Category Archives: teaching

A Novel Way to Catch Some Shuteye

If you sit in the teacher’s room, you might think that the students’ goals, besides learning, are to frustrate and confuse the teacher. The truth is, more often than not, I really think they are trying to entertain me. If … Continue reading

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Skeleton Hijacking

If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, please check it out here.  Otherwise, this next bit might not make any sense whatsoever. It seems that the boat was boarded by skeletons overnight. With the amount of discussion that the boat has … Continue reading

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What’s That Doing Here?

I wonder why there is no sitcom based on ESL teachers. Yes, I have seen the British show called Mind Your Language, and I watched every show of English Teachers (or Taipei Diaries as it was called in other countries) … Continue reading

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Where Can I Drive Your Glasses?

On the eve of Weed Day (I’m not sure if I should even capitalize that…after tomorrow, a whole bunch of lazy people aren’t going to bother….) I am blessed with choices for Today’s Perfect Moment. From them all, I choose … Continue reading

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Peeling Back Time

Several years ago I was at the Sunfest (a fantastic free world music festival) in London, Ontario and spotted one of my favourite professors.  I wanted to go and talk to him, tell him about his great teaching, and how … Continue reading

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In Defiance of the Season

In defiance of the season, today was more like a gorgeous spring day. In fact, it might have been an early summer day with the way the temperature climbed beyond its usual station. So, is that Today’s Perfect Moment? Well … 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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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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A Good Ride Despite the Flat

Distance 73.42 km Elevation Gain 674 m Time 3h 50m**   (including pep talks and tube changes)   Finally, today I felt strong on the bike. I had been having trouble not having energy when out for rides.  I was … Continue reading

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