Category Archives: teaching

When a Student Cooks

Having students from all over the world comes with advantages.  One of those is food.  I get exposed to lots of different food.  Today, one of my Turkish students brought me something she made that morning.  It was delicious. Advertisements

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Learning About Myself

Yesterday’s Perfect Moment is a subtle one for me and required a bit of thinking. I was in an ESL seminar yesterday. It was a small group owing to various shifts are school works on.  I knew all the people, … Continue reading

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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

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Tales from the ESL Teacher’s Room.

Teachers talk about their students. That is a given.  Sometime we complain about them, sometimes we praise them, and sometimes we are completely baffled by them.  This is considered normal venting for a teacher.  It is mostly harmless.  If you … Continue reading

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The Characters That I Work With

When I wrote about the KISS play set and my diverse co-workers, I am sure some of the readers had some doubts about my words.  We’re all prone to exaggeration.  Why would I be any different? I could reiterate my stance … Continue reading

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I Wanna Rock And Roll All Night

I am an ESL teacher. ESL teachers are an odd bunch.  There are nerdy ones.  There are geeky ones.  There are those that love grammar and those that want to teach “how we really speak.”  There are introverts and extroverts.  … Continue reading

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Happiness Arithmetic: Easier Than Algebra

  And one day the student shall become the teacher. As I became a teacher (sometimes joyfully, sometime begrudgingly, sometimes with a clear view of the irony and karmic significance), this saying is somewhat prophetic.  However, in it’s less literal … Continue reading

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What A Conversation Yields

Today’s Perfect Moment is a celebration of what I call casual networking. Casual networking is not some new Linkedin buzzword.  Casual networking is what used to be called conversation and people looking out for you.  Before you say “huh?”, please … Continue reading

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When the Teacher Has Homework

I doubt I would be alone if I confessed that Sunday night is not my most productive time. I am thinking about either sleep or dreading the need to wake up early for work the next morning.  I am usually … Continue reading

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Earning a Student’s Trust

Today’s Perfect Moment is about earning trust…or something akin to that. Today, one of my students imparted some knowledge on me that she didn’t have a boyfriend, but rather a girlfriend. This in itself was not a big shocker, nor … Continue reading

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