Category Archives: ESL

When to Slap the Teacher

If I ever say I am jealous of the gifts some teachers receive, please slap me… hard. Not only is jealousy wrong, but I have nothing to be jealous of.  Lately, people have given me so many compliments and so … 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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When Students Draw

I am rather late getting to Friday’s Perfect Moment, but it was a pretty tiring work week. I had to choose between writing the blog and getting to bed early so I would be fresher for Saturday morning’s ride.  Given … Continue reading

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Rising from the Rubbish

I was having a rather blah kind of day. The morning sky was grey and I wasn’t entirely sure that I had packed my umbrella.  The commute was unremarkable and just seemed to drag on.  All of the same beautiful … Continue reading

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No Apple……but close enough

I didn’t even flinch when my boss asked if I could cover someone’s class today. Sometimes, I hem and haw, and really consider if more teaching is what I want to do.  Obviously I want more money so I can … Continue reading

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You are a Magnificent Creature

  I hadn’t felt the vibration of my cell phone.  The reasons for this are either the fact that it rings so infrequently that I can’t recognize when it is happening or I frequently leave it somewhere, only to come … 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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When Students Give Gifts

I am not one of those teachers who are constantly showered with gifts.  However, every once in a while, I do get something special.  It makes me believe I am doing a good job. Thank you, my amazing student.  You … Continue reading

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Are These Popular Again?

When I was young, the most popular souvenir seemed to be the Hard Rock Cafe T-shirt. I saw them everywhere.  I saw them on old people, young people, men, women, and children. The locations varied from London and Paris to … Continue reading

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Nostalgia

A long time ago, in the previous century in fact, I taught in Japan.  I taught in a small city jammed up into the corner created by the corner of Osaka and Nara Prefectures.  It had beautiful mountains that housed a huge … Continue reading

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