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Classroom Curiosities XVII

This belated edition features some failed origami, Ramadan, and some of my students grappling with the longevity of life. FriendShip My primary classes have been learning about procedures, and my 7 year olds were invited to make a paper boat. … Continue reading

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5 Common Mistakes for Asian Learners

Having taught young learners in Singapore for the past year and a half, I’ve noticed the regular hurdles that trip up my students while learning English. 1. Androgynous – he or she? This is a common mistake for my Chinese … Continue reading

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Antisocial

Back in January, I locked myself out of Facebook and Instagram. Here’s an honest account of the last four months sans social media following my initial ‘Life Without Likes’┬ápost. It hasn’t all been plain sailing I recently sent my pregnant … Continue reading

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Classroom Curiosities XVI

When being an adult is tiring, it is good to see things from a child’s perspective. Luckily, I have over a hundred of them to brighten my week: Family friendly Some of my students have been writing personal recounts about … Continue reading

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Filling in the Gaps

I’ve never been comfortable with silence. I strike up conversations with strangers on long haul planes. I fill blank spaces with empty small talk. I condense my experiences into conversation fodder. I misquote idioms. I overshare with new acquaintances and … Continue reading

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Classroom Curiosities XV

This week, my classes covered self-realisation, a new way of blowing your nose and found an alternative sidekick for Pinocchio. Fast food I’ve been teaching our lower primary kids all about procedures and using imperative verbs. When I asked for … Continue reading

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My Green Guru

It’s May the 4th which can only mean one thing… Sorry to disappoint you, fellow Star Wars fans. My new master is this little guy: Lately, I’ve broken the humdrum rhythm of my life to tackle some new challenges. I’ve … Continue reading

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