Tag Archives: Canada

Thankful

It is Canadian Thanksgiving and the perfect time to say what we are thankful for. I am thankful for: My family and best friends.  I take them for granted sometimes, don’t call as often as I should, or don’t do … Continue reading

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Bananas Are Not Safe Anywhere

Just when you thought the rants about bananas was over, I discover that no bananas are safe. All bananas are targets for advertising revenue.  The brand is unimportant.  Everyone is doing this.  Soon it will be the apples, then it … Continue reading

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Canada

Amid all the controversy of celebrating colonialism, though the birthday for that would be much more than 150 years, I feel that I need to write something about this day.   I don’t really need to commemorate anything.  Instead of celebrating … 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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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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