Category teaching

That Tiny Dot on the Map

As an American living abroad and teaching English, I often get asked where I’m from. This is an unusually tricky question to answer, and not necessarily because so many people suck at geography. Technically speaking, I hail from Maryville, Illinois, which is a mild-mannered suburban village of the type where it’s big local news when […]

The Classroom

          The classroom was a narrow, angular room on the top floor of the building. A horseshoe shaped arc of desks covered the circumference of the room. The desks were those hybrid combinations of table and chair, consisting of metal and molded hard plastic, in order to save space. The table top could be folded […]