Category Archives: teaching

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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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

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Call the Fashion Police

If you haven’t already read my piece entitled the Great T-shirt Debacle, you should. It will give you great context for what happened today.  Although, I should warn you.  This is less of a debacle and really was more of … Continue reading

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Compliments on Teaching

In my teaching situation…some might call it a career….others are less kind, I teach several different classes.  This means more planning for different student needs but also provides relief is one or more (but not all) of the classes aren’t … Continue reading

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Lessons in the Obvious

My student made me laugh today.  I doubt that I can do the scene any justice whatsoever.  I mean, it probably isn’t funny.  No, that’s not true.  It’s funny, but I don’t know if I can write it like it’s … Continue reading

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It’s About Time

There is an Asian supermarket near my house. I am sure I have written about it before.  I go there to grab Japanese candy, (as Heide knows I like so much) samosas, Vietnamese coffee, chocolate milk, lettuce, rye bread, and … Continue reading

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Green Tea KitKats and more

My student brought in two bags of green tea KitKats today. I was delighted, as were some of the students. Those who had never experienced them before were a bit confused.  While all agreed that the original was good, the … Continue reading

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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.

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