“Teacher for One Day, Father For Ever”

August 21st, 2014

(Photo taken with Dai-ying’s camera)

Today, two former students from Class 311 and I spent almost four hours talking about life. I taught them in their senior year and my last year of teaching. I’m happy that they take me not only as an English teacher but an adult friend to confide in and spend time with. In traditional Chinese culture, a teacher, even if teaching for only one day, is respected as a father forever. Well, as for me, being my students’ friend who they can count on is what makes teaching a rewarding career. Read the rest of this entry »

Less Is More–英文「減法學習」 學童成績反變好

August 20th, 2014


英文「減法學習」 學童成績反變好



教材減半、沒有家庭作業「How are you?」有外國觀光客一到綠島,就被想練說英文的小學生圍住,還寫信給台東縣政府,讚美他們英文說得好。這群小學生的英語能力,是台東縣政府推動「減法學習」,把小學八冊英語課本減半、只教四冊的成果,因實驗成功,今年將延伸到國中也實施。 Read the rest of this entry »

A Great Grammar Resource: Learn American English Online–from tesol blog

August 19th, 2014


A Great Grammar Resource: Learn American English Online

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Alexandra Lowe

Last year, one of my students introduced our class to Learn American English Online, a website that he liked to use on his smartphone to practice his grammar during breaks at work and at home. As I explained in an earlier blog post, this website includes seven color-coded levels of instruction, ranging from beginner to advanced. Each lesson is introduced by a folksy video that explains the relevant grammar point and includes a series of grammar quizzes and dictation exercises (with answers) that students can use at home for additional controlled practice. Read the rest of this entry »

Lovely Class 314 Reunion

August 18th, 2014

Time: 6:20pm, Aug. 16, 2014

Place: Fani Burger at Neihu

Gina and me

(Photo by Pao-chen)

I was really happy to join these big kids! They graduated from NHSH in 2009. I taught them in their senior year. Over the span of one year, we got to know and got along with each other very well, seeming like we’d been together for three or more years. Read the rest of this entry »

Teachers Are the Key–教師也跟著改 成功教改

August 17th, 2014


教師也跟著改 成功教改


2014.08.15 10:46 am

很樂見新北市決定取消特色招生,原本這種東西就是假的,實際上就是為了滿足很會考試、只會考試的學生。 Read the rest of this entry »

A Happy Class Reunion

August 16th, 2014

Today my high school class had a reunion at a vegetarian restaurant at noon. Shirley came back to Taiwan from the States for a three-week vacation. Read the rest of this entry »

Always Wear Dark Suits–a TEDx Video

August 16th, 2014

“Always Wear Dark Suits” by Adam Grant. A 14-minute TEDx talk recommended by a dear friend Annie (詹麗馨老師) via FB.

Robin Williams–Lesson Plan

August 15th, 2014

The recent death of Robin Williams, a famous and beloved American comedian, shocked and saddened the world. The John Keating he played in the movie “Dead Poets Society,” inspired myriads of teachers, and I’m one of them.

The following is a lesson plan for a reading on Roin Williams. It was shared by a good friend Sarah Yin (殷彩鳳老師) via I Simply Love to Share, an FB group set up by Sarah. Read the rest of this entry »

An Elementary School with Only Eight Graduates–劉克襄/八個孩子的下一堂課

August 14th, 2014




2014.08.14 01:39 am
學期末時,我收到一封來自神木村的信,決定前往那裡,參加八位小學生的畢業典禮。神木村以前有兩所小學。兩年前,神木國小因為土石流威脅,早已廢校,也廢村了。隆華國小則在八八風災時摧毀,如今重建,還有四十幾位學生。 Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s Talk

August 13th, 2014

A former student called me this evening, letting out to me something disturbing her. After listening to my analysis and advice, she told me she felt much better. Read the rest of this entry »