Archive for September, 2014

An Online Course I Would Like To Teach


ESL teacher preparation course to teach kindergarten children


This course is for anybody who wants to teach young learners in a kindergarten setting

ASSIGNMENTS/ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW (details are listed below)

You will be introduced to flashcards, dance, story telling, reading, songs, class control, games, using chalkboard



The courses will be mainly video lectures and the assignments will be home made videos of the student in action practicing in front of an imaginary class, if there is no real class available. You run into lots of privacy issues when filming a real class



Flashcards will make up the bulk of the class.


Most kindergarten classrooms have a chalkboard.

drawing fast

First 10 minutes of this video


Games can be made from most things in the classroom


Use very big books or A3 size copies


Use the 2 team competition style as shown here


This is where you use your voice for effect


Here you learn the basic songs

Wheels on the bus, AAA say OK,



I still use VAK and you can see why when you have 20 kindergarten kids in front of you.

In a class it is better to overlap learning styles as this way you can keep most of the kids happy


I use Montessori but there are many theories and philosophies you can follow


Make a video presentation of you the teacher taking an imaginary class


We will set up a time to meet in to have a chat .

I’m there every Sunday after church for a chat One o clock LA time



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Learning Is Only A Click Away Even If You Can’t Get To School You Can Still Get On The Internet

Peter Legrove will now talk about how to use the internet to get an education even if you are physically and learning disabled. The internet and internet education have opened up a brave new world where the slum kids of Calcutta, and wheel chair bound persons, are competing with university educated young adults. All on a level playing field. It is up to you the individual to make a difference in your life. And you can with an internet connected computer. The “Hole in the Wall Project” showed that slum kids can teach themselves English with no teachers, no classrooms and no textbooks. So that means you can too.

If you are physically able to use a computer and a keyboard then education is yours for the asking. Being disabled should not stop you from getting an education. There is a whole world out there in cyberspace that wants to teach you. Admittedly money could be a problem depending on which country you live in and your government programs. You should pick a subject that you like and most importantly a subject you can do with your disability. Don’t try and limit yourself and don’t say you can’t do it before you even try. But with the internet you have to be able to write, so that means sitting on a keyboard, and typing the day away and thinking about what to write. If you can do that you’ll be set up for life. The internet is still text on a page and to put it there you have to type. Video seems to be catching up fast but I don’t think it will surpass the written word. Because you can read faster, a lot faster that watching a video. When I listen to podcasts or educational videos, I use vlc video player and I set the speed at 1.5 or 1.6 times, so I can speed listen and that way it doesn’t take so much time.

If nothing else write a book. If you can write a book and sell it then you will have an income. You should first look at how to sell a book because that is the hard part. On the internet there is heaps of free stuff, but you have to work out yourself what is good and what is a waste of time. Very hard to do. Writing a book is the easy part. Selling it is when the problems arise so that is what you have to learn. But it is a good experience. Anyway nearly everything is free on the internet. I use for my website and with their website builder you can easily make beautiful websites like and it costs you nothing.

Also I am into teaching so is the place to go. You can set yourself up and meet in to teach. It is an amazing place. I went to an inworld teaching conference and there were avatars everywhere. In secondlife avatars are real people so when you see an avatar there is a real person there. If you want to set up a shop or a place to teach on secondlife you will have to pay something but if you just meet in secondlife it is free. I’ve been on secondlife for years now and it has always been free.


The internet is the future and education on the internet is the future. So become part of the future by learning what you want to be, from the internet and setting yourself up on the internet. The best skill I learned on the internet was and now I have set myself up and am trying to get ahead It takes time but it is worth it. So have a go. Get on the internet and see what you can find. On the internet you will find something you can do. You don’t need to work for the man, you can now work for yourself.

The internet is information. You can learn anything you want from the internet. Everything you have wanted to know is only a click away. And if you can’t find what you are looking for, just ask. As they say in the Bible, “Ask and you shall receive.” There are many places to ask, just a click away, like the new site, or the old site, or just plain old There is somebody out there in cyberspace who knows the answer, you just have to ask. Or find a related forum or blog and drop the question. People love helping others and there are some beautiful people out there.
To add more colour to you CV or resume start doing MOOCs. MOOCs are mini courses set up from some of the world’s most famous universities. And they are excellent. I use for all my MOOC needs. There are other MOOC suppliers out there in cyberspace but I like coursera. I have passed the learning curve, so I can get things done with their interface. Just google MOOCs and see what comes up, then pick one that is about ready to start and have a go. Go for the “Certification of Completion with Distinction” and put it up on your CV. A word of warning they can be addictive, but it is better to be addicted to MOOCs than being addicted to MOGs. In my view MOOCs are the future. They seem to have taken on a life off their own, so expect them to be around a bit longer. Anyway check them out and give one a go, they could transform your future.

After you have added to your online CV and or portfolio, you are in the marketplace for work. Set up a profile on Linkedin then head over to Elance and start looking for work. Except on Elance you have to quote for the jobs. There are jobs out there that only require a keyboard and an internet computer and skills and that is it. They don’t even want to know what you look like, or where you live. All they want is the completed task, and if you do it well they will ask for more. But first you need to upgrade your skills, learn to speed type and speed read then cyberspace is yours for the asking.
At the moment we are catching up fast with the future, so be a part of the future.

