Category Archives: teaching

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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When the Weary Search for Food

Today’s Perfect Moment is a celebration of food and conversation in a great setting. When I write those words, I am convinced that all of you reading this are probably nodding your heads in agreement.  You know what I am … Continue reading

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What Student Notebooks Teach Us

Yesterday’s Back to School Post must still be stuck in my head because it slightly affected the my world today. I teach ESL to adults in the Toronto area.  These are not immigrants, but rather people who want/need to improve … Continue reading

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Making the Teacher Speechless

Teaching a new class can be hard. You’ve got to walk into the room and win them over.  When the students’ level is lower, this is more theatrics, and slow and clear speaking.  When the class is quite advanced, this … Continue reading

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…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

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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

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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

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New Topics of Conversation…Finally

English teachers, especially new ones, love to talk about grammar and teaching. With the summer upon us and an huge influx of teachers for the busy summer season, things can get loud in the teacher’s room.  The debates about the … Continue reading

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Ten Years Later

The ESL world in Toronto is somewhat of a small world.  It’s either that or I’ve been doing it so long that I have cycled through all the people in the industry.  I think I would rather stay with the … Continue reading

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Both Sides of the Coin

Friday’s Perfect Moment is special in that it came conveniently packaged with its opposite. It came at me with its one-two punch.  Though I don’t really like gun metaphors, it was a double barrel shotgun blast.  Fortunately, the good came … Continue reading

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