Tag Archives: ESL

Silver Lining?

I said goodbye to my class on Friday. We were down to three students and two of the remaining 3 are finishing in the next two weeks. What that meant for me was being laid-off. I had managed to work … Continue reading

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Feeling Valued

Between my two classes, it started snowing and didn’t stop until quite late in the evening. It was that beautiful kind of snow that isn’t blizzard blowing cold, but rather gentle flakes falling to the ground covering up all the … Continue reading

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Making Connections

I have been following people on YouTube for years. I follow people who make travel videos, woodworking videos, cycling videos, hack videos, and countless others. At the beginning, I followed a lot of JVloggers. This is a term given to … Continue reading

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Taking Requests

I don’t know how often I say it to students, but I feel like it is more often than should be necessary. I always tell the students that they can bring any questions about English they have to me. Mostly … Continue reading

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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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Getting Through

Today’s Perfect Moment, this time, comes from my teaching day. I spend quite a bit of time encouraging the students as well as teaching them things. This comes in the form of feedback, and comes in the form of little … Continue reading

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Giving Away Some Clutter

Being back in the classroom has definitely added to the dynamic of my interactions with students. Owing to physical distancing recommendations, I am not physically close to my students, but just being in their presence has made some differences. One … Continue reading

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From Students to Shaving

I was working on phrasal verbs with my students today and one of the words in phrasal verbs in question was “tire me out”. After seeing the phrasal verb, along with some others we were looking at in context, I … 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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