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The Ultimate Trial… Examen de Ingreso al Servicio Profesional Docente. Ingles para Primaria. THAT’S REAL! 2017-2018

At least on my state, this last month has been a rollercoaster of events. Finally, after teaching for 12 years in elementary on HONORARIES bases. It’s here.


I am excited yet petrified. I have a lot to study.

For my fellow and friend, HERE you have the almost complete bibliography to study.

NOTE: Most of the books are complete, so check the pages you need to study. NOT THE WHOLE THING!

Dimensión 1: Un docente que conoce a sus alumnos, sabe cómo aprenden y lo que deben aprender.

Dimensión 2: Un docente que organiza y evalúa el trabajo educativo, y realiza una intervención didáctica pertinente.

Dimensión 3: Un docente que se reconoce como profesional que mejora continuamente para apoyar a los alumnos en su aprendizaje.

Dimensión 4: Un docente que asume las responsabilidades legales y éticas inherentes a su profesión para el bienestar de los alumnos

Dimensión 5: Un docente que participa en el funcionamiento eficaz de la escuela y fomenta su vínculo con la comunidad para asegurar que todos los alumnos concluyan con éxito su escolaridad.


Almost all printed. That’s a lot to read!


Posted by on May 20, 2017 in 1st cycle, 2nd cycle, 3rd cycle, Misc



Finally, Kindle in my hometown

As a bookwork-bookeater since Harry Potter 4 back in 1999, I had found myself without room for more books. Thereby, I had to take a different approach to keep my reading addiction.


In 2010, I was lucky enough to go to Tucson and bought a Kindle in $125 dollars and for a while I was really really happy. I easily read like 20 books before the keyboard got stock. Luckly, my father conviced me to buy an insurance and I got my money back no questions asked. I used the money to buy a tablet and for a while everything was right in the world.


It wasn’t until 2013 when the itch started to ache again and I wanted an e-reader again. So I went to Tucson on the Black Friday and I bought Nook Simple Touch… well, not only one but 2. The other one was for another bookeater: my niece. Well, it was in $ 40 dollars each. (Sadly no longer in existence)


Last year (2014), I returned to the Black Friday with the whole intention of buying lots of clothes and also the newest Kindle for $50 dlls (wifi with special offers… great deal!) I am extremely pleased with my Kindle and I love the dictionary features. A student bought one too and we got our covers together.


Last week, I went to my local Sam’s Club and I just ran into this. A Kindle stand, right here in Mexico. (HURRAY!!!)


It’s the Paperwhite version that glows in the dark and it costs $ 120 dollars or $2,399 pesos in and Sam’s Club.

Since it’s Sam’s Club, you can buy in interest-less monthly payment using your credit cart. It might sound a little pricy but I had squeezed each cent.

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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Misc


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When Lightning Strikes

Totally cute!

Confessions of a Pop Culture Fanatic


I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. – Socrates

When I’m not busy thinking deep, geeky thoughts about why the DC “Cinematic Universe” (with sarcasm quotes because they have ONE mediocre movie, some Amazonian concept art, a rumor of Aquaman who isn’t even Vincent Chase… and Ben Affleck in a cowl) can’t get its act together as tightly as they have over at Marvel, I keep myself occupied teaching middle school social studies and attempting to keep the collapse of Western Civilization at bay for a few more decades by beseeching my young charges to “READ a freakin’ BOOK!! A fairy tale!! A comic book, ANYTHING!!”

Sometimes, I get sneaky and I compel them to read. For actual, academic credit. And when I’m feeling especially subversive – I get them to LIKE it.

Now, I can’t take complete credit for this: I have a willing collaborator…

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Nook Simple Touch


My niece posing

I haven’t mentioned my Turkey day extravaganza purshase: my new Nook Simple Touch. It was half price for Black Friday Special (from $79 to $39 dlls) and the cover on special too (from $25 to $10 dlls). Right it in $55 dollars, if you find it. I went two weeks ago to the Barnes & Noble in Tucson and it was SOLD OUT.

So far, I have read:




Currently readings:


Future readings:

If you have a table or smartphone using Android, you can read ebooks too using some apps like:

If you want a book in EPUB format, send me a comment.

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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Misc


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Fanfiction – Definition and Ideas

I am an avid reader also an awesome mom, teacher, wife and blogger, but that’s not the point.

I will say loud and clear one of my biggest guilty pleasures: Fanfiction.

What is it?

According to the ever amazing Wikipedia: It’s a broadly defined fan labor term for stories about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, rather than by the original creator. Works of fan fiction are rarely commissioned or authorized by the original work’s owner, creator, or publisher; also, they are almost never professionally published.

