Reading Strategies 

Para nos tornarmos bons leitores, lendo por prazer, estudo ou trabalho, precisamos desenvolver algumas ferramentas fundamentais durante o processo de leitura. 

Aqui segue um texto com boas dicas sobre isso. Boa leitura!
We previewed the content of the texts by looking at information that stands out (again, key words, images, etc.) and, using our existing knowledge, we predicted what was likely to be discussed in the texts.
Reading strategies are plans and techniques we develop in order to understand written texts, we shall divide them in Before, During and After strategies.
Before: We preview any information that stands out from the text as a whole and predict its main topic. We can then make some assumptions on the vocabulary we expect to find.
During: This very much depends on our objective in reading the text. We may be happy with getting just the gist, or we may need to obtain some specific data or information, or perhaps we are only looking for one or two key words, and so on. In other words, we read for different aims and these aims determine the strategy that we will use during reading. Normally, we will apply the following strategies:
SKIMMING: to look for the general idea.
SCANNING: to look for specific information, e.g. names, places, figures.
INTENSIVE READING: to read in details for a specific learning purpose or task.
EXTENSIVE READING: to read for enjoyment.
After: We verify if our predictions were correct, evaluate arguments, data, style, etc, compare and contrast what we have just read with other similar texts or our pre-existing knowedge of the topic.
Remember, these strategies aren’t always clear-cut before, during and after. Sometimes, especially as we become more proficient readers, we may mix them, skip them or adapt them to our needs.



A Espiral do Questionamento 

Exploring the spiral of inquiry

The spiral of inquiry is an approach to professional learning that begins with a problem or situation in the classroom. It requires support and uses a collaborative approach (i.e. teachers, learners, school leaders etc.) to contribute. It focuses on two key questions:
What’s going on for our learners?

How do we know?

Scanning: In this phase we observe our learners and watch them carefully. As you teach, spend some time during the lesson to stop and look: What do you notice about your learners? Are they all engaged? How do you know?
Focussing: In this phase we decide what area to concentrate on so that it will make a difference to our learners. It is important to bring in other colleagues and approach this collaboratively. For example, do you need to ask more open-ended questions to develop their critical thinking skills?
Developing a hunch: In this phase we ask the question: How am I contributing to this situation? Is there something I need to learn? Remember that a “hunch” may not be 100% correct and once again, needs feedback from colleagues and peers. We may also need to “test” out a couple of hunches in (for example) peer observations to see what the real issues are.
New learning: In this phase we build on the previous one and answer the questions: What do I need to learn and where can I find the information I need? This is where continuing professional development activities like joining a community of practice or attending a course will help.
Taking action: In this phase we answer the question: What can I do differently to make enough of a difference? It is also trying out the new approach in the classroom and evaluating whether or not it worked. Remember: genuine inquiry needs space to take risks, make mistakes and try again – and again.
Checking: In this phase we answer the question: Have we made enough of a difference? At this point, we could also explore new points of action…and so the spiral continues, going back to the scanning phase.
Text adapted from: Timperley, H, Halbert, J and Kaser, J. (2014) A framework for transforming learning in schools: Innovation and the spiral of inquiry, Centre for Strategic Education, Victoria

Como se preparar para uma entrevista de trabalho 

Most people feel a bit nervous before an interview. The good news is that most interviews have similar types of questions so usually you can think about your answers beforehand and prepare what you want to say.
Here are a few examples of some questions they might ask you at the interview and ideas on how to answer them. Get practising!
• Tell me about yourself. 

You mustn’t talk about your family and life history. You must refer to your job-related skills and qualities.
• What do you know about the type of work we do? 

You must show you know a lot about the company, so it’s important to do lots of research before the interview.
• What things do you do well? 

You have to use this opportunity to talk about your skills and show that you’re the right person to work for them. Note down some ideas before the interview.
• What areas do you feel you need to improve? 

You don’t have to talk about anything negative in detail. Try to think about areas you’re already trying to improve. So, you can end in a positive way like: ‘I’m definitely getting better’, or ‘I’m going to do a course later this month.’
Practical interview tipsEven though it may seem very simple or obvious, Tom pointed out several practical things that Greg could do to prepare for his interview.
Dress code

– Interviews are typically formal, so it’s important to dress formally. 

– Plan ahead, and make sure you have something appropriate to wear. 

– Don’t wait until the day of the interview to find suitable clothing.
Getting there 

– Always confirm the exact address and location of your interview. – How long will it take you to get there and how are you going to get there? 

– It’s best to arrive a little early for your interview; about 15 minutes early is about right.

– You want to make a good impression on the day. 

– When you go into the interview room, introduce yourself and shake hands with the interviewers. 

– Try to remember to sit up straight. – Make eye contact. 

– Be friendly and be polite.

– Make a short list of details you’ll need to remember on the day. For example, remind yourself to switch off your mobile phone before going into the interview. 

– It’s useful to bring a notebook and pen with you.

– It’s a good idea to learn as much as you can about the company. 

– Do some research online and, if possible, talk to someone who already works there.
Prepare Answers

-There are key questions that most interviewers ask. They’re designed to find out what type of person you are, and what kinds of things you’re good at doing. 

– It’s very important to plan your answers in advance.

Good luck!

Source: Future Learn 

Final de semana

Você sabe como se referir de maneira correta usando a expressão fim de semana? Sabe usar as preposições específicas? 

As regras do uso correto das preposições quando mencionamos dias da semana ou fim de semana são bem específicas. 

Como ou quando devemos usar AT ou ON?

E quando queremos nos referir a semana passada, ou a próxima semana, como devemos dizer?

Segue uma imagem com muitos detalhes e explicações que podem ajudar sobre Final de semana e seu uso correto 

Frases prontas para usar no restaurante

Quando estamos em viagem internacional, sempre nos deparamos com aquele momento crucial de pedir ao garçom o que desejamos ou de entender o que ele está sugerindo.

Como fazer aquelas perguntas sobre como você gosta do ponto da carne, ou o tipo de salada você deseja ou o molho que a acompanha, se você quer mesa pra dois ou se você vai pedir sobremesa?

Seguem algumas frases prontas que podem te ajudar nesse momento complicado.

Memorizem a frase e curtam um 

bom jantar!