A leaving gift in five simple steps

Unbelievably, I have just one full week left teaching here in Singapore, so I made my students some leaving gifts. 1) Buy some watercolour paints and cheat by picking up a pre-designed pattern book. 2) Paint like an amateur using watercolours for the first time in a decade. Use far too much water, fail to…

8 More Common Mistakes by Asian Learners

After teaching in Singapore for almost two years, I wanted to highlight the common errors that my students make in order to help other teachers. This is a follow-up to my 5 Common Mistakes post which features different problems to tackle. I suspect some of these errors are reinforced outside our classroom since these are…

Classroom Curiosities XX

We’ve hit twenty in this series of gags brought to you directly from the classroom. Here is the latest from my students: Student: How do you spell swimming? Me: With two m’s. Student: I obviously didn’t exercise enough then Holiday highlights If Bruce Willis misused air quotes Well, they’re not wrong… Call the police Challenges…

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 an example of a recipe, one child described how to make soup. “Cut some vegetables….

Classroom Curiosities III

This week’s instalment of comments overheard in my classroom: Consumerism Isn’t it amazing to think of the varieties of fresh produce and items available in our supermarkets? One text prompted a student of mine to write, ‘She saw milk in the refrigerator.’ Yet she didn’t actually write milk. She wrote ‘milf.’ Hosting Like many others,…