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English teacher, mum, blogger, interested in Web 2.0 and its impact on learning, education & literature.



I’m so happy that Malala Yousafazai has won the Nobel Peace Prize, alongside 60-year-children’s right activist Kailash Satyarthi from India.  The youngest Nobel laureate at the age of 17, Malala has already made her mark on history. A tireless advocate for girls’ education, Malala’s first blog in 2009 exposed how the Taliban’s increasing control over the Swat Valley in Pakistan was hindering (= impeding, retarding delaying) girls’ education. Enraged by her courage, the Taliban shot her in the face on a school bus in a failed assassination attempt Oct. 9, 2012.

When I was listening to this 16 year-old girl I felt so empowered by her words that I decided to share her work with my students and make it available on-line to other teachers and friends by writing this post. Malala became a public figure when she was shot by the Taliban while travelling to school in Pakistantargeted because of her committed campaigning for the right of all girls to an education. Flown to the United Kingdom to recover, she is now continues to advocate for every child’s right to education.

“They thought that the bullets would silence us. But they failed,” the teen remarked during her powerful speech at the United Nations this past July. (The UN christened July 14, 2014, as Malala Day.)And then, out of that silence came, thousands of voices. The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. My dreams are the same.”

Watch this beautiful New York Times documentary The Making of Malala told by Adam B. Ellick edited by me by adding some comments and questions to enhance your understanding of details. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

On her 16th birthday, on Friday, 12 July 2013 at the United Nations she gave her first high-level public appearance and statement on the IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION. Her speech has become now a cult. While watching the video find the information written below and be ready to discuss them in class.  If you need it, here’s the written text of her speech.

• Does she feel different after the attack of the Taliban?

• What is the reason of her presence at the Un Assembly?

• How would she react in front of the man who attacked her?

• What leaders does she mention and why?

• Why are the Taliban against education?


  • What is your overall impression of the speech and of Malala’s communication skills?
  • Add some inspiring words or sentences. 

(Thanks to Nella Maccarrone who prepared the worksheet and allowed me to use it here)

Optional: Here’s a video of an interview to her by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (October 9 2013)

Can you think of 8 Ways Malala Made the World Better for Women? Check the link for the answers!

I’d like to end this post with a song I AM MALALA


Look, i wanna make a nation proud
one day we’ll say things loud and be free
with the power of our speech
we can change our world and how it’s perceived
we’ve got doubts and beliefs
but not one thing’s truly out of our reach
don’t tell me the sky’s the limit
cause nothing can pull me down when I dream
i’m working on turning ‘em into a reality and opening eyes
and sharing a vision with every person
who had chose to be blind
i wanna focus their minds
to show that despite we’re broken inside
we can stand powerful together without a cloak or disguise
i hope in the future that I can look back
on a new generation that’s peaceful
that’s grateful they’re equal
cause those before made a change for the people
with paints and an easel we picture perfect
drew our attention to making the most of our time
creating more than useless inventions
i’m only young so I guess it’s down for you to decide
would you choose to fight for what you believe in
would you do what is right if I needed you
would you stand tall with me right here by my side
be the change you want to see, take a look through my eyes

I am Malala
I am infinite hope
I am Malala, I am, I am, I am
I am Malala
I am infinite hope
I am Malala, I am, I am, I am
I am Malala

they say the harder the culture, they say the harder the girl
i say the smarter the girl, then the stronger our world
from a country where we made fortunes
of others misfortunes and betray our own people
then we mourn for a portion of time
always taught to fight for my rights
Malala fought for education then she fought for her life
it’s hard to strive to be better
when oppressed by the suppressors
treated like the lesser, just be clever
ignore the ignorance from the ignorant
society is ridiculous but it’s the world that we living in
chauffeurs our drive and denies our desire
being silent doesn’t help, it adds fuel to the fire
how can somebody young like me even find any truth
when nobody’s looking for truth in the youth
life isn’t a choice, so who are we to say what’s void
and Malala gave a voice to me cuz…

hard work and talent equals infinite growth
in school a child and a teacher equals infinite hope.

I’m sure we’ve all learnt a lot and are ready to continue our daily walk to make this world a peaceful & better place.   NAMASTE! 

FLIPPED CLASSROOM 2014: green light!

Un altro anno scolastico è iniziato e dopo l’iniziale assestamento – nuova aula con nuovo lay-out dei banchi ad isole come sognavo da anni, nuova Lim (da imparare!), nuovi libri di testo digitali, 50 nuovi studenti da conoscere, nuove liste di Gmail, Schoology (Learning Management System) da impostare, è ora il momento di riflettere ed esplicitare il nostro metodo di lavoro con chiarezza e spero semplicità. Avevo iniziato a spiegare in un precedente post “la Classe Capovolta” e durante l’anno ne avevo documentato lo svolgimento inserendo alcuni video coi commenti dei miei studenti di quinta: Flipped in action.

QUESTO POST VA SVOLTO COME SI SVOLGE UN COMPITO (ASSIGNMENT) NELLA FLIPPED CLASSROOM. CONSIDERATELO UNA SIMULAZIONE :) Molti mi chiedono come sia “in pratica” la Flipped Classroom. Così! Ho creato un Prezi che spiega cos’è, perché si è pensato di capovolgere il tempo casa/scuola e come funziona lo spazio e il tempo nella Flipped Classroom.  Attiva la modalità a tutto schermo, poi sei libero di ZOOM IN e OUT per ingrandire e leggere meglio e anche attivare tutti i video e il Pow Toon che ho inserito sulla nuova disposizione dei banchi. Se hai domande o perplessità lascia un commento sotto. :)

The following is  a simple video in English (for my students!) I edited using Zaption, so that you have to answer 3 multiple choice questions. FLIPPED CLASSROOM EXPLAINED. NBScrivi pure il tuo nome come ti è richiesto prima di iniziare il tour video.

During the year I’ll post some videos using the same app to make them esier for you to understand and to focus your attention. Quindi già state entrance nella metodologia di visione video Flipped. Cioè guardare un video rispondendo a delle domande create dalla prof. 

Questo invece è un semplice PowToon (di C.Sbarbada) sulle Regole della Classe Capovolta. Difficili da seguire? Meglio ascoltare lezioni frontali?

Sempre usando la metodologia che utilizzeremo, ecco un video Why I flipped my classroom, che ho editato usando EdPuzzle, con i miei commenti in italiano. A volte affiancate al video saranno domande a scelta multipla o aperte o  commenti audio; oggi sono spiegazioni in italiano poichè che il post è aperto a tutti.

Se ancora avete dubbi un ultimo video in italiano ( con voce di R.Papa)

Ora vi chiedo di prepararvi la risposta alle seguenti domande: sei pronto/a a impegnarti per provare a “migliorare” lo studio a casa e a rendere le lezioni in classe più coinvolgenti? E’ stato difficile arrivare in fondo a questo post? Sono riuscita a trasmetterti il mio entusiasmo? Dubbi? Potete lasciare un commento oppure questo sarà l’inizio della prima sessione in classe. Grazie