Showing posts from October, 2007


Looking up the word 'rapport', I come across the following:
noun [S or U]
a good understanding of someone and an ability to communicate well with them:e.g.
We'd worked together for years and developed a close/good rapport.She has an excellent rapport with her staff.(Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

But somehow, this doesn't always seem to work out in the classroom. Dealing with students over roughly eleven years, and based on experiences that other teacher have shared with me, we have to be really quick to understand what makes our students tick and how to bring out the best, not the worst in them.


The PC can be a dangerous addiction. It's amazing how the time passes by when you sit in front of the machine- after checking your e-mails, orkut, MSN, facebook, myspace, ... need I go on? Not to mention youtube, e-mule, and general google searches when doing up a paper for university. So, naturally, we all run the risk of becoming computer potatoes. How long can one sit in front of a PC nonstop? The Guiness will certainly answer that question.

long time no write

Blogging is no easy task. And to be quite honest, I have no idea what to talk about. Things have to change around here, need to make this page a little more sassy.

all kinds of students

What kind of students do you have? Identifying them is never easy. And another thing, as good teachers, are we great students?

mean or median? part 2

What's the difference between mean and median?

median (n.) The midpoint of the range numbers that are arranged in order of value.

mean or median?

What's the difference between mean and median?

mean (mēn) v., meant (mĕnt), mean·ing, means.

[transitive verb]
1. To be used to convey; denote: “‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things’” (Lewis Carroll).
2. To act as a symbol of; signify or represent: In this poem, the budding flower means youth.
3. To intend to convey or indicate: “No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous” (Henry Adams).
4. To have as a purpose or an intention; intend: I meant to go running this morning, but I overslept.
5. To design, intend, or destine for a certain purpose or end: a building that was meant for storage; a student who was meant to be a scientist.
6. To have as a consequence; bring about: Friction means heat.
7. To have the importance or value of: The opinions of the critics meant nothing to him. She meant so much to me.v.intr.

[intransitive verb]
To have intentions of a specified kind; be disp…

proved or proven?

What's the difference between "proven" and "proved"?

prov·en ( v.)
A past tense and a past participle of prove.
prov·en (adj.)
Having been demonstrated or verified without doubt: “a Soviet leader of proven shrewdness and prescience” (Joyce Carol Oates).

v., proved, proved or prov·en

Conclusion: Proved is used a past participle or the Simple Past, while proven can be a participle and adjective at the same time.


Just writing to leave something on the blog. But then I got to thinking: what can I put on this goddamn site to spice it up? I them remember that a colleague asked me today how to say the word "travessa de fogão" in English. The word slipped me and still does....

Prioritising Mistakes

How to get students to be more aware of their errors? And what about getting them to actually work on them? I know that they don't like doing their work over and over again, but hopefully they will wake up to the importance of having revising and rewriting as vital parts of their writing practice. Let's see one month from now...