“Because I’m Happy” – New Year’s Activity

  I had to consider so many different constraints when creating this video-homework-task that it became quite difficult. Time will tell how effective it was. 1) The first constraint was actually time – I HAD to have it ready by Monday (two days ago). I’m trying to get my new students used to doing homework … Continue reading “Because I’m Happy” – New Year’s Activity

One Pandemic – MANY BOOKS! Thurbon, Grossman, Gaiman, Castel-Blum & Patchett

Note: The book I began reading on the very first day of “Sheltering in Place”, The Time of Our Singing by Powers has its own post (click on the title to view it).  It took me time to read all 642 pages of it! Since then my pace of reading has picked up (even though … Continue reading One Pandemic – MANY BOOKS! Thurbon, Grossman, Gaiman, Castel-Blum & Patchett

“Women’s Day”, Being A Teacher & “The Mermaid Chair” by Sue Monk Kidd

Yes, I admit it. I’d much rather reflect on how the book I recently read ties in with “Women’s Day” (March 8) and what it has to do with me being a teacher, than dwell on the question of whether we’re going back to school as scheduled in two days despite the CoronaVirus. Stressful times … Continue reading “Women’s Day”, Being A Teacher & “The Mermaid Chair” by Sue Monk Kidd

It’s Saturday! TWO Movies, One Book & Half a Recipe – All Related to Korea!

I didn’t plan on having a “Korean Themed Month”. In fact, there weren’t any theme plans at all  – it just turned out that way! It all began with the movie “Parasites” by Korean director Bong Joon Ho.  There was a lot of favorable talk about the film after the Cannes film festival 2019  film … Continue reading It’s Saturday! TWO Movies, One Book & Half a Recipe – All Related to Korea!

Vocabulary Retrieval Exercises; Paper vs Digital – Which is Better?

Are you familiar with those reading comprehension exercises in which students are required to read the title of the passage, then copy the sentence from the text which answers the question in the title? Well, if this post were such an exercise, here’s the sentence you would need to copy: “I don’t know”. While I … Continue reading Vocabulary Retrieval Exercises; Paper vs Digital – Which is Better?

Saturday’s Book: “Just About Life” by Kevin Stein

This is one of those times when I say; “Forget the students!” I actually eagerly sat down at first to read Kevin Stein’s free book (PDF or Ebook) “Just About Life” because I did have students in mind at first. Kevin wrote this collection of short stories  (fiction) with controlled vocabulary and length, (as he … Continue reading Saturday’s Book: “Just About Life” by Kevin Stein

A Video for an Imaginary Staff Meeting on “BALANCE”

Note – I first learned of this video from the Film English blog, a blog well worth following.  If you are looking for an additional lesson plan for students with this video, I suggest visiting  Cristina’s blog, Blog de Cristina . There’s never enough time at school to talk about some things. So many truly pressing issues … Continue reading A Video for an Imaginary Staff Meeting on “BALANCE”

Saturday’s Book: “Farewell Anatolia” by Dido Sotiriou

This is another one of those books that I read because of a chance discovery at the library.  Many times (like today!) I get frustrated by the list of books the library doesn’t carry, books recommended to me. But books like this one remind me of what I would be missing if I only read the … Continue reading Saturday’s Book: “Farewell Anatolia” by Dido Sotiriou