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Posts in category ESL Teaching

I’m finally tired of pelmeni.

I’m finally tired of pelmeni.

This is a moment of switch, you guys. I got back from Moscow on Sunday, with 11 kg of books in my bag, and had a small breakdown regarding how far away from home I am and  the question of whether or not I have accomplished anything in the last two months. Then, I went […]

This blog post comes to you in two parts.

This blog post comes to you in two parts.

Today was an interesting mix of horrifying and wonderful. Part I I woke up at noon, refreshed after last night’s evening of pampering myself with an unnecessary shower, candles, wine, and delicious goat cheese. I had two and a half hours before I needed to be at the university for an appointment with a student […]

I’ve been doing some thinking lately.

I’ve been doing some thinking lately.

Now that I feel more-or-less-as-much-as-I’m-ever-going-to fully settled in, and now that I all of a sudden have two weeks of drastically reduced classroom hours while my students write their theses, I’ve been looking for new things to occupy my time. And what ever-present lover should call my name, but the library. I went back to the library […]

Small Victories

Small Victories

Today was Halloween. There was no pumpkin. I spent the weekend on a wild rollercoaster between feverishly weak and energetically running around to a dozen different stores getting together the things I needed for the Halloween party. I’ve never been so stressed for Halloween! I didn’t know how many people would come, or how active […]

Teacher Teacher

Teacher Teacher

One of the strangest transitions for me in the last few weeks has been realizing that I am a grownup. Or at least I have to act like one in front of the students. This is the first time since age 3 that I have not been a student. Now, I’m at a new school […]