Category Archives: students

The Future is Coming

As I get over the hump in another week of online teaching, I have had some time to reflect and wonder what will come of all this.  I don’t mean the virus and the impact prolonged social distancing will have.  … Continue reading

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A Little Distraction

While it is hard to find Perfect Moments amid all the doom and gloom, sometimes Mother Nature steps in and shows me the way. I woke this morning to snow gently falling in my neighbourhood.  As we are in spring, … Continue reading

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That’s a Wrap

  Before explaining Today’s Perfect Moment, I want to explain a few of the Honourable Mentions. Honourable Mentions A couple of my students gave me going away presents. I often get presents, but since Today was Valentine’s Day, I expected … Continue reading

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Nature Moots the Discussion

I witnessed a curious interaction between two of my students.   The first said that winter wasn’t so bad.  The second answered that it wasn’t the winter he had experienced the previous year. Both students are from warmer climates than this … Continue reading

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Like Clockwork

What constitutes a perfect lesson for an ESL teacher has more than one answer. Obviously when all the students learn what you are teaching them and use it correctly without prodding would be perfect.  However, there are lots of other … Continue reading

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Hearing the Final Bell

I find it funny that even when my teaching day goes well, I am so relieved…..glad…ecstatic when it is over. Today was just such a day.  I did a good job teaching and I used my free time well both … Continue reading

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Test Results

Way back in December, I concluded teaching a group of students who were studying for a proficiency exam.  Some were studying for the FCE and some were studying for the CAE.  Some were a bit shaky and took both exams. … Continue reading

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How My Day Was Like a Sandwich

Today’s two Perfect Moments nicely sandwich a particularly ugly part of my day. For you to fully understand, I am going to have to write about all three of them. The first Perfect Moment, or the bottom slice of bread … Continue reading

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Kinder Redemption

Long time readers to this blog might know that I have a particular disdain for Kinder Surprise eggs. The story is a good one and you should probably read it first before continuing with this blog.  Please click here. So, … Continue reading

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Going Global

For most of my students Halloween isn’t really a thing where they come from. They’ve seen it in movies, but they haven’t really experienced it.  Today, some of my students made an attempt at Halloween.  They cobbled together some kinds … Continue reading

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