Category Archives: lessons

In the Classroom

There was a light cascade of snow to complicate and complement my early morning walk to the bus stop. Its drops were so fine only the light from the streetlamps illuminated it.  Rather than get bogged down in thoughts of … Continue reading

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Surf’s Up!

Ever since I was young, I have thought surfing was cool. I saw it in movies and TV; everything from Beach Blanket Bingo to the North Shore, Point Break–I could go on and on….actually, come to think of it, I … 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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Lessons in the Grocery Aisles

Today, I learned that I have been doing grocery shopping all wrong. Usually, I make a list (or not) and wander throughout the supermarket hoping to remember to check the list and not be tricked into buying all the wrong … Continue reading

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You Really Want to be a Teacher?

The way they portray being a substitute teacher on TV and movies is either total anarchy that looks like a self contained riot, or the fateful connection that suddenly breaks through to those difficult but soulful students who were only … Continue reading

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A Perfect Teaching Moment

  I had a good teaching moment yesterday and I wanted to share it with you–you being my regular readers and you being other ESL teachers out there who might also feel the ups and downs of ESL teaching. I … Continue reading

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