Category Archives: compliments

Overhearing a Student

When winter starts to make itself known, student numbers go down. As a result, fewer classes are taught, fewer teachers are needed, and teaching assignments can change.  This is as close to a universal truth as I can get. What … Continue reading

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Something Positive after Bad News

Since I am on a diet, I cannot, or should not, pick finding an uneaten chocolate bar in my lunch bag–regardless of how temping that might be. Instead, I have chosen something more heart-warming. When I arrived at school today, … Continue reading

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Advice from the Family

I am not sure how it came up, but my family were talking about my blog. Of course, they weren’t talking to me, but amongst themselves.  While they weren’t being critical, they were expressing their opinion about the topics of … 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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You are a Magnificent Creature

  I hadn’t felt the vibration of my cell phone.  The reasons for this are either the fact that it rings so infrequently that I can’t recognize when it is happening or I frequently leave it somewhere, only to come … Continue reading

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“Uplifting” she said

  I am not really good at publicizing my blog. I do all the things they tell you to do: comment on other people’s blogs–If I like the post, I definitely comment.  If I find something I like, I follow. … Continue reading

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Compliments on Teaching

In my teaching situation…some might call it a career….others are less kind, I teach several different classes.  This means more planning for different student needs but also provides relief is one or more (but not all) of the classes aren’t … Continue reading

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Compliment Received

Despite the weather, today was a pretty up day. In fact, I am a little hard pressed to choose Today’s Perfect Moment.  However, rather than lay them all out, I will pick one. Today, while leaving work, I found myself … Continue reading

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Making the Teacher Speechless

Teaching a new class can be hard. You’ve got to walk into the room and win them over.  When the students’ level is lower, this is more theatrics, and slow and clear speaking.  When the class is quite advanced, this … Continue reading

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Both Sides of the Coin

Friday’s Perfect Moment is special in that it came conveniently packaged with its opposite. It came at me with its one-two punch.  Though I don’t really like gun metaphors, it was a double barrel shotgun blast.  Fortunately, the good came … Continue reading

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