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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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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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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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Indulgence on Two Fronts

Yesterday was a long working day. If that sounds like a complaint, you’re wrong.  Besides this blog not being Today’s Whiny Moment, I actually like working.  I am grateful that there is extra work available.  I’ve got bills to pay, … 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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I’m Going to Make You Mad Teacher

“I am sorry teacher, but I am going to make you angry,” my student said with a mischievous glimmer in his eye and a slightly crooked smile upon his lips. I feared that he was going to complain about my … 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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My Friend Procrastination

Procrastination is a powerful thing. Why is it I would rather watch old YouTube videos than do something I have to do?  Why is it that I would rather think about what order I was going to eat the “leftover” … Continue reading

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