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A Moment Away from the Class

If you’ve never done it, and by it I mean teaching, you might not identify with all aspects of it.  You might understand the joy of getting through to that notoriously difficult or rather uninspired student.  It’s happened in enough … Continue reading

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Lots to Juggle

There are some complex machines out there.  You know what I am talking about.  You’ve seen those people sitting in front of some control panel, flipping hundreds of switches while turning thousands of dials,  with ease.   They make the complex … Continue reading

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Tales from the ESL (virtual) Classroom.

I could easily have chosen to write about my bike ride today.  It wasn’t epic, but I was out on the bike, and if you love riding a bike (and you should) you would understand how awesome it really is. … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts

Besides the obvious, there are some unusual things that make teaching from home different from teaching at school.  Despite students’ assurances that technology is their slave and not the other way around, they are not nearly as adept as they … Continue reading

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A Little Distraction

While it is hard to find Perfect Moments amid all the doom and gloom, sometimes Mother Nature steps in and shows me the way. I woke this morning to snow gently falling in my neighbourhood.  As we are in spring, … Continue reading

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That’s a Wrap

  Before explaining Today’s Perfect Moment, I want to explain a few of the Honourable Mentions. Honourable Mentions A couple of my students gave me going away presents. I often get presents, but since Today was Valentine’s Day, I expected … Continue reading

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Nature Moots the Discussion

I witnessed a curious interaction between two of my students.   The first said that winter wasn’t so bad.  The second answered that it wasn’t the winter he had experienced the previous year. Both students are from warmer climates than this … Continue reading

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Brightening my Break

Today’s Perfect Moment came upon me while walking through the halls during my break time. I teach a lot of a hours in a day to compress my work schedule.  Work has been very accommodating about this (and to others … Continue reading

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Hearing the Final Bell

I find it funny that even when my teaching day goes well, I am so relieved…..glad…ecstatic when it is over. Today was just such a day.  I did a good job teaching and I used my free time well both … Continue reading

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Test Results

Way back in December, I concluded teaching a group of students who were studying for a proficiency exam.  Some were studying for the FCE and some were studying for the CAE.  Some were a bit shaky and took both exams. … Continue reading

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