Tag Archives: Covid 19

That Was A Good Idea

It really couldn’t have been more Wednesday than that. There wasn’t even a smattering of Thursday, and trying to catch a glimpse of elusive Friday was out of the question. So, it is rather surprising how it turned out. I … Continue reading

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Brown-Eyed Girl

Like all of my posts, I start writing them in my head first. I sometimes fixate on a phrase. Sometimes it is a single word. I’ve rewritten whole paragraphs because I wanted to include a particular word and I was … Continue reading

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When ESL Teachers Clean Up

I was at work today….really at work, not teaching from a chair in my extra bedroom. And for all the significance that should have in this yet unresolved pandemic era, it wasn’t that remarkable at all. Instead it was something … Continue reading

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Back in the Classroom

The students have been clamouring for it and today we made it a reality. We had face to face classes for the first time since mid March. For me, it was the first time back in the classroom since mid … Continue reading

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Some Reading Material

While it didn’t happen today, it is recent enough that I don’t mind writing about it. It may sound funny, but since we are still in lockdown, maybe it won’t. I was finally able to check some books out of … Continue reading

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Resolution To One Issue

In case I left anyone hanging by not concluding my story about my poorly functioning mouse, I just wanted to clue you in on the resolution. I was pretty sure I was going to get a replacement, I just didn’t … Continue reading

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Last Teacher Standing

Even before the whole Covid 19 thing hit, my work had experienced a downturn in student enrollment.  That it came after finally securing a CBA struck me as ironic because people who expected that unionization would secure their jobs were … Continue reading

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The Future of ESL Teaching

What do you do with a room of about 30 unemployed ESL teachers and the managers who had to deliver the bad news? Sounds like the opening of a good joke….if only I knew the punchline. My colleagues and I … Continue reading

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Being Bad

I have a short story to tell.  It feels like a confession, even though it isn’t. My girlfriend is rather neat.  I don’t mean that she is a neat freak or anything like my third roommate in Japan.  She just … Continue reading

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Club Rides in the Covid 19 Era

Of course, on my first official club ride of the season, I was running late.  I don’t know why.  I had actually tried to put a lot of organizational effort into the ride.  I printed up my club membership, and … Continue reading

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