A Rum Day

The eye patch slid down over my left eye as I focused on the orange dot. “All I need now is a parrot.” “Push your chin downwards. Tilt your forehead forwards. Stay still. Don’t blink.” I began my staring contest with the laser scanner, fighting the urge. Both eyes prickled and began to water. I…

Learning from my students

Curiosity. I lost it temporarily. The pursuit of it caused me to quit my job and move halfway across the world. Now as a teacher, my students often ask me about things I’ve never really considered, such as why a toothbrush is not called a teethbrush, or why carpet isn’t a pet for your car….

Teaching English – one month in

I’ve completed my first four weeks teaching English here in Singapore. I’m enjoying the job, and mostly teaching Kindergarteners (aged 4-5) their phonics to enable them to read, along with expanding their vocabulary. However, I have some older groups up to Primary 3 level (8-9 years) which focus on comprehension and honing productive speaking and…