Thursday, March 15, 2018

See you Prof. Stephen Hawking at the stars !

A cartoonist's tribute to Stephen Hawking
 cartoon art by David Hayward

Stephen Hawking died today (March 14), leaving behind a massive legacy of work as an astrophysicist, science communicator, activist, and figure of pop culture admiration."

Rafi Letzter,

Indeed. As a teacher, I would like to remember the physicist and brighter star Stephen Hawking as as an innovative mind, a visionary and creative mind in the field of cosmology. It's my tribute to a man who didn't give up diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21. His courage, persistence and scientific work inspired me as global audiences in the millions. 

Stephen Hawking

"It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven't done badly. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining," 

Hawking, 2005

With his courage, humour, and sapience helped me and all the teachers and practitioners to bring appealing science and humanities into school curriculum.

Curricula became more attractive for students and easier for teachers to enhance skills in formal or informal learning.

‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ 

Stephen Hawking

Oh! Yes, we love teaching, love our students and it will be difficult to be a teacher without passion. 

Prof. Hawking revolutionized completely the concept of science bringing a captivate way to talk about science following the publication of his 1988 popular science book "A Brief History of Time," his most important scientific work was behind him. 

A Brief History of Time
Stephen Hawking, 1988

"In 1988, I was a recipient of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for publishing my short book."

For teachers and students, it was "Hawking’s intuition and wicked sense of humour that marked him out as much as the fierce intellect that, coupled with his illness, came to symbolise the unbounded possibilities of the human mind."

Videos, conferences, books and comic books were awesome resources to include into school lessons.

And his biopic was a huge success! Students and teachers went to the theaters to watch The Theory of Everything.

Based on the 2007 memoir Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen by his first wife, Jane Wilde Hawking. She has written about what it was like to fall in love with and then care for an increasingly disabled and celebrated genius.

The film had a huge impact on students. They loved the film and asked to read the book. We did an interesting cross-curricular project : Languages, Sciences, Music and Multimedia. We were very excited, teachers and students. The project was well suceded and open at the entire school staff.

Stephen Hawking
credits: Bryan Bedder/ Getty Images

As impressionable young students, it was a tremendous thrill to meet such a celebrity and renowned physicist who entered in their classroom through a speech-generating device, books, film or TV series as The Simpson or The Big Bang TheorySo exciting to students. A honour to us as teachers to bring digital resources into our lessons.

As an innovative educator since the 90's it was a joy to share my dreams and projects with my students: practicing formal learning and non formal learning.

“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”

Stephen Hawking
Hawking's most famous paper, Black Hole Explosions?, published in 1974, 44 years, took a hatchet to the whole notion of black holes as physicists had previous understood them. And it was Hawking's first whack at that basic question.

A touching tribute to Professor Stephen Hawking 
by the Telegraph's cartoon Bob Moran

Teachers are always thinking in captivating students mind to a better school performance. So, they understood immediately how science was amazing by the voice and books of Stephen Hawking. And they did incredible experiences. And grew up to his exemple of courage and persistence.
We will miss you Prof. Hawking. But we will follow you looking up at the stars.

"Look up at the stars not, not down at your feet."

Stephen Hawking


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Saturday, March 10, 2018

February in review & Paralympics Games 2018

The world’s eyes are once again turn to PyeongChang this week as the 2018 Paralympic games get under way! 

Paralympic champion Anna Schaffelhuber/ Germany 
Apine Skiing/ Women's Super-G Sitting
credits: PyeongChang2018

80 countries around the world sent their athletes to compete in the games, held from last Friday March 9 to 18 March. 

Marie Bochet/ Golden Medal
credits:  Luc Percival/ NPC France

"I fully share the values of the International Paralympic Committee & I am really proud to be an ambassador of its values: determination, inspiration, courage, equity which highlight the abilities of us all."

Over 670 athletes, including more female athletes than ever before, have the chance to show their skills after years of hard work and training.

Google Doodle Paralympics 2018

The lineup of the Paralympic games will include: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice hockey, snowboarding, and wheelchair curling. 

Over the next 10 days, more than 80 medals will be awarded across the sports.

The Doodle represents athletes from each of the sports in competition, all racing together to capture a spot on the podium.

Invite your students to follow Paralympics Winter 2018 and their favourite  athletes on social media and on the official website.

Time to stop this wonderful introduction. Let's begin the rundown of the most popular posts in February.

    Here are the most popular posts of the last month:
Schools : Pyeongchang 2018 : Olympic Winter Games & resources

Schools : Let's talk : World Cancer Day ! #WeCanICan : resources

Tribute & sorrow : Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Fla.

Women in Arts : Paula Modersohn-Becker

Le Printemps des Poètes ? L'Ardeur ! Allez ! À participer !

Schools & Families : Safer Internet Day : #SID2018 ! Resources

We are all excited! Don't you?. Bandabithe Paralympic mascot, symbolic of strong and courage is very happy!

Good luck to all and let the games continue!


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Schools : Let's read Gabriel Garcia Márquez : the magical realism !

Gabriel Garcia Márquez/ Gabo
credits: Yuri Cortez/ AFP

"Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable," 

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Lecture, 1982

Today, 6 March marks what would have been the 91st birthday of Literature Laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who was best known for his masterpiece 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'.

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Harper Collins Publishers

"One Hundred Years of Solitude," Gabriel Garcia Marquez's masterpiece, is unique. Nothing I have ever read conveys as it does the magic underlying the most quotidian events and gives even the most extraordinary occurrences an air of mystical inevitability."

Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

García Márquez is special to me: few writers are so intimately associated with a literary style or an imaginative world.

Google Doodles: Gabriel Garcia Márquez 91th Birthday

"Depicted in today's Doodle is this magical city of Macondo, brought to life by the Colombian author, journalist, and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez (affectionately known as Gabo throughout Latin America) in his book, One Hundred Years of Solitude."

Google Doodle

The Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being celebrated by Google Doodle today on what would have been his 91st birthday.

Macondo is represented in the Google Doodle. It was one of the most important themes throughout Gabo's work.
The imagined city lies deep within the Amazonian jungle, separated from the world by a vast expanse of water.

Gabriel Garcia Márquez/ Cién años de soledad

“We have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable,” 

Márquez, Nobel Lecture
for the Nobel Prize in Literature, which he won in 1982.

Some biographic notes:

Gabo was born on March 6, 1927, in Aracataca in Colombia. His parents moved away when he was young and so it was his grandparents that shaped his early years.

"His grandmother, in particular, liked to "treat the extraordinary as something perfectly natural" and she became the source of Gabriel's knowledge of the magical, superstitious and supernatural view of the world."
He showed a passion for writing early on, and studied journalism at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota. 

Márquez in El Espectador (journal)
“I’ve always been convinced that my true profession is that of a journalist. What I didn’t like about journalism before were the working conditions,” 

Paris Review, 1981

Gabriel Garcia Márquez
After more than a decade as a reporter, columnist, foreign correspondent and editor, García Márquez moved his family to Mexico City and launched into his career as a novelist. 

In 1967, he published One Hundred Years of Solitude, which catapulted his literary career to an international stage. 

The book became a touchstone for magical realism, and a defining moment for literature in the 20th century. 

Gabriel Garcia Márquez Nobel in Literature, 1982

The Nobel Prize:

In 1982, he gained the Nobel Prize in Literature  "for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts."

His book One Hundred Years of Solitude has become the definitive work of Magic Realism and is required reading in schools, not to mention his most famous book.

The novel has been translated into a large number of languages and has sold millions of copies. It is still being reprinted and read with undiminished interest by new readers.

Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Penguin Random House

García Márquez became a Nobel laureate even before he wrote some of his other famous works, including Love in the Time of Cholera and Of Love and Other Demons.

García Márquez wrote more than 25 books, including short-story collections, non-fiction works and screenplays.

His books deal with themes like solitude, eternal cycles, political disputes and civil wars, themes present in his life and the life of his country with distressful frequence.

Gabriel Garcia Márquez
credits: Santi Burgos, 1996

He was sometimes called the most significant Spanish-language author since Miguel de Cervantes, the 16th-century author of "Don Quijote" and one of the great writers in Western literature. 

Indeed, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda told once that "One Hundred Years of Solitude" was "the greatest revelation in the Spanish language since the Don Quijote of Cervantes."

Garcia Márquez has also immersed himself into the cinema, helping directors to turn some of his books into films:


In different levels, students begin to read Gabriel Garcia Márquez and his magic realism, short or longer passages and full-length works. It would depend the level you are teaching.

Reading in English or Spanish? It will be your choice as teachers and the Language curriculum you are teaching.

Teachers introduce literary analysis when appropriate. All Languages curriculum emphasize the development reading, writing and critical thinking skills that lead to effective learning. 

The activities also focus on the diversity, history, and culture of the country where Garcia Márquez was born.

Before beginning a book by Garcí­a Márquez, introduce your students to some of the hallmarks of the literary style known as 'magical realism' by exploring what it is not, through comparisons with familiar genres that also use unrealistic elements: fantasy, science fiction, and fairy tales.

Discuss the genre elements their creative depictions display and talk about what these genres have in common and what they do not.

Some of your students have read Isabel Allende very popular among young people.

Ask students to form groups to participate in a collaborative creative discussion about Allende and Márquez reading some excerpts by both writers.

Conoce a Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Monica Beown
Ilustraciones: Raúl Colón

Younger readers:
Can you imagine a shipwrecked sailor living on air and seaweed for eight days? Can you imagine a trail of yellow butterflies fluttering their wings to songs of love? 
Once, there was a little boy named Gabito who could. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is perhaps one of the most brilliant writers of our time. He is a tremendous figure, enormously talented, and unabashedly admired. 
This is his story, lovingly told, for children to enjoy. Using the imagery from his novels, Monica Brown traces the novelist's life in this creative nonfiction picture book from his childhood in Colombia to today. This is an inspiring story about an inspiring life, full of imagination and beauty.

Yo no vengo a decir un discurso
Gabriel Garcia Márquez
"Estos discursos del premio Nobel nos ayudan a comprender más profundamente su vida y nos develan sus obsesiones fundamentales como escritor y ciudadano: su fervorosa vocación por la literatura, la pasión por el periodismo, su inquietud ante el desastre ecológico"


Nobel Prize: Gabriel Garcia Márqez, Biographical, facts, Nobel Lecture, Bibliography, Banquet Speach, Prose, Photo Gallery, other resources.

The digital archive of Colombian-born writer Gabriel García Márquez includes manuscript drafts of published and unpublished works, research material, photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, clippings, notebooks, screenplays, printed material, ephemera, and an audio recording of García Márquez's acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it."

Gabriel Garcia Márquez


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