Category Archives: reflections

What do you mean you don’t remember?!

Working with Very Young Learners can be painfully slow going and frustrating.  With the four year-olds especially, I often find myself wondering, ‘Am I really teaching them anything? Or are we just playing and singing songs?’ It seems like we’ll … Continue reading

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Feelings of Isolation

  When I first started teaching, I worked at a public school in the States and then at language academies in Spain.  As a teacher new to the field and keen on personal development, I often sought out opportunities for … Continue reading

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The Conference High

I love going to Teachers’ Conferences.  I always walk away with my head buzzing and full of ideas.  They’re energizing and motivational, especially at this time of year when I need just a little boost of excitement about teaching to … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Blog Challenge

Mindfulness seems to be popping up everywhere lately.  It’s being used in business to increase worker potential and give them an edge in decision-making.   It’s also used in education to help students focus and to aid teachers in preventing … Continue reading

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Blurred lines and awkward conversations

As teachers of young learners we take on many roles.  We lead our students in class, share knowledge with them, cheer them on, listen to them, protect them, arbitrate between them, care for them… the list goes on and on.  … Continue reading

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End of Term Progress Report

It’s been quite a while since I last posted (since March!) but I’ve been so busy this school year that I simply haven’t had time to sit down and write.  Now that I’m on summer vacation, I’ll have more time … Continue reading

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Blogging Habits Ramble

Zhenya’s blog post called ‘Blogging Habits (1)‘ has been floating around my head since the beginning of January when she added it to her blog ‘Wednesday Seminars’; I am not alone in having my interest piqued.  A number of bloggers … Continue reading

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Teaching Tweens

I hadn’t taught tweens (ages 11-12) in quite a long time.  For about six years I had taught mostly very young learners ages 4 to 10.  It’s only a question of two years but in that time they change so … Continue reading

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Resolutions For the New School Year

As we are on the brink of starting a new school year, I thought it best to reflect a bit on some things I’d like to change in my classroom.  I think it’s important to take notice of what’s working … Continue reading

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Cycling As Teacher

I’ve always been into sports and keeping physically fit so when my knee started to give out because of running, I was rather disappointed.  Running was my way of getting in some exercise while relieving stress at the same time.  … Continue reading

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