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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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It’s Elementary

  There’s a certain adrenaline rush when you’re in front of a new class. New teachers will be better acquainted with it than old ones.  They will probably mislabel it fear, but that isn’t a reason to distrust their descriptions.  … Continue reading

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Tempus Fugit

I wouldn’t honestly say my teaching was inspired today. It wasn’t bad either.  When I talk about inspired teaching it usually means that I have come up with an activity or approach that really got the students talking and really … Continue reading

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Today’s Delicious Moment

There are lots of benefits to being the kind of ESL teacher I am. I work for a private company that caters to adults (at least from an age perspective, though not always based on actually maturity) who expressly came … Continue reading

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Ice and Everything After

I went out for a walk yesterday, armed  with only the camera on my phone.  It was a beautiful day, with the sun shining, and people getting back to normal after the late winter/early spring snow.  What I saw struck … Continue reading

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And Winter says “No.”

  Today’s Perfect Moment comes to you courtesy of Mother Nature. Just when I thought it was safe to put away the toque and the gloves, I wake to a lots of snow and ice.  It was a less than … Continue reading

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Teaching Students To Love Reading

Today I tried hard to inspire my students to read books and stories in English. This task sounds so easy on paper but in reality it is plagued with difficulty.  What cannot be argued with is that students who improve … Continue reading

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Goodbye Door to Door Mail Delivery

Right now, as I write this, they are installing my new “community” mailbox. Okay, that isn’t exactly true.  In fact, they are just scooping out the dirt from the embankment to make a space for the new mailboxes.  They’ve got … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

As I sip my morning coffee at this late hour, struggling to overcome the effects of turkey induced sleep, I just wanted to wish all Canadians (and anyone else who is celebrating or has celebrated)  at home and abroad, a … Continue reading

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Omens of the Year Ahead

I wouldn’t characterized myself as the most superstitious person on the planet, but I do believe in luck, both good and bad.  So, how do I interpret the events that have begun the new year?  I had every intention of … Continue reading

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