A Retrospective of my life – 2013 a transforming year…

” Some far away, Some search for gold, Some dragon to slay, 

Heaven, we hope, is just up the road, Show me the way, Lord, 

Because I’m about to explode” 

(lyrics from Atlas – Coldplay)


This year was a very special one for me. And I would like to share with all of you my experience as a Teacher and also as a Student.

In the begining of the year, I had planned a trip to Liverpool (UK) where I would have attend the IATEFL for the first time, however one month before, I was submitted to an emergency surgery and my dream to visit UK had gone away. At first, I felt very disappointed about it, but some good friends “Rose Bard and Roseli Serra” tried tirelessly to cheer me up, they literally carried my World! Well, I saw all the Conference live stream and I learned a lot with Professor David Crystal:


Ken Wilson with “Failure Moments”, Cecilia Lemos with Oral correction, and many others, but one of these sessions that caught my attention it was feautring Luke Meddings and  Burcu Akyol – Unplugged and connected: where ideas meet”  I have read his book months ago and tried to put some ideas in my classroom, in which it was very good and sucessfuly. At the same time, I have started asking some people about the possiblity of another course in Brazil, but just unknown answers. So, I had to wait… and one day talking to my best friend Vicky Loras, I was invited to join a group of Turkish Teachers and she told me about ” ISTEK School 3rd International ELT Conference” and she said it would be live stream… perfect for me: I couldn’t move from my bed and it was the opportunity to watch it and interact with them through twitter, instagram and facebook, of course I couldn’t be there in person, but my words could be In action… I laughed with Jan Blake an amazing Storyteller, and of course an awesome dance performance by The Shaman Dance Theatre 


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it’s impossible don’t fall in love with Turkey and  its people – however, days after the Conference, I watched the horrible action from its government that Turkish people were suffering and many Teachers were writing on their facebook and twitter: “We’re çapulling“. The Turkish protests inspired many people all over the world, including Brazil, some weeks in Rio, São Paulo and all over the Country , people were on the streets screaming for our rights and at the same time Tv Broadcasts were calling many of us “Manifestantes” (Rioters) …

Meanwhile, an e-mail from Braz-Tesol arrived, my waiting was over! It’s the “Teaching Unplugged  Course in Rio” – I hurried up to enroll the course… The day came and I was very happy to attend it not only to learn about “Teaching unplugged, Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux“, but also to share ideas with some good friends: Adriano (My best friend and an amazing Tutor), Shirley, Leonardo, Giselle, Tereza, Alan, Vanuza among others, and  of course with Luke Meddings. We had amazing experiences in the classroom, but also at Parque Lage where we discussed surronded by nature and the Christ with his open arms above us!


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Did you think it was over? Not at all… it’s just begun, Rose Bard, Roseli Serra and some great Educators have inspired me since #RSCON4  like: Malu Sciamarelli, Chiew Pang, Chuck Sandy, Tyson Seburn and Barbara Sakamoto. Below one of my reflection:


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Thus, my PNL was created… Many good educators came across my short ELT experience (before being a teacher, I was a translater and my Conferences were about business not Educational System, Methodology, Approach or Content!!!) and I felt in love!  To confess I submitted myself to do a MA in Public Education in a well-Known University in Rio de Janeiro, let’s see what the future holds.

Nevertheless, I attended a Symposium about  Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) in Washignton DC/USA, what I have been studying and reflecting ideas to develop strategies within students with Autism to engage and motivate them in English Classes (considering Brazilian inclusive content).

So, this was my year, full of theorical, joy and friendship.

I would like to thank each one, somehow you’re responsable for many decisions  that I have chosen to my next year, some of them I have done, but some still demanding time and of course sharing and caring attention!

My Special thanks to my best friends: Rose Bard, Roseli Serra, Vicky Loras, Adriano Santos who supported many crazy ideas, some of them I think that you could considered me CRAZY, but I did it anyway!

Thanks these great Educators: Luke Meddings, Burcu Akyol, Chuck Sandy and Barbara Sakamoto: With your inspiring ideas, I can move on with mine.

And last but not least My people from #BRELTCHAT: Bruno Andrade, Raquel Oliveira, Natalia Guerreiro, Ramon, and among other educators that try to strive for a good Education in Brazil! YOU ROCK!!!

By the Way: The Song – Atlas by Coldplay – it helped me a lot with my sleepless nights and give me strength to go on



Iatefl website and British Council.



