this - these, that - those.

Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds

Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds:

"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."

Make Your Own Monster

Make Your Own Monster Write a description of your monster. Here is mine:

My monster is purple. He has orange eyes and green ears. His hands are blue, his nose is purple and his feet are orange. He can sing and dance, and he is very funny.

Homework: Print or draw your monster and write a description for your portfolio.

Vocabulary: parts of the body, adjectives, colours...

'What I Am' by

Una manera divertida de repasar vocabulario y las estructuras aprendidas, como los comparativos, y de recordarnos que tenemos que creer en nosotros mismos. Believe in yourself!
Si necesitas ayuda con la letra, puedes activar los subtítulos.

Daily Routine - Easy English Reading Activity for ESL Beginners

Daily Routine - Easy English Reading Activity for ESL Beginners:

"Daily Routine - Things We Do Often

We use the present simple tense to talk about things we do often.

This is Christophe. Christophe is Spanish.
He is studying English at college.
Read about what Christophe does on Saturdays, and then do a quiz.

What Christophe Does on Saturdays

Christophe gets the bus into town on Saturday morning.
He meets his friends in town.

In the morning, Christophe and his friends go shopping.
At noon, they have lunch together."

Welcome to My Blog

Years ago I created "Think and Dream in English", a blog for teachers and students, but it has grown a lot and students can find it a little overwhelming so I decided to create another one, more student centred, and this is the result. I hope you like it.