четверг, 20 октября 2011 г.

Top 5 stories this week: the must-reads!

It's almost the end of the week, and since I'm getting ready for my extensive traveling this weekend (flying to Michigan) I will try to be brief and to the point (or else I'll miss my plane). 

For an occasion like this I have a few interesting stories on the news that I've discovered this week and I wanted to share them with you. This is a great read for those who enjoy staying on top of things and learn something new every day. Here's the list (in the reverse order):

5. Here's a very informative story about the global housing crisis. It was quite an eye-opening story for me and made me appreciate what I have already. If you're relaxing in your cozy house/apartment tonight be grateful: there are over 1 billion people around the world that do not have such a luxury!

4. While browsing the BBC news website a week or so ago I came across the list of this year's Nobel Prize winners. That, in turn, led me to read more about the Prize itself, and I learned quite a bit. The most amazing to me was the Nobel Prize home website which contains phone interviews with this year's winners! To read more and listen to the winners' stories simply click here.

3. This resource might be of interest to teachers (English teachers in particular) who have failed to connect their teaching styles to the demands of this generation. A group of kids from a school in England has put together this video to challenge the teachers to teach differently than before! Yes, that does mean learning to use the computer, Ipod and all other electronic devices. I thought the video was lovely!

2. This is such a heart-felt story that I came across this week. This woman was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. She had a tough choice because agreeing to chemotherapy could have meant losing her child. She sacrificed herself, but did give birth to a girl who is now taken care of by the woman's brother. Read more here.

1. And finally! My all-time favorite! Sir Ken Robinson is an educator, and his speeches have always inspired me. I've come across his website this week, and found a great media resource with more than a dozen of his latest interviews. If your English is Upper-Intermediate-Advanced and/or if you're a teacher, listening to Sir Ken Robinson is the greatest joy! Look through the videos here.

Have a wonderful time browsing through these resources! Better thins are yet to come :)