Category Archives: gifts

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

Posted in appreciation, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, ESL, gifts, presents, students, teaching | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

A Taste of Japan

This isn’t the first time I have posted pictures of my favourite Japanese chocolate. Much like the other times I was fortunate to find myself in possession of these beauties, they were a gift from one of my students. I … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, chocolate, ESL, gifts, Japan, Japanese, presents, students, teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

One of those word-a-day calendars appeared in my stocking at Christmas.  This is today’s word. I appreciate the gift.  I like words.  I like to learn more words (mostly to trounce people on Words With Friends, or complete the crossword … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, Christmas, gifts, presents, words | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Compensation

It’s Valentine’s day and I am not involved in any romance. I had no fancy dinner date, or romantic dinner at home with bottles of wine and chocolate soufflés.  Fortunately, I am a teacher, and sometimes the students bring you … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, chocolate, ESL, gifts, presents, students, teaching, Valentine's Day | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

From the Mailbox

It hadn’t been a particularly amazing day. My commute to and from work was spoiled by some smelly passengers and loud cell phone users.  At work, the question as to why I have an instagram account, but no pictures arose, … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, bicycles, blog, blogging, blogposts, gifts, presents, stamp collecting, stamps, thanks | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

…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

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, chocolate, ESL, gifts, Japan, Japanese, teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, chocolate, ESL, gifts, Japan, Japanese, teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Direct from Switzerland

As a teacher in a private English school, in no way associated with a school board or university, it is okay to receive gifts from students. What I mean is, these gifts are not meant to influence student placement, acceptance, … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, Canada, chocolate, ESL, gifts, students, Swiss, Swiss Army, teaching, Toronto | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Feeling Appreciated

After having taken the Exodus Travels cycling in Vietnam trip, and blogging extensively about it, I noticed how popular the posts were.  I was getting lots of traffic on it from my readers, search engines and my review of the … Continue reading

Posted in appreciation, Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, books, cooking, Exodus, Exodus Travels, gifts, happiness | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On Christmas Presents

The typical Christmas (or birthday) question seems to be “What do you want? ” or “What do you need?” In our endeavour to get someone a gift, we often appeal to them so they will get something they need, rather … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, boxes, Christmas, comic books, gifts, Japan, Japanese, presents, review, subscription | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment