November 2018

 Hello everyone. I'm Andrew. It’s getting to that time of year again with darker evenings, and colder weather. Christmas is just around the corner and, for us here at Earnest English Academy, Observation Week.

This season is a busy one for everyone, including us here at E.E.A. We are currently in full preparation mode for having some of our students’ parents come and observe our lessons. Throughout the year we are constantly training and trying to improve ourselves and our lessons, so that students are able to get the most out of the lessons whilst also having lots of fun. With many parents coming to observe our lessons, it’s a good opportunity for them to see how their child or children are doing, and also to see how much effort, passion and skill each teacher at E.E.A has. This is an important time for us here at E.E.A because we want our students and parents alike to be satisfied with everything our school has to offer.

 To be a good teacher you need to prepare, but sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you prepare when the students do or say something unforeseen. This is where each teacher’s true ability shines - being able to take these unforeseen occurrences and turn them into something that helps the lesson or simply doesn’t derail the lesson. In Observation Week, these occurrences can happen more often and it can really test a teacher when parents are watching.

 Working with students over the last few years has really opened my eyes to the unexpected things children sometimes say or do, and this can correlate with our own private lives. Unexpected things, good or bad, can affect us at any moment and how we deal with them will shape our lives going forward.

 The key is flexibility and a positive attitude. This is something that we try to instill in our students here at E.E.A.










         Hello! This is Rob, your Canadian envoy to English education at Earnest.

Now that we have entered November,we have seen another Halloween come and go. As our students and parents are well aware, Halloween Week at Earnest is quite the spectacle. Seeing the excitement and enthusiasm of our students as they run around our spooky halls in colourful costumes, filling the school with jubilant screams of fear and delight, reminds me of what a great opportunity this time is for them to get a taste of a popular piece of western culture. Speaking with many of my older,long-term students, I am always surprised to hear that their only experience with Halloween has been through the events hosted here at Earnest. It makes me appreciate the eagerness of our students for this once-a-year week, and I understand with gratitude the thanks of parents for providing their children with such an exciting opportunity.

This year again, we were able to see outstanding creativity and cleverness in the costumes worn in our school. A very big thank you to parents who helped their kids in constructing their unique outfits, and a hearty congratulations to the many students who won any of our various costume contest awards. This costumed collaboration was especially fun for me as well, as I enjoyed how zealously students interacted with my character, heroically chasing me through the halls or tepidly trying to sidestep my sketchy specter. Perhaps most amusing was that most students, even those I teach, didn’t know it was me under the outfit, allowing me a fun dramatic reveal. Events like these give us a great chance to play and have fun with our students outside of our regular educational curriculum, so I hope students will look back on these times with as much fondness as we do.


I hope you all look forward to this same time next year, and I look forward to being surprised by your creative costumes!

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