Rainy Days in Québec

  Well, we’ve got a couple more students who have arrived at the school and also at our house. I’m glad that there is a new mix of students every week – it makes class a little more interesting when the dynamics change. I made a friend this week from Texas – she’s also a…

Energizer

I miss painting. I think I’m going to pick up some brushes and paints this weekend and just go at it. I am getting so excited just thinking about it. I also plan to catch up on some much neglected reading this weekend. I find I resort to watching TV shows and movies every time…

Breaking into Summer

I am thrilled that the weather has at last decided to warm up after what seemed like 7 months of winter up here in the north! I was finally able to do summery things on the weekend and it was so wonderful to do so after being cooped up indoors for so long. Friday night…

A Seventh Grade Story

Today I gave my junior high students this writing assignment: Select a memory from your own life, but tweak it so that it becomes fiction. You can make it sci-fi, add new characters, change the setting, etc. but it has to be based on a true life event. Here is a story that had me laughing…

Summer Reading

Since I have very little time to spare during the day, I have been catching up on my reading on my morning commute to work. Normally, I end up feeling car sick when I read in a moving vehicle, and so I’ve been hesitant to read on the train. However, I finally gave it a…

Learning Vocabulary from Blogs

I have been teaching an extra class everyday on vocabulary for lower-intermediate students. At first, I absolutely blanked on what to teach because vocabulary is so extensive! But then I finally decided to do a course on “real-life” vocabulary. I want to show students vocabulary used in natural speech by looking at blogs, songs, magazines…

Dr. Seuss In My Classroom

I apologize for the hiatus, it’s been a very busy couple of weeks! The holidays were well spent amongst family and friends, I hope yours were too! So after all the chocolate eating, the puzzle making, the movie watching and people seeing – I think it’s time I update this blog! So I am an…