LEVEL UP! The Birthday Post

In other news, it was my birthday last month, which means that I have managed to survive yet another orbit around our mid-class yellow star. It means that I have advanced a year further in my life, and this, more than anything, demands a moment of reflection: I am now 29.

We have a bit of a backlog…

So, for those of you who don’t know, I’ve been back in Malta for the past six months now, though I haven’t been able to post all of my Slovakia backlog yet, for various reasons having to do with the mountain of work that I’ve been dealing with since being back. Between teaching full time,Continue reading “We have a bit of a backlog…”

Lightening Up and Going Mats-less: Techniques for Teaching English out of your Backpack

One of the most challenging things about teaching for SIDAS Language School is that the nature of the Active English Weeks Program makes any classroom activity that relies on extensive worksheets, readings, or individual materials in general a bit of a problem. Of course, in my experience, any lesson plan that relies excessively on worksheets isContinue reading “Lightening Up and Going Mats-less: Techniques for Teaching English out of your Backpack”

Seriously, Boss?

It’s safe to say that I have just survived the most ridiculous two days in my ESL career so far. So, a couple things you need to know about SIDAS Language School: our boss is pretty straightforward about what he expects from us, and he’s pretty up front about the challenges of the job. Before evenContinue reading “Seriously, Boss?”

Town Guide | Tábor, CR

While in Czech, the word tabor generally means “camp,” visiting this charming town won’t require anything close to roughing it. Situated about an hour and a half south of Prague by train, Tábor, a historically Hussite town established in the 15th century, boasts some great sights and enough pleasant attractions to fulfill a day passingContinue reading “Town Guide | Tábor, CR”

There’s No Going Home

This week was spent in Vel’ky Meder, a spa town about an hour south of Bratislava. Aside from the obvious perks (yes, we did score free tickets to the spa, which featured a diving pool, outdoor thermal baths that make winter swimming worth it, and, sure enough, a waterslide), our accomodation–a private teacher’s apartment onContinue reading “There’s No Going Home”

Everything I Ever Wanted…

Despite the shaky start to the week, I’m actually somewhat sad to be saying goodbye to Tábor. The week was everything I wanted this job with SIDAS Language School to be: a beautiful Central European town, with history and stunning architecture at every turn; smart, creative, fun kids with a great attitude and wonderful sensesContinue reading “Everything I Ever Wanted…”

Adventures in Vegetarianism Continued

Well. It’s dark. This week sees me venturing into the Czech Republic, through Prague and south, to a town called Tábor, where I’ll be teaching kids in the last year of primary school along with three other co-teachers: Jack, Clara, and a newcomer, Robin. Aside from the fact that we got lost following Jack’s mapContinue reading “Adventures in Vegetarianism Continued”

Drinking With Slovaks (Part II)

Click Here for Part I It turns out that “coffee” is pretty much the only English word Peter knows, though within a few minutes of him setting the water on boil, we’ve established that “sugar” means cukor (tsuu-kohr) and “milk” means mlieko (mm-lee-koh), and that instant coffee is the only thing Peter’s got in hisContinue reading “Drinking With Slovaks (Part II)”