Category Archives: co-workers

When ESL Teachers Clean Up

I was at work today….really at work, not teaching from a chair in my extra bedroom. And for all the significance that should have in this yet unresolved pandemic era, it wasn’t that remarkable at all. Instead it was something … Continue reading

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Last Teacher Standing

Even before the whole Covid 19 thing hit, my work had experienced a downturn in student enrollment.  That it came after finally securing a CBA struck me as ironic because people who expected that unionization would secure their jobs were … Continue reading

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Getting Better at the Tech

Today’s Perfect Moment is getting a better handle on the technology I have to employ in my new role as online teacher.  However, I would be remiss if I didn’t say that today’s bike ride really should also win the … Continue reading

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The Positives and Negatives of Working/Teaching from Home.

There are some upsides and downsides working/teaching from home.  I have touched on a few of these before, but I am in a listing kind of mood, so list I shall. Positives I can sleep later. I can drink my … 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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Misfits’ Christmas

The coworkers that I like and I found ourselves with a few extra moments to gab yesterday. This doesn’t happen much because our schedules are not synched together very well.  Also, since the start of the union drive and subsequent … Continue reading

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Lost and Found

The other day I lost my lunch bag. Then I lost or misplaced my textbooks for the course I was teaching and then I couldn’t find another book I often use and was thinking I would need it.  I tried … Continue reading

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When There Are No More Forks

There is something strange at my workplace. As I write this, I feel the slight stab of irony.  There are lots of strange things at my workplace, but that is de rigueur for a band of ESL teachers.  Nonetheless, there … Continue reading

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A Good Kind of Quiet

Friday had a weird component to it that only now, upon reflection, I understand as Today’s Perfect Moment. Upon further reflection, I wonder if those are the Most Perfect Moments. I work in a noisy environment. I don’t mean mechanically … Continue reading

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What Trumps a Beautiful Sunrise

Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning. I remember that line being uttered by James Garner in the movie The Great Escape. It has always stuck with me and in the morning I was … Continue reading

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