Monday, March 23, 2009

The Right Family

I just found a very nice activity, which has been sitting on my hard drive for a while.

The Right Family
Objective: to stress the importance of active listening
Materials: one possible object/pen per player
Description: Have the sts stand in circle. Explain them that every time they hear the word'right', they are to pass the object in their hands to the person on their right. Every time they hear the word'left', they are to pass the object in their hand to the person on the left. Practice a few times.

Read the following story to the students:

Active Listening

'This is the story of the Right Family. Last night, the Right family went to see a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. They left the house at six o'clock , right after the family finished dinner. Mr. Right drove everyone to the game in the red family van, which is always parked on the left side of the garage.
In the van were Mrs. Right, Bobby Right, Katie Right , and Joey Right.
As they drove down their street, Mrs. Right waved to Lisa, their neighbor, who lives two houses down on the left. She was watering her garden on the right side of her house.
As the Right family approached Fenway Park, Mr. Right exclaimed: " I can't remember where I where I left the tickets." Joey Right said: 'Dad I saw you put them in your right hand pocket.' Mr Right checked, but thet were not there. Katie said: 'No, Dad, that isn't right, you left the tickets with me for safe keeping. I have them right here in my purse.'
'What a relief,' said Mr Right as he turned left into the stadium parking lot. Joey almost left his baseball glove in the van, but right when Mr.Right was about to lock the doors, he remembered he had left it under his seat.
The Right family had to wait in line for a bit, but finally made it to their seats in left field.
As they sat down, Mr.Right looked to his left at the whole Right family and smiled. He had made the right decision getting the tickets for this game."

Debrief the experience:

What details do you remember about the story?

How did you focus on passing the object affect how well you listened?
What other things distract us when we are trying to listen?

(Source: Coach Seminar, Lancaster, 2003 )

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Just liked that new tool...

Monday, August 08, 2005

CNN News Update

The latest news in the U.S. and around the world is at:

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Zero Assumption Digital Image Recovery

"Zero Assumption Digital Image Recovery is a freeware data recovery tool, specifically designed to work with digital images. It allows you to recover digital photos accidentally deleted from digital camera memory. "

You may download it from here:

Friday, July 15, 2005

Back home from Sweden. I did it as part of an educational trip with twenty kids . We started in Minsk, travelled to Poland by bus , then took a ferry in Gdynya and ended up in Sweden ( Karlskrona)... Wow, it was cool!...

My Flickr account holds the first batch of photos from my trip . The pics are tagged 'sweden'.You can view them here.<

Seems like I've missed a lot, especially Graham Stanley's presentation in TI. Catching up right now.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

English Language Listening Lab Online

For listening practice, check out Elllo which is at:

"There you can listen to accents from English speakers from all over the world, test your comprehension with a quiz, and read along at the same time."

Elllo provides a collection of audio by learner's level ( high beginner / low intermediate / high intermediate / advanced )

Thanks Aaron for a great link!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

On Sunday, May 8 Andy Pincon and the Webheads in Action were hosting a free online virtual eConference compliment to the 23rd Tutor Mentor Conference which will be held at Northwestern University's Law School from May 12-13.

The Tutor Mentor eConference has been designed to fit into each international time zone and be convenient for the regional presenters and their regional audiences. Great idea , Andrew!

The session started with Michael singing live from Adelaide, Australia. He brought up a page with the words and did the Webheads favorite song. It was great! ' Happy on Line' has become a webheads hit. Buthaina and Daf started dancing. Wow!!! Bravo Michael.

It was great to meet again, Maggie, Vance,Teresa, Buthaina, Bee, Daf and many other Webheads. We also met Dan Bassill .

While in session, Elizabeth and I hooked up our webcams and took a couple of shots:

I missed Elizabeth and Mario's presentation dealing with Real Video. I started having some major problems with my connection and could not log in again.

Some useful links to check out: