Category Archives: teaching

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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Compassion Given

I entered work on a sombre note. A friend and co-worker, the person who occupied the desk beside me for about half the year, unexpectedly (to me at least) passed away over the weekend.  His name was Douglas and he … Continue reading

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Teacher, What Does Jeeping Mean?

There are two candidates for the Perfect Moment….or maybe two completely different Perfect Moments. Maybe I am too tired to pick the right one. The first is the picture I have included above. I found it on one of my … 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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A Good Kind of Quiet

Friday had a weird component to it that only now, upon reflection, I understand as Today’s Perfect Moment. Upon further reflection, I wonder if those are the Most Perfect Moments. I work in a noisy environment. I don’t mean mechanically … 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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In the Classroom

There was a light cascade of snow to complicate and complement my early morning walk to the bus stop. Its drops were so fine only the light from the streetlamps illuminated it.  Rather than get bogged down in thoughts of … Continue reading

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