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My Top 10 Strangest Experiences on Public Buses in Greece

No matter what country you’re in, trips on public buses have tremendous entertainment potential. There’s something about a mass of total strangers crammed into a large metal box that seems to be a recipe for eccentricity. Here in Greece, I … Continue reading

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What do you get when you mix Telephone, Pictionary, and a bunch of Greek teenagers?

As a teacher of English as a foreign language, I’ve come to rely on what I like to call the Sneaky Teacher Motive. The Sneaky Teacher Motive is in its element when it represents a real lesson lurking in the … Continue reading

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Putting on Our Big Kid Pants

As planned, I went into my research paper class this morning and asked them what consequences they thought would be fair. After expressing my disappointment, I explained my dilemma as a teacher: on the one hand, I had told them … Continue reading

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Classroom War Stories: Challenges and Successes

Three weeks ago, I began a series of classes on American-style research papers for one of my classes–a class mainly comprised of students who plan to attend university in the United States. We devoted whole classes on the basics: what … Continue reading

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(Greek) kids say the darnedest things!

At one of the schools I teach at, my job is to run practice speaking tests for the English certification exams (Michigan ECCE and ECPE, Cambridge FCE and CPE) with the students. It’s something I’ve really come to enjoy, actually, … Continue reading

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Teacher Face

As a teacher of English as a foreign language, I’ve definitely learned the power of body language. Only a few of my students are low-level English speakers, but it helps even those with near-bilingual proficiency–physical cues help not only overcome … Continue reading

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Culture Shock AGAIN: Next time, I’ll take the electric eel.

December 22, 2010: First day back in Bozeman, Montana In the interest of keeping me moving and therefore less susceptible to jet lag, my dad and I headed to Heeb’s, a small grocery store, to get the roast for Christmas … Continue reading

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