To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, February 20, 2010


I got up early today, didn't have any problem sleeping despite the discomfort of this cough I still have.. As soon as I woke up I logged on blogger to continue working  on the layout. Great, the morning "handwork" did pay off in some way and little did I notice that it was already past nine and I hadn't taken a shower yet.

I got to work at exactly ten, that made today a 20-minute-ride rather than the usual. I wasn't late, just on time. Thanks to the cab driver who was sensitive enough to his passenger catching up the time and of his driving safely despite the speed.

Gave an exam to my first class of the day,  my cute kids of nine to eleven-year-old group. The emphasis was on the lexis we have studied particularly  adjectives as "interesting, boring, tiny, exciting, dirty, terrible and proud".

I read out loud the first  question as this "I am blank to be Thai" and I solicited what was the best word for the blank. One eager student stated "Teacher, I am dirty to be Thai'. So I replied, "not really, hmm.. it should be something good, it couldn't be dirty could you please try another answer?" Then another one added,  "Teacher, terrible!. So there, I repeated the sentence as this " you mean, I am terrible to be Thai????" With of course facial expression intending to lighten the mood, the rest laughed and that started the fun. Of course, after the chuckle everybody yelled "PROUD". I'm proud to be Thai."

When the written test was done and while going over with the test papers I thought it would be helpful to reinforce the lexis and should be included in the speaking test. I arranged then for the students to come up with sentences using the vocabulary apart from the oral test coverage.

Everybody did well except one naughty smart student who I asked to redo the activity as I couldn't get his sentences exactly. To cut the story short, he then recited his sentences. The last one was on the word "terrible". He then said, "Teacher V is terrible".  Hahahahaha! I relayed I couldn't accept the sentence as I didn't like it and he had to give me two sentences instead. Hmmmm hahaha!

That was joyful, we all know students do some things to perk the teacher up, in my case, I love it as it shows that in some way students are getting comfortable with the teacher aside from gaining confidence and if they do, they can express better likewise learn positively . One thing I do not want in class is for the students to be  both distant and reserved. I always get the option for them to be actively participating in the activities and doing their job well, much more on better comprehension after all, classes are for that purpose I believe.

I love these students as by time  and somehow,  they are becoming like me.....yes.......T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E! LOLOLOL!


  1. Really it's terrible & funny. lol

  2. That's nice MC! Good job! Your students not only like you but they love you as well. This simply means that you are good in teaching... But of course, take care of yourself too, as you're getting sickly thesedays. Take care! ;)

  3. Thanks Ely and Elekx! :D

    @Elekx, don't worry "luv six" lang siguro to lololol! Seriously, yeah Finals were stressful thats why I let myself be "idle" for days after. So far, I think I'm slowly recovering. You have a nice day your due is fast approaching, take care!:D