Category Archives: class

Getting Through

Today’s Perfect Moment, this time, comes from my teaching day. I spend quite a bit of time encouraging the students as well as teaching them things. This comes in the form of feedback, and comes in the form of little … Continue reading

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Giving Away Some Clutter

Being back in the classroom has definitely added to the dynamic of my interactions with students. Owing to physical distancing recommendations, I am not physically close to my students, but just being in their presence has made some differences. One … Continue reading

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A Moment Away from the Class

If you’ve never done it, and by it I mean teaching, you might not identify with all aspects of it.  You might understand the joy of getting through to that notoriously difficult or rather uninspired student.  It’s happened in enough … Continue reading

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Tales from the ESL (virtual) Classroom.

I could easily have chosen to write about my bike ride today.  It wasn’t epic, but I was out on the bike, and if you love riding a bike (and you should) you would understand how awesome it really is. … Continue reading

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Brightening my Break

Today’s Perfect Moment came upon me while walking through the halls during my break time. I teach a lot of a hours in a day to compress my work schedule.  Work has been very accommodating about this (and to others … Continue reading

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Test Results

Way back in December, I concluded teaching a group of students who were studying for a proficiency exam.  Some were studying for the FCE and some were studying for the CAE.  Some were a bit shaky and took both exams. … Continue reading

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From My Students

As an ESL teacher, I am generally good at building rapport with my classes and with individual students. This is especially true when I teach an exam preparation course because the same students are with me for a longer time. … Continue reading

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A Novel Way to Catch Some Shuteye

If you sit in the teacher’s room, you might think that the students’ goals, besides learning, are to frustrate and confuse the teacher. The truth is, more often than not, I really think they are trying to entertain me. If … Continue reading

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Where Can I Drive Your Glasses?

On the eve of Weed Day (I’m not sure if I should even capitalize that…after tomorrow, a whole bunch of lazy people aren’t going to bother….) I am blessed with choices for Today’s Perfect Moment. From them all, I choose … Continue reading

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Peeling Back Time

Several years ago I was at the Sunfest (a fantastic free world music festival) in London, Ontario and spotted one of my favourite professors.  I wanted to go and talk to him, tell him about his great teaching, and how … Continue reading

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