Category Archives: students

A Leaf to Inspire

My students seemed very anxious about the winter this week. Though I sometimes paint evil pictures of shoulder high snowdrifts and temperatures which come close to absolute zero for students who come from tropical countries, I don’t want them to … 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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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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From Students to Shaving

I was working on phrasal verbs with my students today and one of the words in phrasal verbs in question was “tire me out”. After seeing the phrasal verb, along with some others we were looking at in context, I … Continue reading

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Too Drained for the Kitchen

It’s funny how we develop and break patterns.  I could be talking about habits, but really I am just talking about where I get my takeout food from.  Lately, I’ve mostly had pizza or Chinese food, or Shawarma.  Pizza because….well, … Continue reading

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The Future of ESL Teaching

What do you do with a room of about 30 unemployed ESL teachers and the managers who had to deliver the bad news? Sounds like the opening of a good joke….if only I knew the punchline. My colleagues and I … 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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Lots to Juggle

There are some complex machines out there.  You know what I am talking about.  You’ve seen those people sitting in front of some control panel, flipping hundreds of switches while turning thousands of dials,  with ease.   They make the complex … Continue reading

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