Music in the Classroom

Music in the Classroom

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Hello and happy Saturday. I have talked about how I love playing music in class while my students work because I think that puts everyone in a good mood. That post was written when I was teaching younger students and the technological status was different.

When I started teaching high school, I didn’t really see the music thing as an option the way it used to be, which I think did affect the general mood, but it was a situation that had to do with the lack of resources in the classroom, and I couldn’t do much about it. I couldn’t play music on an everyday basis, but what I could do was include songs as part of the lesson.

One of the things I remember most about one of my school teachers was that he gave us the lyrics to songs, and had us complete them as we listened. Then, he included a writing prompt at the end for us to work individually, and that was it. That was the lesson. I worked with my babies using songs, but it was a much more simple approach than what my teacher used to do, so that was one of the things I took advantage of when given the chance to work with high school.

With ninth grade, the topic was Social and Environmental Issues, so when we were still working on the environment, I played for them Bloom by Troye Sivan. I copied the lyrics of the song and took out words related to nature and the environment, like garden, waters, and fountains. The first thing they had to do was try and complete the lyrics with what they thought was correct, before listening to the song. I wrote their predictions on the board and then played the song.

A suggestion for when you’re creating materials is to number the gaps, so that students know which is which. After that, we heard the song once, the students got the chance to correct or confirm their guesses and then we socialized them. We played the song again, but that time I had the students sing, and they loved it. They actually asked me to play it over and over again.

After that, we did an exquisite corpse in small groups. This is the activity in which one person writes a word, a sentence, or a paragraph, and passes the story to the next person, who can only read the last part of what was written, and so on. My students wrote very short stories, but the condition was that they had to include the vocabulary words from the song, so the words that were missing and that they had to write.

With tenth grade, we were working on health and wellness, so of course I picked The Cure by Lady Gaga. The song work itself was the same as with ninth grade. First they tried to guess, then they heard the song and corrected or confirmed their guesses, and finally we all sang. Now, I had more time with this class than I did with ninth grade, so I had them get into groups and write a response to this song. And then perform. A group of girls actually made a choreography, and they were so into it.

A suggestion that I would give you, especially if, like me, you work with English Language Learners, is to show students the lyric video so they can follow along even if they don’t understand everything that is being sung. What other adaptations do you suggest to work with songs in the classroom? Let me know in the comments.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

August Thankful Thursday

August Thankful Thursday

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Hello and happy Thursday. I am currently in a summer house two hours away from where I live and it’s pouring outside, but I just love being here and not in Bogota. I plan on having very intense reading sessions, and that makes me super happy. Let’s get started, shall we?

August 5th, 2015 

#1117: Doing my nails for Back to School.

Going back to school for me was a whole event for me, and I would prepare by taking some time for myself and doing the things I liked the most. Doing my nails was definitely one of those activities.

August 11th, 2017

#1148: Power naps and skipping Pilates

On August 11th I’m almost certain I’d already gone back to work, which means that this power nap I took and the Pilates class I skipped took place in the afternoon. I used to love Pilates, and I think I’d still love it if I went back, but there’s something about working out in the afternoons that drains my body from all sources of energy. Besides, power naps always sound like a good choice.

August 17th, 2017

#1176: Lunchtime with my pre-k babes

I could get into long debates with other people who argue that lunchtime should be a moment where teachers can be alone and unwind. I’ve had it both ways, and let me tell you, it all depends on the kids. I worked at a school where I’d sit with eleven or twelve pre-k boys, me on one end, the homeroom teacher on the other, and everything worked just fine. Nobody yelled, cried, or threw their food anywhere. (You thought I was going to say “nobody threw up,” huh? That happened, but not as often as you’d think.) It was a nice moment because the boys would eat and they’d tell me all these crazy things, and that made me happy.

August 20th, 2017

#1191: Discovering a new YouTuber. 

I have no idea whom I’m talking about here, but judging by the year, I’d say I was referring to a BookTuber. I then got disenchanted by them and even posted about that in a post creatively titled “Why I No Longer Follow Any BookTubers.” I’ll have to give you an update on that one.

August 26th, 2017

#1124: Finally being done with a coloring project. 

So you’re telling me that coloring mandalas is supposed to relax you, not stress you out even more? Oops, I suppose I’ve been doing it all wrong. No, but in all seriousness, the satisfaction that finishing a mandala brings to my soul can only be compared with finishing a post series or uploading a TpT product to be sold.

What are five things that made you happy this month? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

December 2018 Owlcrate

December 2018 Owlcrate

 

Hello and happy Wednesday. This is what happens when you plan to write a post way in advance: you end up forgetting everything you had gotten by the time you actually get to sit down and write. Luckily, I saved the card we get that says all the goodies I got inside my Owlcrate for the month of December 2018. The theme for that month was “power of illusions,” and you know I love me some magic tricks.

Do you see that cute little candle right there? I love the lavender color, but I especially love its scent. As you might know by now, I don’t light candles in my room, but my mom and my sister do, so this cutie from Flick the Wick made my sister’s room smell like a dream. Honestly, every time I went inside, I had to take the unlit candle and give it a sniff. I wish there were a perfume that smelled like that, I’d totally wear that.

Because it was the December box, we got an ornament from Juniper and Ivy Designs. Now, in my house, we no longer decorate the house for Christmas, but I have my wooden ornament from this box, as well as the one we got in 2017 with the Everything Everything quote hanging from my corkboard. And yes, when I get my place and decorate for Christmas, these will for sure be my ornaments.

I got a magnet from Ink and Wonder Designs, which is now accompanied by three other magnets that I’ve gotten from Owl Crate. I love how these boxes have led me to have collections of cute stuff all over.