In other words, stories made by the fans based on their favorite original work or at least using the characters or universe.

Why use it?

  • It’s ever growing and some are incredible not so shabby. According to rumors and Wikipedia, the best selling trilogy 50 shades was originally a fanfic of Twilight. I agree, I read the books and I swear you just change the names and it is.
  • It’s natural and real.
  • It’s free.
  • It has different lenghts and genres.
  • Students have a choice according to their favorite piece of original work like cartoons, anime, manga, movies, books, etc.

Teaching uses:

  • Read and make a review.
  • Write your own. You might have a best selling author in your hands and you don’t know
  • Find errors in grammar and spelling. Trust me are some with a LOT.


The BEST PLACE to look here:

I found this cool article to read to: The Growing Phenomenon of Fanfiction: A new Marketing Tool?

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Posted by on March 6, 2014 in 4th cycle, Misc


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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


The story is superb and funny. Written a long time ago back in … Douglas Adams (RIP) took his story for radio and stretched it into 4 books. For more wiki info, click here.

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There is movie for the first book, which I adore.

For older students, it’s not the typical saga (Hunger Games, Twilight, Percy Jackson, Lord of the Rings, etc).

Possible activities:

  • Watch movie and do activies at ESL galaxy (there are other movies too)
  • Write better entry for Earth at the Hitchhiker’s Guide.
  • Make list of items to take to space.
  • Describe a planet to visit.
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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in 4th cycle


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A friend of mine retweet this page.

It’s a good idea. It’s an online tool to write books. It uses the engine of wordpress which I am very familiar with, so it’s like blogging.

  • You can add and organize content, also pictures and links.
  • You can publish online (like blogs) or export into PDF and eBook for kindle and nook.
  • The only bad thing is that there are not plenty of choices of fonts and format, unless you customize the CSS (I have not idea how to do that)
  • The best part that it’s free.

I have been using it. It’s looks good.


Posted by on November 21, 2013 in 4th cycle


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The Raven, The Simpsons style (200th post)

We are getting near to Halloween.

On The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror I, the third story is the animated version of the poem: The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.

I used this video to introduce the poem. (Also I found a Spanish version video)


This is the post to celebrate my 200th post.

Thank you for everything. It has been almost 2 years on this endeavor. Sleepless nights thinking how to do this and that. Countless hours on the computer searching, making, writing, checking stats and reading comments.

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Posted by on October 21, 2013 in 4th cycle


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E-readers, just thoughts

E-readers and e-books are the trend that is changing our reader lives.

All started before the millennium with a device called Rocket eBook, which didn’t work as it was supposed to. HOWEVER, the true media frenzy started only a couple of years ago in 2007 with the release of 1st Generation Amazon Kindle and Sony PSR-500 (this model was originally released in 2006)

From that moment the literacy industry has changed.

Some are pro-gadget to save trees, easy readings storage and easier dictionary usage. (I have half a gigabyte in ebooks… enough to read a lifetime)

Some are against since nothing changes the feel of book weight, the sound of pages turning and the smell of a brand new and hardly anticipated book. I remember that when my Harry Potter set arrived from Uk (Adult cover from Bloomsbury). Total bliss!

I read both ways. I had my Kindle 3rd generation and now own my Nook Tablet, and I read my beloved books in printed edition.

The awesome blog Tiny Text posted about a Bookless Library. Read about it in here.

I won’t deny the advantages that e-readers have for education.

An organization named Worldreader is giving e-readers loaded with textbooks and literature books to improve learning in Africa

If you are thinking to buy an e-reader, go with e-ink for two reasons:

  1. Tablets, smartphones and apple products are a distraction. Are you going to read a book when you can play Angry Birds or watch videos on Youtube?
  2. E-ink is cheaper and trust you are going to read with it… I love my nook but I used more for Internet and blogging that reading.

I know you are probably thinking that a tablet is more productive that a e-ink reader. I don’t deny it, it has advantages.

HOWEVER, e-ink readers aren’t dead just yet. Check post Why E-Readers Aren’t Doomed

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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Misc


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Early reader science book: What is an Insect?

For 3rd graders, this is fantastic and easy way to start, introduce or warm up the Guide of Curious Questions.

This is totally handy for lower grades.

I took the idea of What is an insect? by Susan Canizales and Mary Reid. I made my homemade version to read along with the students. Then I decided to expand my homemade version into a series:


  1. Let students color the pictures (optional)
  2. Cut the dotted line.
  3. Fold in half
  4. Staple

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in 1st cycle, 3rd Grade


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