Catch the Sun

It’s been a while since I have done a creative writing post. Today, I have three short stories that I would like to share with you. I remember when I was writing my high school English practice exam and one of the prompts that they gave us was this picture: So I decided to use…

Calgary’s 100th Stampede!

Being an ESL teacher has made me so much more aware and proud of the culture in Alberta. Though I am not normally a country music listening or cowboy hat wearing type of girl, I truly enjoyed “showing off” this side of Calgary to my students. We took them to the annual parade, brought them…

What I’ve learned so far in teaching

It’s hard to believe that I’ve already been teaching over half a year! Throughout these past months, I’ve picked up some very helpful advice from colleagues as well as learned from my own mistakes. Here’s a brief compilation of what I’ve learned so far in my first year of teaching:   1. Parents. I wouldn’t…

Photo Scavenger Hunt Ideas!

This morning, the school had an Easter party/surprise bridal shower (for one of our teachers) at Eau Claire Market. Each class was in charge of coming up with a game to “teach” the rest of the school. There were many laughs as students tossed eggs, wrapped each other up in toilet paper, and stuck raw…

Speed Dating at School

Good day to you dear reader! I made my students speed date today but not in the way you might think! You see, this week our theme is on People, so naturally I taught physical descriptions and personality traits to my class. And what better way to wrap it all up than creating a fictional dating…

Bittersweet Blessing (my 100th post!)

One of the things that I appreciate about my job is the fun and laid back atmosphere of the school. Because it is a small school, I get to know my students fairly quickly and I feel comfortable joking with them and teasing them. It also helps that they are all around my age so…

When My Plan Fails

When I got to the school today, I realized that I had forgotten my USB at home. I had all my worksheets and activities and games that I had planned for the day stored in that memory stick. Luckily, I had my laptop with me and managed to e-mail most of it to myself and…