Eleven! Tagged by @vickyloras


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What a good surprise!! I have been tagged by Vicky Loras who I admire a lot and I  am anxiously waiting to meet face-to-face in 2014!!!

So here it is the challenge:

 if you are tagged, here is what you need to do:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.

Let’s starts:

  1. I am crazy about music… I used to play Guitar and Piano in my sweet sixteen! Now I play Guitar Hero with my kids!
  2. I have a fantastic family,  two kids and my husband whom are my inspiration…
  3. I love driving even in traffic jam!
  4. I love cinema… principally Tarantino’s films and my favorite actor is Ewan McGregor.
  5. From Barcelona – Spain to Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
  6. My name came from Elvis’s Presley Wife, whom my father was a huge fan.
  7. My mom was an english teacher, and she is my inspiration to be a teacher as well.
  8. I am an only child… YES! I LOVE IT!
  9. I used to work in a Newspaper in Brazil as ad translater and because of that I read everyday 3 different Newspapers in 3 languages (Portuguese, Spanish and English)
  10. I never drink alcohol but I love coffee, and pepsi sometimes Fanta (Orange flavor).
  11. I graduated with a Bachelor in Language Degree (Latin, yes from Virgil  – The Aeneid)  but I never taught Latin!

And  now I will answer Vicky Loras’s questions:

1.If you were not an educator, what line of work would you imagine yourself in?

Af first, The art of teaching is in my blood, many people from my family including my mother was a Teacher and when I decided to enroll the university, I knew that Teaching was a “calling”. However, things changed in the way and I felt in love with translation, so if I weren’t a teacher I would be a translater.

2.Which person in ELT would you like to meet in person and why?

I would like to meet not just one person, but 4 and here They are: Rose Bard, Roseli Serra, Vicky Loras and Juan Uribe… They were my first friends in ELT communities. I learn everyday with them and They are simply the best!!

3.What new activity / hobby would you like to start?

I will take in January surfing Lessons… so let’s see how’s going to be, I know it is not easy but I will try!

4.Which is the best book you have recently read? Why? 

Well, This year was the most theorical one; I have read some books about Critical Pedagogy:  Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux and  Michael Apple; These readings have engaged me to search and change my point of view about teaching in my Country.

5.If you decided to write a book, what would it be about?

I would write a guide to help teachers to deal with students with “Special Needs” in Brazil. We are so far away for “including” these kids in our society even in our school. Thus, Most of “novice” teachers do not know how to deal or work with these kids. I had good and hard situations that would help out teachers to engage and motivate them to learn.

6.If you could change one thing in the world, what would that be?

It’ a difficult and challenge question, It’s so complicated to change peoples mind. I reckon that the change must begin within us (in our family and after spreading over our neighborhood, city, State and Country) our actions can change poverty, hunger, illness but if we really intend to do it by heart!

7.Which is the nicest destination you have visited so far and why?

I have been in my part of the World, but the nicest destination is a place called San Marino. It’s the oldest Country in the World and it’s where my husband family came from… It’s a pleasant place to visit and sooooooo small too.

8.What is your favourite song this period?

It’s Atlas by Coldplay

9.What is your favourite and least favourite food?

My favorite is Hot Philadelfia…. So delicious!!! and the least vegetable soup… I can’t eat!!!

10.Which is the next conference you plan to attend?

Braz-Tesol in João Pessoal and after it I will go to the beach!!! It’s the place of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil!!!

11.With whom from the PLN was your first meeting in person? What was it like?

I haven’t had the pleasure to meet them face-to-face, but I hope this day could come  soooo soon!!!

Here are the bloggers I’d love to see take up the challenge, if they would like to:

Rose Bard

Ozlem Yagcioglu

Juan Uribe

Shirley Rodrigues

Malu Sciamarelli

Ika Chieka

Nihal Hamandar

Marisa Pavan

Roseli Serra

Bruno Andrade

Natalia Guerreiro

Here it is my questions:

1- What is your favorite movie?

2- What is/ was the most challenging moment in your career?

3- Would like to teach in another country?

4- What was the most memorable moment in a Conference that you had been?

5- What could you do if you had to teach in a public school in the country side of your Country?

6- What is your favorite band?

7- Do you have a special song? If does, what is the name?

8-How many languages do you speak?

9- Did you have a teacher that inspire you?

10- How many books did you read this year?

11- What “Teaching” is in your point of view?

I learned a lot with you guys, looking forward to hearing from you…

Big Hug and Happy Holiday!