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Goodbyes

I’ve grown a pretty thick skin over the years of watching students say goodbye to me and to one another. It isn’t coldness, but rather a kind of acceptance.  I like my students while they are here, but I know … Continue reading

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Not Today’s Perfect Moment

What I am about to write is not Today’s Perfect Moment. It was definitely a moment, but beyond that I am a little unsure. I accompanied one of my co-workers to the subway. We have been on a hello, how … Continue reading

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A New Picture

A little while ago, I posted a picture my student drew of me. It was a quick sketch, but I think it captured me quite well.  I thought she showed quite a bit of talent and other people reacted quite … Continue reading

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…And There’s More Chocolate

I must be putting out the positive vibes. That is the conclusion I have come to.  After publishing my post about students giving me chocolate, another student brought me chocolate today.  This time it was my all time favourite Japanese … Continue reading

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Chocolate for the Teacher

I might not have liked many of my teachers growing up.  I might not have wanted to become a teacher.  In fact, I might have expended a lot of energy trying to avoid it entirely.  The truth is, I am … Continue reading

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Cookies Rather Than Apples

In old movies and TV shows, a student or maybe even a group of students present the teacher with an apple. This is displayed as either something traditional or as a mark of respect.  I could spend a lot of … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Perfect Chocolate and Caramel Moment

  This blog is going to require some catching up. I didn’t write about yesterday’s perfect moment, but I will now.  Hopefully I will post both today’s and yesterday’s Perfect Moments. So, let’s start with yesterday. A former student of … Continue reading

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July 24, 2014: Finding a Bit of the Profound in the Most Unusual of Places

As an ESL teacher, I come across lots of creative English.  While my students produce their fair share of it, I am not writing to ridicule them.  They are trying, and when they make the effort, mistakes are just mile … Continue reading

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July 9. 2014: Students Take the Iniative

  Today’s Perfect Moment is being bailed out by my students and my pair teacher.  I am pretty organized, but not perfectly so.  As a result, sometimes I forget things that I should do.  If it for the class I … Continue reading

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