Category Archives: teaching

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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Lost and Found

The other day I lost my lunch bag. Then I lost or misplaced my textbooks for the course I was teaching and then I couldn’t find another book I often use and was thinking I would need it.  I tried … Continue reading

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A Slump

  I’m in a bit of a writing slump. I know there are Perfect Moments happening all around me, but when it comes time to record them, they seem to disappear.  Today, I distinctly remember thinking that something should be … Continue reading

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Something Positive after Bad News

Since I am on a diet, I cannot, or should not, pick finding an uneaten chocolate bar in my lunch bag–regardless of how temping that might be. Instead, I have chosen something more heart-warming. When I arrived at school today, … Continue reading

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From Bread to Babies to Unconscious Beauty

Today had a plethora of things that could have been Today’s Perfect Moment. In the end, I think I chose correctly, but I will let you be the judge.  First the ones that were considered, but didn’t make it and … Continue reading

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Explaining a September Lull

If it wasn’t clear to everyone in my last post, I think the picture above says it all. Autumn, or Fall, is definitely on its way.  I photographed the picture above on my walk home yesterday. I have been feeling … Continue reading

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Feeling Peckish

I was feeling rather peckish at work, when I remembered that, in what now looked like a brilliant amount of foresight, I had packed a muffin for myself. This was a bit odd, because I haven’t made or bought muffins … 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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When There Are No More Forks

There is something strange at my workplace. As I write this, I feel the slight stab of irony.  There are lots of strange things at my workplace, but that is de rigueur for a band of ESL teachers.  Nonetheless, there … 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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