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The Advantages of Online Courses [Infographic]

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In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness


Interview No. 11: “One-On-One with the Pope” – Francis’ 10 Tips for a Happy Life | NOVUS ORDO WATCH


Bergoglio’s 11th Interview

“One-On-One with the Pope” —
Francis’ 10 Tips for a Happy Life include
“Live and Let Live” and “No Proselytism”

Now UPDATED with full English Translation of Francis’ 10 Steps to Happiness, below

It seems that “Pope” Francis is interested in letting each and every publication in the world have its own special interview with him, and this time (July 27, 2014), it’s for the Argentine Viva, a Sunday supplement to the Clarín newspaper.

At this point, details are still spotty, as almost nothing has yet been published online about the content of the 77-minute interview, which was recorded on video. Entitled “Mano a Mano con el Papa” — “One-On-One with the Pope” — it is an account of journalist Pablo Calvo’s conversation with the Argentine papal pretender.

A few days ago, Clarin had already released a brief teaser clip of the interview. Here it is again:

It is a really good thing that Calvo recorded the conversation on video; this way, no one will later be able to say, “Who knows if these words attributed to the Pope are even accurate?!” — as has been the fashion lately.

One substantial excerpt of the interview’s content has been released online so far, however: Francis has given “10 Suggestions for a Happy Life”, which we share below (in English translation — Spanish original posted here). Now, keep in mind, this is a Modernist speaking, so please proceed with caution — do not expect to find Catholic content here:

  1. Live and let live. “Here the Romans have a saying
    that we can follow like a thread: “Go ahead and let others go ahead
    too.” Live and let live, that is the first step towards peace and joy.”
  2. Giving oneself to others. “If one stays still, they run the risk of being selfish. And still water is the first to spoil.”
  3. Moving like a peaceful oasis. “In Don Segundo Sombra
    there is a beautiful image of someone who reflects on their own life.
    He says that as a youth he was a rocky stream that moved everything in
    its path; as an adult he was a river that moved ahead and that in old
    age he felt in motion, but slowly like a peaceful oasis [“remansado” in
    the original]. I would use the image of the poet and writer Ricardo
    Güiraldes, this last adjective “remansado.” The capacity to move with
    kindness and humility, the peaceful oasis of life. Old people have this
    wisdom, they are the memory of a nation. And a nation that does not look
    after its old people has no future.
  4. Playing with kids. “Consumerism has lead us to an
    anxiety about losing a healthy culture of leisure, reading, enjoying
    art. These days I rarely hear confessions, but in Buenos Aires I used to
    do that a lot and when a young mum came to me, I asked her: “How many
    children do you have? Do you play with them?” And it was a question she
    did not expect, but I said to her that playing with kids is key, it is a
    healthy culture. It is difficult, parents go to work early and at times
    return when the kids are already sleeping, it is difficult, but it has
    to be done.”
  5. Spending Sundays with the family. “The other day,
    in Campobasso, I went to a meeting between the worlds of academia and
    the world of labor, and both were demanding Sundays without work. Sunday
    is for the family.”
  6. Helping young people find employment. “We have to
    be creative with their age group. If there is a lack of opportunity,
    they will fall prey to drugs. And the suicide index among young people
    without employment is very high. The other day I read, but I don’t trust
    it because it is not scientific data, that there are 75 million
    unemployed young people below the age of 25.3 It is not
    enough to feed them: we have to make up one-year courses for them to
    learn plumbing, becoming an electrician or a builder. Bringing bread
    home is what gives you dignity.”
  7. Looking after nature. “We have to look after creation and we are not doing it. It is one of the greatest challenges we have.”
  8. Quickly forgetting about the negative. “The need
    to speak ill of another indicates low self-esteem, in other words: I
    feel so low that instead of rising, I lower the other. Quickly
    forgetting what is negative is healthy.”
  9. Respecting those who think differently. “We may
    trouble others by our testimony, so that we may both progress in our
    communication, but the worst that can happen is religious proselytism,
    which paralyzes: “I dialogue with you to convince [convert] you.” No! Each one
    dialogues from their own identity. The Church grows by attraction, not
    by proselytism.”
  10. Actively seeking peace. “We are living in times of
    many wars. In Africa, wars look like tribal wars, but they are
    something else. War destroys. And the call for peace has to be shouted.
    Peace at times gives the impression of stillness, but it is never
    stillness, it is always an active peace.”


Notice in particular that there is no mention of anything supernatural here; it’s all totally geared towards this earthly life, which must necessarily end, and which is not our eternal destiny, not the reason for our existence. True happiness in this life is
impossible. Would have been nice for him to mention. Then again, not being a Catholic, he wouldn’t understand. He does not speak about God at all, and of course Sundays are only for the “family.”

But our favorite in the above “10 Commandments of Happiness” is point no. 9, in which Bergoglio says: “pero lo peor que puede haber es el proselitismo religioso, que paraliza: ‘Yo dialogo contigo para convencerte’, no” — “but the worst that can happen is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: ‘I dialogue with you in order to convert you.’ No!”

This is definitely a familiar theme with Mr. Bergoglio, who said in January 2014 that “[t]o dialogue means to believe that the ‘other’ has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective. Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the claim that they alone are valid or absolute” (source).

Well then, welcome to Francis’ New Gospel, that of “live and let live”, where the worst thing you can do is try to convince the other that the Catholic Church alone has the absolute truth.

Tom Droleskey has provided an insightful commentary on this nonsense, here:


The July 27 Cover of CLARIN

There is more content of the interview in Spanish at this link. But you’ve probably already read enough.


UPDATE 29-JUL-2014: Some Novus Ordo coverage of the interview has now appeared:



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