About Mike

Hi! I'm from Brooklyn New York and am currently living in the Tokyo area as a teacher at an amazing school in Kanagawa. I'm currently working on textbook designs plus for language acquisition and loving it!



contronym Contronyms are words that have contradictory or opposite meanings. It's like one word that means both stop and go or hot and cold. That can be really confusing but you can usually guess the meaning from the context. For [...]

Intermediate Topics Free Book Preview


Intermediate Topics Free Book Preview Intermediate Topics is a collection of twenty seven of my topic-based worksheets. Each worksheet contains two conversations and tips related to them. There are over fifty lessons worth of material in this short book. The [...]

We Found a Hat


We Found a Hat Jon Klassen I appreciate subtle humor. It is sometimes rather hard to define. It’s the way someone squints, or gives a sidelong glance. It’s the way someone slowly tilts their head or quietly slides into a scene. We Found A [...]

Mummy and Me


Mummy and Me Katerina Manolessou This is a sweet little frog tale about a girl and her mummy that put me in tears in a roundabout sort of way. It’s a simple rhyme about a little girl frog and her [...]

The Missing Piece


The Missing Piece Shel Silverstein Mentioning that Shel Silverstein wrote porn is maybe the only way to talk about the Missing Piece that won’t seem like every other review of it you’ve ever read. Does it matter? The answer is [...]

Matching Memory Cats


Matching Memory Cats Good ideas are all around us. In this case, I was at a shop called Flying Tiger when I found this game. It's a simple game of memory with some funny cats. The idea is to match [...]

Why school?


Why school? What is the point of going to school anyway? Sounds simple, but every student everywhere at some point asks something like Why school? We spend so much time thinking about how to improve schools that we hardly ever [...]

Teaching Visually Impaired ESL Students


Teaching Visually impaired ESL Students Recently I was fortunate enough to have a go at teaching visually impaired ESL students. I say fortunate because I love having an opportunity to get outside my comfort zone. It helps adapt my teaching to fit [...]



Invisibilia Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior such as ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research. And it will ultimately make [...]

Tiny Cards App


Tiny Cards Tiny Cards is a lovely little app. It just came up in my feed one day and I had to try it out. Like similar apps it allows you to choose from a variety of content creators who make flashcards [...]