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“Let’s do the mountain,” I said to Nate before work. We had started doing stairs up a small mountain near our house. We had nicknamed it “Jellyfish Mountain” because of the large freshwater spring at the base that was full of tiny opaque freshwater jellyfish. I had been dealing with some clashes at work, and … More Communication and Cultural Understanding
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Sonya and Rose had offered to take us to one of the main tourists attractions in Jinan called Thousand Buddha Mountain. They told us that if we went before the first tour at 6:00am we could get in for free. Nate set the alarm for 3:30am!…
Spencer, a friendly, but Spacey guy we had met wandering around our local “Uni-mart”, had informed us of bars where foreigners were given free drinks. Spencer had promised to show us one of these bars. After meeting up with a couple of other Jinan acquaintances: Ray, Nick, Jess we let Spencer lead us to the … More Phebes: Dancing in a box.
Friday April 20th was the opening day of the Toronto Fast Pass event, an in person training workshop for individuals interested in the online TEFL company, VIPKID. I would be working Saturday April 21st, but I still got on the Metro to meet up with my fast pass team for dinner to celebrate the opening … More Toronto Fast Pass: OPENING WEEK
At VIPKID we love children who live halfway around the world like they are our own. Regardless as to whether we are long term teachers, world wonderers, retirees, stay at home moms, or if we simply stumbled upon VIPKID by accident, we have all been brought together by our love of children. Some of us … More Saskatchewan, there is no distance between us today.
“Draw,” I said holding up my mouse to the screen. “Draw a line,” I said marking a line across the screen. “Draw,” I said again emphatically moving my finger up and down in the air in front of me. The student stared at me through the computer screen. I was frustrated, she was frustrated, and … More Assessing trial students in a non-stressful environment
“This is great!” I said to my husband as I propped my whiteboard up against the window of my car, and balanced my computer on a stack of books on the driver’s seat. I turned on my mobile hot spot to check the connection speed, and logged into my classroom. “Now I can literally teach … More Should I ____ in class
“Ok, bye bye star!” I said, trying to lock the child in his chair with my gaze through my computer screen. I was teaching my online ESL student Alan again. For a long time he was my most loyal regular. I started teaching him shortly after beginning with the company, and he signed up for … More Writing Culturally Appropriate Parent Feedback
“Wait! Come back!!” a forlorn voice cried from my computer, “Come back to the classroom…” My six month old son was bouncing up and down in his exer-saucer, his eyes glued to the screen. Six months old, and he’s already addicted to technology. On my little blue Acer, a video stream was playing of a … More The Aha! Moment