What "brings out the best in you" as a teacher?

I am not sure if it was turning the clocks back one hour last weekend (resulting in darkness at 5:30 p.m.) or seeing my American friends so divided by the U.S. election, but I drew a blank this week for my blog. Some weeks I have a few topics, but this week nothing… until I saw this quote in my inbox this morning.

 

I just finished 5 weeks of supply teaching at a LINC centre for my good friend Nancy. When I was offered one day a week until the end of June, I happily accepted. For those of you outside of Canada, the federal government provides free language classes for immigrants and refugees at LINC centres. I actually started my teaching career 21 years ago at a LINC in one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Toronto. It was an incredible first year of teaching and I felt at home.

I left for Hong Kong at the end of that year where I spent 7 years. When I returned to Canada, I entered the college system to teach EAP (English for Academic...

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