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Clever teachers and students

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    I teach English to 3-5 year olds and my daughter aged 14 helps me with the class. One of my students who is slightly handicapped needed extra attention so I asked my daughter, Cecilia, to read a book to a 4 year old girl named Megan. Before getting started, Megan began to interview Cecilia and asked, "Do you have any children?"

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    Author: Brett Jansen Type: Anecdote

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    Author: Anna Merenyi Type: Anecdote

    It happened during a recent lesson and the topic was dreaming. I always like to know about my students' personal experiences, especially when it is related to language learning, so I asked the class whether anyone had ever dreamt in English. One student proudly said that he had had a dream in English the previous night.

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    Author: Lenora Queiroz Type: Anecdote

    I had been teaching for about 2 year when I first faced teaching teens. The school manager invited me into her office and asked me if I could substitute an absent teacher. Sure I could! She then told me to have a look at that teacher's roll call, notes and books that were in her pigeonhole in the teachers' room. As I entered there, I felt loads of eyes lying on me, as if I was wearing something weird! But no. They started asking me if I was the one called to teach THAT dreadful teenager ...

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    We all know that each class has diligent students who regularly do their homework and less diligent ones who always find an excuse or a lie for their laziness.

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    A former colleague of mine told me the following anecdote more than 15 years ago and I still like it - what about you?

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