Category Archives: students

Good Students make things Better

In my current teaching situation, the students change more often than the teacher does. I have students who stay for a week, a couple of weeks, or maybe some that are around for months on end.  There isn’t one definitive … Continue reading

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What I get for helping a student

Today’s Perfect Moment comes courtesy of a student of mine and her request for some help after class. When my morning class was finished, one of my students asked me to take a look at her writing. I would normally … Continue reading

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No Excuses

I have explained before that students sometimes give me gifts. I certainly don’t expect them and I hope I have responded well to them.  I certainly appreciate them and I appreciate that I have made an impression on a student … Continue reading

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Goodbyes

I’ve grown a pretty thick skin over the years of watching students say goodbye to me and to one another. It isn’t coldness, but rather a kind of acceptance.  I like my students while they are here, but I know … Continue reading

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Cobb Salad

There’s no time to waste. I need to aim for an economy of words.  Even as I type these sentences, I can feel the doubt creeping in. Today after work, a group of students who were milling around the lounge … Continue reading

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When You Realize Just How Small the World Can Be

I am not sure that this is Today’s Perfect Moment, but it certainly deserves a bit of reflection. I work at a private ESL school in Toronto.  Our clients come from all over the world to study English from 2 … Continue reading

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What Others Help Me Appreciate on Canada Day

Here it is Canada Day and I really haven’t done much reflecting. I’ve been alternating between productivity and procrastination all day.  Now, being mostly done, and having poured a beer, I guess I should get down to it. Like everyone, … Continue reading

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What Does This Mean?

I cannot say with absolute certainty that the kitchen (dining area/kitchenette) of an ESL school is any different than the equivalent room in any other office space. There are lots of objects that are common to both.  I am sure … Continue reading

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When Height is the Question

teaching ESL old school I was late, it was raining, and I didn’t see the ominous puddle in front of the bus shelter. Yeah, some wiseass decided to soak me really good–I know it was a conscious decision because the … Continue reading

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From My Students

As an ESL teacher, I am generally good at building rapport with my classes and with individual students. This is especially true when I teach an exam preparation course because the same students are with me for a longer time. … Continue reading

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