Judging by the stuff I’ve hauled and what’s still left for me to talk about, I can surely say that this box went above and beyond. The next item I got was a tote bag from Stella Bookish Art. Now I believe that this is the third tote back I’ve gotten from Owl Crate, and I love using these instead of plastic bags. I will have to go through all my tote bags and maybe get rid of some because I have too many by now.

The next item is one I use every single day, and it’s the magical monthly reading planner. I believe that the improvements made from the planner they sent out the previous year to this one were spot on. I love my planner with the passion of one thousand burning suns, and I even made a post about how I use it. This was made in collaboration with Blue Star Press.

This is not listed in the spoiler card, but I’m sure you can see it in the thumbnail. It is a sneak peek of King of Fools by Amanda Foody. I don’t know what this book is about, but I will read what I was sent and let you know what I thought about it.

Finally, we have the book, Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene. This book was actually signed by the author, which is even cooler than getting a signed bookplate. Additionally, we have an exclusive Owl Crate cover. I don’t know anything about it, so you’ll have to wait for my review once I’ve read it. With the book, we got a necklace and you know that I’m a total sucker for jewelry.

What is one thing you’d like to get in an Owl Crate, and one you can totally do without? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Makeup For A Family Meeting

Makeup For A Family Meeting

Hello and happy Monday. Before doing this look, I’d been playing with lots of color in preparation for a post that will come to you soon, and that I’m very excited about. Last Sunday, however, I had a kid’s birthday party on the countryside, which made me go for this very natural but also very resistant makeup look. I think it held on quite nicely throughout the day. Below are the steps I followed to achieve it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Stick contour
  3. Foundation
  4. Concealer
  5. Powder
  6. Mauve (crease)
  7. Light pink (eyelid)
  8. Brown (outer corner)
  9. Brown eyeliner (tightline and top lash line)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Mauve blush
  13. Highlighter
  14. Lipgloss

Do you have any tricks to help your makeup look last longer? Tell me about them in the comments.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Buying 99 Cent Bottoms on ThredUp

Buying 99 Cent Bottoms on ThredUp

Hello and happy Sunday. Last week I showed you three tops I got for 99 cents at ThredUp, and today I bring you all the bottoms. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

Merona Casual Skirt

Estimated Retail Price: $23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tailor New York Skirt

Estimated Retail Price: $18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Eagle Skirt

Estimated Retail Price: $40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unbranded Skirt

Estimated Retail Price: $36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merona Casual Skirt

Estimated Retail Price: $23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Navy Casual Skirt

Estimated Retail Price: $27

 

 

 

 

 

 

BCBG Generation Skirt

Estimated Retail Price: $38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.F.A New York Pants

Estimated Retail Price: $24

 

Would you pay the estimated retail price for any of these items? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

The BFG Study Pack

The BFG Study Pack

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Hello and happy Saturday. I finally read The BFG by Roald Dahl and I’m super excited to share with you all the resources I made so that you can study this novel in class with your kids. I don’t know about you, but I feel that books like this are meant to be in the classroom, with kids doing funny voices and sound effects, and there’s so much to do with it.

As usual, I created a novel study. I think of this as a booklet that you can download, print, and give your students to develop in class as you read. The questions and other exercises were made thinking about elementary students, and the limited time you might have in your classroom to work with this resource.

If you feel like you probably won’t be using all the questions or that a whole novel study with spaces to record answers is too much, especially for larger classrooms, then you can get the question list. I think that is going to give teachers more flexibility to study the book. You can just select a few questions, or use them as prompts to elicit writing or speaking. You can quiz your students with one question…it’s up to you. The questions are the same as the ones in the novel study, so you don’t need both resources.

There is a movie version of The BFG, and maybe you want to watch it with your class and do something “academic” afterwards. You can get the movie study as well and take advantage of the learning opportunities of watching movies in class.

Now, if you don’t want to do traditional book studies but you still want to work on the novel, you can get Talk Like a Giant. It is a glossary with “giant” words from each chapter of the book. The idea is that students write the definition in their own words, or a sentence using the word, and that they make a drawing. I think this is a fun way to work on writing skills and fluency.

If everything I just listed sounded awesome and you want it all, you can get the study pack. You get all the resources I’ve explained for a discount price. That means that you’ll pay less than if you got them separately.

As always, if you download any of these products, send me a message and let me know how you used them in your classroom. In the comments below tell me about other products you’d like to see in my TpT store.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Your Yearly Dose of Levithan

Your Yearly Dose of Levithan

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Hello and happy Wednesday. If you’ve been here around, then you know that I absolutely adore David Levithan and that throughout the years I’ve read my fair share of his works. I especially admire his originality and his way of making every story unique. The Realm of Possibility, which is the latest book I’ve read by him, doesn’t disappoint.

The stakes were clearly high because as I mentioned, I love this author and I have been reading his books for almost five years now. I have literally grown up with them, although I haven’t really matured much in these years. This book is super short, only a little over two hundred pages and it is written in verse, so I think it would be perfect for someone who is still in the process of getting into reading, or for someone who wants a quick read. This will definitely help to get you out of a reading slump.

David Levithan’s stories usually have a heavy LGBTQ* component, I think that’s his staple, and he does it really well. Along with Nina LaCour, I believe he is the best author I’ve read when it comes to LGBTQ* representation.

The Realm of Possibility is divided into sections, and each section has a set of poems from different characters, so each individual poem tells a story. All the characters attend the same high school, so we’re really being told parts of one big story. I think this is a super complex task that can easily go wrong, but the author did an amazing job of giving each character their own voice and style; each poem is unique.

There are descriptions of what seems to be an eating disorder. This is only present in two of the poems, so if you really want to read this book but are sensitive to this issue, maybe ask someone to read it before you do and tell you which poems are so that you can skip them. You won’t be missing out on key pieces of information.

What is a YA author that you have loved for years? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila