Storybird–an English Learning Website

July 3rd, 2015

A reading/writing website recommended by I Simply Love to Share, an FB group started by Sarah Yin (殷彩鳳老師), a teacher friend who, though not teaching in a formal school, have inexhaustible passion for and a great commitment to teaching English.

At this site, one can not only read a variety of stories but also create their own stories.


“Everything I Own”–a Song

July 2nd, 2015

This is a good song to teach the idea of expressing love before it’s too late and not taking things for granted, and grammatically, the relative clause. How I love this stanza:

Is there someone you know, /You’re loving them so, /But taking them all for granted? /You may lose them one day. /Someone takes them away,/And they don’t hear the words you long to say. Read the rest of this entry »

Test Writing

July 1st, 2015

This evening I was writing a practice test for a publishing company. The test contains eight sections. Given five sample tests, including one from my friend Annie, I had to figure out myself what is tested in each part.  Read the rest of this entry »

Can you teach people to have empathy?

June 30th, 2015

A topic I have been curious about.

Can you teach people to have empathy? 

29 June 2015
Empathy is a quality that is integral to most people’s lives – and yet the modern world makes it easy to lose sight of the feelings of others. But almost everyone can learn to develop this crucial personality trait, says Roman Krznaric.

Open Harper Lee‘s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and one line will jump out at you: “You never really understand another person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Read the rest of this entry »

Admirable No Impact Man

June 29th, 2015

Looking for ideas for test writing, I came across an article on a past test held at NHSH. Curious about the protagonist, I surfed the Internet and found this website. What Beavan and his family are doing is incredible!

On Our Way Back to Taipei

June 27th, 2015

We are on our way back to our hime.

Trip to Hsi-tou with Mom

June 26th, 2015

Today my hus and I took my mom and sister to Hsi-tou for a two-day trip. I hadn’t expected my mom would immediately agree to come with us. Usually, she would say she would rather stay home because it would be inconvenient for her to travel around. So the moment she said yes, I was more than happy!

And here we are at Hsi-tou, one of my favorite places in Taiwan. My mom talked and laughed a lot during the trip. Her happy smile is one of the most beautiful things in the world!


A Break

June 25th, 2015

After reading Kay Koplovitz’s “Get in touch with nature” in the TIME article “10 Business Leaders on Creating a Productive Lifestyle,” I decided to take a walk first thing this morning. A nature lover, how I wish to stay in the mountains or by the sea for some time! Read the rest of this entry »

“10 Business Leaders on Creating a Productive Lifestyle”–from TIME

June 24th, 2015

10 Business Leaders on Creating a Productive Lifestyle

Michael Simmons / Entrepreneur

June 23, 2015     

Set one priority for the day

Productivity tips come in all shapes and sizes.

Just look at Warren Buffett, a man considered one of the best investors in the history of human civilization. But what might be more impressive than his track record is his schedule. It is the exact opposite of what you’d expect out of the CEO of a $350 billion company. It has been reported that he generally reads for 80 percent of his day and spends the rest having one-on-one conversations with long-time friends who happen to be CEOs of the companies that Berkshire owns, according to the book The Outsiders. This has been his schedule for decades. Read the rest of this entry »

Remedial Teaching–”補救教學/提升教師編制 別學半套”–from UDN

June 23rd, 2015補救教學/提升教師編制-別學半套

補救教學/提升教師編制 別學半套

2015-06-23 02:22:54      聯合報 成靜傑/國中導師(台南市)

拜讀廿二日「分科能力分班才能真補救」一文,實心有戚戚焉!何以教育部在「補救教學」措施上花了大錢,卻得不到好的效果呢?這又是一個「學半套」所致「橘逾淮為枳」的政策案例。 Read the rest of this entry »