Pen Pineapple Apple Pen — Living, Learning and Letting Go

My dear students!

Welcome back to our blog. Before meeting you all again in the flesh next week, please tell me why you love this song soooooo much! It’s crazy!

I will be waiting for your comments as usual 😊 It is not compulsory but I will appreciate them anyway.

All the best


Mrs. D.



Yesterday, I discovered a blog that was new to me, GarimaShares. The blogger and I have several interests in common so today I returned to her blog to read some of her posts. One was about a song that was posted on YouTube on September 24th. The video was watched by more than 8 million […]

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maturità. high school diploma. ready?

Carissimi! Last post from me for you. Just for  you.

E per la vostra felicità scrivo due righe in italiano. E sempre per la vostra felicità (ma questo non significa che non dovete impegnarvi a fondo), vi linko un articolo uscito oggi relativamente ai motivi per cui alcuni pensano che l’esame di maturità sia inutile.

utile maturità – articolo ANSA 10/06/2016

Quale la vostra posizione? Pros and cons? For or against?


Break a leg to you all! In bocca al lupo!


Words have the Ability to Change Lives

I really love this girl! She is a great example for my students and not only. Here she explains how words can change lives and why poetry can be so effective and powerful for all of us, students and not only!

ENJOY this  VIDEO The potential of a poem!










Internet Day

30 years ago the Internet came to Italy. Italy discovered the Net. It has been a long long journey. And it will be a long journey in the future. Here you can find some articles about it.

article 1

article 2

But what is your personal opinion on the Internet? What are the pros and cons of it? Are you for or against it? I guess you guys are all for it…

Leave your point of view in THIS PADLET! CLICK HERE! italian-internet-day-miur-421x211


Poetry: A Window to our Life


When I was at school, it was just a compulsory activity. After High School, it became to me a solitude pleasure. Even if, I am honest here, I read poems once in a blue moon. But a poetry book always lies on my nightstand, waiting for the right moment to come to me.

April, I have recently found out, is the American National Poetry month

In the school I am teaching in, it is also a special month because it is the school poetry competition month too. We will take advantage of it to work on some creative writing activities in the classroom. This will be quite an experiment to me, teaching in a vocational High School. But I am deeply truly  sure my students will come out with the most amazing poems.

What is Poetry to me? A window. A closed window to be open, to the world of your feelings, and to the real world too. Outside Life comes in contact with your inner personal Life, and they melt together.

It is a great feeling, when you are reading THE poem. And everything seems much more pleasant and easy to understand, and you just think: Well, this poet could read my thoughts, even before I was born. This just shows us that humans can have and share the same inner thoughts and feelings.


I leave you with this, some of the most powerful lines I have personally ever read:

Ode to the West Wind


P.B. Shelley 1792 - 1822
If I were a dead leaf thou mightest bear;
If I were a swift cloud to fly with thee;
A wave to pant beneath thy power, and share

The impulse of thy strength, only less free
Than thou, O Uncontrollable! If even
I were as in my boyhood, and could be

The comrade of thy wanderings over Heaven,
As then, when to outstrip thy skiey speed
Scarce seemed a vision; I would ne’er have striven

As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.
Oh! lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!
I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!

A heavy weight of hours has chained and bowed
One too like thee: tameless, and swift, and proud.