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… and the adventure begins again!

This first month of school has been a total rollercoaster of emotions!  Between first day jitters, stress from organizing too many clubs, and getting a handle on the emotions of teenagers (or at least trying to); it has taken me the whole month to get back into the groove of things.  During my free time (which wasn’t much), I enjoyed reading a few books that my school got from Darien Book Aid.  I already finished up Write Before Your Eyes...

Літо!

Now that summer has officially ended (the first day of Fall was last month), I am very excited to share my summer adventures with everyone! My summer began with a two-day celebration! The first event honored the teachers.  We got flowers from our students, awards from our school directors, and had a special lunch.  Since there were no more classes to teach, we were able to relax and enjoy our free time together.  We talked (without students being present), ate,...

Springtime for … Ukrainians (and the American)

Spring is Ukraine is truly the most wonderful time of the year (I may be a little biased): snow melts, green grass appears, and the birds and flowers finally make an appearance after hiding for months! I have been kept VERY busy this spring! Between teaching 18 classes a week, running 3 clubs, tutoring, and getting my 3rd cold (which turned into a sinus infection) since moving to Ukraine, I have had little time to relax.        ...

Gummy vs. Candy Challenge

A few days ago (in between lesson planning and teaching) my sister and I stumbled across a hilarious YouTube channel: Josh Darnit.  If you have no idea what I am talking about, you should really go check it out.  I have used several of these videos in my classes, so I can say that students love them and the videos are educational (i.e. they are good for learning English). Since I’ve gotten inspiration from YouTube videos showing various challenges, this week’s...