Tag Archives: complaints

Rain on my Awning

It should come as no surprise that weather is fickle. However, based on the fact that my students complain about it as much as they do, and that they spend an inordinate amount of time telling me that the weather … 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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Lucky Rabbit

I was on the bus, alternating between nodding off and reading my book (Will Ferguson’s Belfast and Beyond–a humorous read like a Canadian Bill Bryson).  I had had a bad end to my day at work.  A student who rarely … Continue reading

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Tales from the ESL Teacher’s Room.

Teachers talk about their students. That is a given.  Sometime we complain about them, sometimes we praise them, and sometimes we are completely baffled by them.  This is considered normal venting for a teacher.  It is mostly harmless.  If you … Continue reading

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Like No One Is Watching

There are two different ways that I pick Today’s Perfect Moment. This might not be that important for you, but it is important for today’s post. I either reflect on the day when I am at my keyboard, or on … Continue reading

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Both Sides of the Coin

Friday’s Perfect Moment is special in that it came conveniently packaged with its opposite. It came at me with its one-two punch.  Though I don’t really like gun metaphors, it was a double barrel shotgun blast.  Fortunately, the good came … Continue reading

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