An Ideas Page by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Year 2          Number 14       March 17th   2000
What a better way to start this issue of SHARE than letting one of our SHARERS , Silvina Reneé Faure from San Vicente, take the floor. Her words are our best editorial since Silvina´s attitude is precisely what we exopect from every SHARER :

"Teddy Stoddard's story was so touching that I simply felt I had to share it (needless to say that I cried quite a lot). I printed it and I put it up in the teachers' board at school. What a great thing to read precisely now, at the beginning of the school term! As teachers, we frequently find little Teddy Stoddards in our classrooms and this piece of writing helped me to remember that we mustn't be put out by the "curriculum" they bring, after all, they are just children, no matter how troublesome or naughty they are. They might be reacting to something we don't yet know. How important it is to give them a chance to make a difference! Thank You!                                 

Lorena Lara  <>, a dear SHARER with a great sense of humour sends us this joke about long hair:
A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss his use of the car.

His father said to him, "I'll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut, then we will talk about it."

A month later the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said, "Son, I'm real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you've studied your Bible diligently, but you
didn't get hair cut!"

The young man waited a moment and replied, "You know dad, I've been thinking about that. You know Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair."
His father replied, "Yes son, and they walked everywhere they went!"

Next Saturday 25th March I will be in Resistencia, Chaco  delivering a talk on "DRAMA, MUSIC, POETRY AND MOVEMENT IN THE TEENAGE CLASSROOM " and presenting POLIMODAL ENGLISH and my my latest
books TOURISM levels 1, 2 and 3 and HOTEL AND CATERING SERVICES
levels 1, 2 and 3.
Ms. Susana Garcia Cahuzac, co-author of SAILING, will be there as well presenting her latest book "EXPLORER" for EGB 3.
The event will be held at Telecom Conference Hall Juan B. Justo 42, Resistencia
from 9:30 to 13:00 hours
Enrolment: Contact Libreria First TE: O3722-434543 
After two years´absence from Resistencia, it will be a great opportunity for me to meet my old good friends and I hope they can bring some new friends along.
As the Beatles would say " A splendid time is guaranteed for all !"

Silvina Gvirtz writes to Marina and me a message we just wanted to SHARE with you all ( I know yopu will excuse the Spanish)  :
"Les recomiendo leer un artículo denominado "Medir el valor añadido de la eficacia de las escuelas en el Reino Unido" de Sally Thomas aparecido en la Revista Perspectivas, Vol.28, Marzo 1998.
En este artículo se plantean nuevos modos de evaluación, vinculados  a medir lo que el niño aprendió en un tiempo determinado respecto de lo que sabía antes de comenzar el proceso de aprendizaje. Estas medidas MVA están siendo muy investigadas en este momento ya que resultan más indicativas de lo que se hace en la escuela que las evaluaciones de fin de año que se hacen en la actualidad."
Last week I had a meeting with a group of teachers from EGB 3 and Polimodal at Escuela Normal Superior in San Nicolás de los Arroyos. Some of those present
were friends from long ago. One of them was Patricia Gomez Abarzua, a dear old friend from the glorious times of the FAAPI Convention in San Nicolás back in 1992. Patricia writes to me :

Dear Omar,

Thank you for being my friend and having me in your Shares list...I feel most honoured. And as we are talking of true friendship I'm sending this  little reflection on the topic.


F is for the fun times we share 

R is for the respect we have for each other

I is for the interest you have shown in me                                                       

E is for your eagerness to help me                                                                  

N is for all the nice things you do                                                                  

D is for your dependability.

I can only say thank you, Pato for opening your heart to me. I know you know what it takes to be a good friend You are an excellent example of one. And as for our fellow SHARERS there is still a beautiful poem about teaching that Patricia has sent us .We promise to  publish in our coming issues.


A very recent but very active SHARER, Christian Fernando Duarte Varela. <> from Córdoba city writes : "I´m sending you the contribution. But this is just the first one of a long list of them I´ve got. I hope they can get published in SHARE. Enjoy it !


A shopkeeper was dismayed when a brand new business much like his own opened up next door and erected a huge sign which read 'BEST DEALS.' He was horrified when another competitor opened up on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading 'LOWEST PRICES.' The shopkeeper panicked, until he got an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop. It read... 'MAIN ENTRANCE'

Good for you Chris ! I hope you keep your word and keep on sending your contributions.


An enthusiastic SHARER , Maria Elisa Suárez from the city of Buenos Aires, , writes to us :

I have two things to comment on today, Today, while having lunch by the computer, I could read SHARE 12 and 13 and I came accross Teddy's story. God! I cry easily, I declare myself guilty of charge, but it is a wonderful story to read every once in a while to remember it and to read to others too! ( Be that teachers, lawyers, engineers or doctors ! ) Thank you again. That leads me to the one thing I wanted to SHARE. It's a poem my Language teacher gave my back in University, that I keep quite visible in my bedroom to remind me who to do things to please the One above and to fill my soul with happiness and peace. There it goes :


Is anybody happier because you passed his way?                                          

Does anybody remember that you spoke to him today?                                 

The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through.                                    

Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word to you?                                       

Can you say tonight in parting with the day that's slipping fast,                   

that you helped a single sister, of the many that you passed?                          

Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or say?                                     

Does the man whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?            

Did you waste the day, or lose it?                                                              

Was it well, or sorely spent?                                                                         

Did you leave a trail of kindness, or a scar of discontent?                             

As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think that God will say,              

''You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?''          


John Hall

I hope this can be SHAREd with the rest of the teachers and that they enjoy it and put into practice as much and often as I do.

Hope to read you next Sunday, if not sooner!)

Love                                                                                                         Maria Elisa, Capital Federal


According to Resolución Ministerial 1 /2000 of Province of Buenos Aires ,this year classes will finish on 7th December at all levels with the sole exception of Higher Education institutions where classes will start next Monday and finish on November 24th. Winter holidays will be from July 17th through July 28th .

The following is a list of the National Holidays which are non-transferrable, that is to say they are observed on the same day :

Holy Thursday                         20th April

Good Friday                            21st April

Labour Day                             1st May (Monday)

Revolution Day                        25th May (Thursday)

Independence Day                   9th July (Sunday)

The following is a list of transferrable holidays :

Malvinas Day               10th June (Saturday) not to be tranferred this year

Flag´s Day                   20th June (Tuesday) transferred to Monday 19th

San Martin´s Day         17th August (Thursday) transferred to Monday 21st

Columbus Day               12th October( Thursday) transferred to Monday 16th

There might be slight changes in the different jurisdictions as to the end of classes and the period of winter holidays. Notice that National Holidays and holidays that can be transferred (or not) are ruled by National Acts Numbers 21.329, 23.555 and 24.445 and hold good for all the country.


Next week will be Academic Week for Macmillan Heinemann ELT. Every day from Tuesday to Friday there will be a series of talks in their Conference Room in Mataderos, Lisandro de la Torre 2285, just a short walk from the traditional plaza. Here´s the programme :

Every Evening from 17.45 to 18.45 hours

Tuesday 21st :           Sharing Useful Ideas by Prof. Marcela Marianelli           Wednesday 22nd :     Methodology into Practice by Prof Omar Villarreal   Thursday 23rd :        Brush up your Methodology by Prof. Esteban Cresta  Friday 24th :            More Ideas for Teachers by Prof. Martha Laborde

The following slot : every evening from 18:55 to 19:55 hours will be taken up by Prof. Mercedes Rosetti with her talk "Self-development comes from within". Admission to all the talks is free but registration is essential, Contact or phone (011) 4797-9204


Paula Peralta, a dear SHARER from the INSPT of  UTN writes to us :

"If you're teaching kids or you're interested in them, I've found a very interesting website.  You can find lots for motivating tips (for teachers!), Some
activities and ideas, and even an AWARD CREATOR!
Visit it ! It's . I love it !"


An old and dear SHARER ,Bernardo Banega (h) sends us this contribution about the very "nature" of the English Language. He says this was originally posted by Joanne Proctor, a teacher from Most Pure Heart of Mary School, Topeka, KS (USA), to the NET-HAPPENINGS list.  


We polish the Polish furniture.                                                                 

He could lead if he would get the lead out.                                                     

A farm can produce produce.                                                                       

The dump was so full it had to refuse refuse.                                              

The soldier decided to desert in the desert.                                                

The present is a good time to present the present.                                         

At the Army base, a bass was painted on the head of a bass drum.                   

The dove dove into the bushes.                                                                       

I did not object to the object.                                                                      

The insurance for the invalid was invalid.                                                      

The bandage was wound around the wound.                                                  

There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.                               

They were too close to the door to close it.                                                 

The buck does funny things when the does are present.                               

They sent a sewer down to stitch the tear in the sewer line.                           

To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.                                

The wind was too strong to wind the sail.                                                  

After a number of Novocain injections, my jaw got number.                             

I shed a tear when I saw the tear in my clothes.                                              

I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.                                         

How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?                                        

I spent last evening evening out a pile of dirt.                                              



Cristianne Maria Famer Rocha writes to us from Porto Alegre, Brazil.

"I Congresso Brasileiro de História de Educação"
Tema: Educação, História e Historiografia.
subtemas :
profissão docente
Fontes, categorias e métodos de pesquisa em História da educação
Imprensa pedagógica
Práticas escolares
Estado e políticas educacionais

Data: 6 a 9 de novembro de 2000
Local: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Encaminhar resumos entre 500 e 800 palavras abordando objetivos, métodos,
categorias históricas, principais fontes consultadas e conclusões,
acompanhados de ficha cadastral do autor (a) com dados do seu curriculum
vitae referentes à titulação, pesquisa e publicação do proponente até maio
de 2000.

Para dúvidas: consultar a página da Sociedade Brasileira de História da
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Paula Peralta , a dear SHARER we mentioned earlier in this issue  sent us a collection of maxims about friendship from which we chose this one to end up our SHARE 14 with :

Friends, you and me.... You brought another friend....                                        And then there were 3....                                                                                 We started our group.... Our circle of friends....                                          And like that circle.... There is no beginning or end....

Let us all make a circle of friends, a circle of SHARERS and let us help others to learn the value there is in SHARING .                                                     Every week new friends join SHARE. We hope to hear from YOUR friends this week. And SHARE and the SHARING will have no end ...

Omar and Marina
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