Category Archives: ESL

Silver Lining?

I said goodbye to my class on Friday. We were down to three students and two of the remaining 3 are finishing in the next two weeks. What that meant for me was being laid-off. I had managed to work … Continue reading

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Feeling Valued

Between my two classes, it started snowing and didn’t stop until quite late in the evening. It was that beautiful kind of snow that isn’t blizzard blowing cold, but rather gentle flakes falling to the ground covering up all the … Continue reading

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Making Connections

I have been following people on YouTube for years. I follow people who make travel videos, woodworking videos, cycling videos, hack videos, and countless others. At the beginning, I followed a lot of JVloggers. This is a term given to … Continue reading

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Taking Requests

I don’t know how often I say it to students, but I feel like it is more often than should be necessary. I always tell the students that they can bring any questions about English they have to me. Mostly … Continue reading

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White Christmas

The idea of a white Christmas is immortalized in song and the idea is often expressed by my students–including those who lived in climates where a white Christmas would have been a sign of the impending apocalypse. It has never … Continue reading

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That Was A Good Idea

It really couldn’t have been more Wednesday than that. There wasn’t even a smattering of Thursday, and trying to catch a glimpse of elusive Friday was out of the question. So, it is rather surprising how it turned out. I … Continue reading

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Changes

I am back to working from home full time. For the past twelve weeks I have been teaching a hybrid schedule. All mornings were at home and three afternoons were spent in the socially distance conscious classroom with a mask … Continue reading

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Brown-Eyed Girl

Like all of my posts, I start writing them in my head first. I sometimes fixate on a phrase. Sometimes it is a single word. I’ve rewritten whole paragraphs because I wanted to include a particular word and I was … Continue reading

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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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Beautifully Quiet

I felt very sleepy by the end of my teaching day. It’s only Tuesday, but it is amazing how strong I felt the Friday feeling of weariness. It could be the ongoing pandemic. It could be the gruesome political scenes … Continue reading

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