Hello fellow teachers, professionals and students

For Questions regarding English, Mathematics and Business Administration, feel free to use this blog.

This blog was started for so many reasons.

It all goes back to my former University of Monash where I was fortunate enough to be selected for a mentoring program involving work with a founder of an advertising design firm. This meant being able to work on the same projects he did except with the total freedom of making as many mistakes without getting paid! What I did receive was the wisdom of a professional with business and design experience.

I have since seen a variety of ways people “teach” others from my own experience by the grace of a National Film Board Grant and apprenticeship with media producer, Kirk Shaw to free dramatugy with former UBC lecturer, Kate Weiss.

For the last few years, I have wondered how we as teachers could do the same. Obviously we do give of ourselves as it is the nature of our profession. Also I realize how much time teachers spend preparing for class and even for private teaching sessions. Hence the idea of mentoring might be an overwhelming concept for many in our field. Hence the experiment with this — a mentoring blog — One where teachers and working professionals can share whatever their field of expertise was with students with less pressure and more pleasure! Some friends, both teachers and working professionals have kindly agreed to be fellow mentors.

I’ve also wanted to work with students in places that were under duress due to poverty (eg. our own downtown east side) or war . The blog is also open to both teachers and students from such environments.

As Obama says, “I am an optimist” . Things will turn around and improve.

All it takes sometimes is a little faith (no matter what your dogma) and a little guiding hand,


4 responses to “Hello fellow teachers, professionals and students

  1. Hello Michele

    thankyou for doing this blog. My name is chris and i am a recent immagrent to canada. i try to work hard in school learning english but somethings in english grammer really get me mixed up. for instance, like the for at the begining of this sentence, is it ok to start sentences with for, but, and, or so and if so how do i punctuate them?

    thank-you, i look forward to your answer.


  2. teacherforabetterworld

    Hey Chris,

    I know it can be hard dealing with the finer points of grammar. The questions you asked are often asked by native speakers as well ! In fact, many writers often wonder about starting a sentence with Co-ordinate Conjunctions such as “but”, “so” or “and”. It was frowned upon in the old days but modern English allows such a practice. If you were writing an essay for TOEFL or for the provincial exams, I advise avoiding it — only because some teachers still view starting sentences with “and” or “but” as informal. When co-ordinate conjunctions connect two independent clauses, they are often used with a comma. Eg. John loves outdoor games, but he hates football with a vengeance.
    This is different from connecting sentences with subordinate conjunctions such as “although”. Eg. Calvin excelled in his examinations although he hardly prepared for them. The clause beginning with although is dependent and does not require a comma. (In some cases, if the clause was long and less related, you may have to use a comma).

    Thanks for writing in Chris and I don’t mind helping out as Sharon mentioned that there were some other people wishing to learn more English on the DTES.

    t.c., Michele

  3. Hi, Michele. I just want to thank you for staring this wonderful blog for your students. I’ve been cross with very different word uses here. (i.e. wicked=cool) It’s is a vvery interesting experience.

  4. teacherforabetterworld

    Hi ZheRui,

    Yes, crossing from Canada(or the US) to England does introduce variations of meanings. Elevator/Life, Car Trunk/Boot, Subway/Underground, Check/bill, pharmacy/chemist etc etc. I had to get used to that myself as Aussie terms are more often British derived ones. Thanks for telling me about the interesting bit regarding MultipleSclerosis and the possible connection between VitaminD and Sunlight. Do keep learning in your Cambridge stint! Feel free to ask any English questions. : >

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