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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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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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Shaking Things Up

I wish I could write a blog that sums up the weekend so precisely that no other weekend summary would even come close.   Saturday started out nicely with conversations, food, and even a bit of grocery shopping.  Sadly, both … 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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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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