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Learning Communities

Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27, 2017. 0 Replies

Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 19, 2017. 74 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17, 2017. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

Tags: 5, top

Use of L1 in the ESL classroom

Started by Evanthia Pogiatzi in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 10, 2017. 4 Replies

Hi people, i'm doing a research on whether is good for English language teachers to use the L1 of the students or the target language (English) when teaching in the classroom. So i would really…Continue

Tags: teaching, methodology, language, l1




The PRESENT is your present

presentWishing everyone a great holiday season with loved ones.

I'll be spending a beautiful warm Xmas this year in my new adopted home Guatemala. It's been a long time since I had a warm Christmas but brings back memories of my last one. 

I had the luck to spend a lot of time in Corsica, France while teaching in Europe and Canada. Months every year, with books, with sun, with friends and conversation. One Christmas there was very special.

I'd arrived from Canada and had gifts for everyone. Got up all excited and we exchanged gifts. However, only the children got gifts, not the adults. I felt like an idiot, having bought gifts for the adults too. Further, it was the first Christmas morning I hadn't got even ONE gift. Later that day, I went out to my "office" - a pagoda that sat high on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Ajaccio. I wrote this poem.

It remains special to me. As a teacher - it tells me to enjoy the moment of teaching. Just "being there", like Peter Sellers in that amazing film of the same name.


Everyday I say thank you for
the new morning.
But should the morning
not be given,
Ah! how I'd wake up
and embrace the newer night!

It's like the first Christmas
you finally don't
get anything.
Ah! How then
the bells ring in
the present!

If you enjoyed this - you might enjoy Stories to Inspire and Teach on EFL Classroom 2.0 or this post - The Dimensions of the Present

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Comment by Álvaro on December 25, 2010 at 4:07pm
Thanks for this present! Merry Christmas!

Comment by ddeubel on December 27, 2010 at 2:44pm



You are very welcome and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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