Student of the Month

Congratulations to John Alexander Guzman! Pre-Intermediate Class  Student’s Home Country Bogota, Colombia Student’s Miami Recommendation My advice for go out it’s Art Wynwood. It is good place if you like graffiti art. It is close to Miami Beach and you can go any day the week or on the second Saturday of each month for local Miami food, the special exhibit that day, and nice food trucks. The address is 2722 NW 2nd Ave. Miami, Florida. Teacher’s Comments John is a great student. He participates in class and gets along well with everyone. He always has something interesting to share about the class.

Teacher of the Month

                      Teacher of the Month        Anu Madan Pre-Intermediate Teacher’s Home State North Carolina/West     Virginia Teacher’s Miami     Recommendation I recommend Midtown – close to downtown Miami. It’s a great place to     eat and even go out. Sugar Cane (3250 NE 1st Ave., 33137) is a     good place to eat or have a drink. Many locals hang out there.  If you’re in the mood for tacos, you can     eat at Mercaditos (3252 NE 1st Ave, 33137) where they offer a     special brunch on Sundays. There is a club – Bardot (3450 N Miami Ave.,     33137), which offers great music and DJs from all over the world.     Everything is within walking distance of each other. Teacher’s English Tip Learning English is a process and making mistakes is normal. You     will never know unless you try. We all learn from our mistakes.

The Art of Possibility Chapters 9-12

So here is the last blog post for the Art of Possibility (Zander & Zander 2000) and I must say that it has been a very good read. It’s definitely going to be in a few Christmas stockings this year. I was particularly inspired in chapter 9 when the author spoke about working in the inner city schools. Newham is actually the first local authority I worked for and where I got started on the road of education. As a teacher it is almost a pre-requisite to inspire, not only those we instruct but also those I work with. Empowering those around us in life to allow them to find their inner flame, facilitating a safe space to radiate their gift to the world, which is their individuality! How poignant, we are all co-creating the reality we experience around us! It’s never really just you or me. Just think about how dependent we are on electricity. Could we harness that power without someone turning that switch on? Another point to be mindful of is the choice we have over the quality of our experience. Once we take responsibility for our lives in this manner, we are then master of circumstance rather than victim. One thing I try to remember is this; imagine you start your life as a cup filled with water. After a while you need change the water. Putting in what you choose, dirty water or clean water. All of these fundamental truths have so nicely been put together in this book. It is easy to read, not too abstract and can strike a chord with so many different people. A wonderful song for life.

A Zen Story – Reflections from Michelle Brillouet

As some of you may know I am very interested in meditative philosophy. I also practice yoga and meditation. This wonderful story was shared with me recently, and so I would like to share it with you. A Zen Master had a disciple who was perpetually unhappy and dissatisfied. One day the disciple approached the Master and said, “Master, bless me too with your wisdom and help me find happiness.” The old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and drink it. “How does it taste?” the Master asked. “Awful”, spat the young man. The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the young man swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the Master said, “Now drink from the lake.” As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the Master asked, “How does it taste?” “Good!” remarked the young man. “Do you taste the salt?” asked the Master. “No”, said the young man. The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said, “The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the ‘pain’ depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Be a lake!”   Happy reflections!