Category Archives: teaching

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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Swapping Travel Stories

Today’s Perfect Moment is a simple one. One of my coworkers is going to Vietnam and Cambodia in the upcoming months.  He is very excited about it.  He knows that I have visited both of those countries and really enjoyed … 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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Misfits’ Christmas

The coworkers that I like and I found ourselves with a few extra moments to gab yesterday. This doesn’t happen much because our schedules are not synched together very well.  Also, since the start of the union drive and subsequent … Continue reading

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On the Way to Work

My colleagues and I have passed this store window every day for at least the past year,  Despite working as ESL teachers, not one of us has noticed the irregularity–that was only half-heartedly meant as a pun.  If they had … 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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From Where I am Standing

My current classroom has a few drawbacks. It’s size is larger than we need, so some students are too far away.  There also aren’t enough seating spaces for the students.  I suppose this is because the room is too narrow.  … Continue reading

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When You Need a Break

It was a day that saw me rise from an uneven sleep that featured a few too many visits from a restless cat to be considered effective. It was a day that saw me eat the heels of the bread … Continue reading

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A Brief Respite from the Noise

English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers can be a noisy lot. We might be blowing off steam about a bad class or bad student, debating grammar points, talking about our other great … Continue reading

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