Category Archives: students

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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Overhearing a Student

When winter starts to make itself known, student numbers go down. As a result, fewer classes are taught, fewer teachers are needed, and teaching assignments can change.  This is as close to a universal truth as I can get. What … Continue reading

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Receiving a Card

I received this beautiful card with some warm and wonderful handwritten comments inside from a lovely student. It is nice to be appreciated and I am glad the student was so successful. It was Today’s Perfect Moment.

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Thank You Christine

I am not sure anybody really knows what my job is like. Actually, that sentence probably fits for a lot of people out there.  I have no idea what an actuarial does. It has taken years for my family to … Continue reading

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Little Tibet

I would describe myself as a computer user of moderate ability. I have a few blogs, an instagram account, and a facebook account or two.  While I consider this a big deal, most of my students can rhyme off a … Continue reading

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Like a Flea Market…..(sort of)

Wading through the days moments to select Today’s Perfect Moment is sometimes like visiting a flea market that has seen better days. You really don’t know what you’re going to find.  You might come across something odd.  You might find … Continue reading

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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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