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!

Duolingo’s Oddball Content Bloopers

2017-10-18T05:53:02+00:00

Duolingo's Oddball Content Bloopers The Duolingo app, like many others has a lot of good things going for it. It's a fun, short practice you can do almost any time or place. If you're a commuter like me, you'll find [...]

Duolingo’s Oddball Content Bloopers 2017-10-18T05:53:02+00:00

Jim Kwik

2017-09-26T02:19:20+00:00

 Jim Kwik is one of these rare people whose name reflects what he does. Imagine a librarian named Mrs. Books or a doctor named James Needle. Despite the coincidental name, Jim Kwik is a an expert coach and advisor on [...]

Jim Kwik 2017-09-26T02:19:20+00:00

Antonyms

2017-07-20T06:15:10+00:00

Antonyms Antonyms are wonderfully simple. They are words with opposite meanings. Hot and cold, warm and cool, night and day; these are all examples. Most days they are pretty easy, the opposite of up is down after all. Some might [...]

Antonyms 2017-07-20T06:15:10+00:00

Contronyms

2017-05-23T23:32:48+00:00

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 [...]

Contronyms 2017-05-23T23:32:48+00:00

Intermediate Topics Free Book Preview

2017-05-08T02:18:05+00:00

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 [...]

Intermediate Topics Free Book Preview 2017-05-08T02:18:05+00:00

We Found a Hat

2017-04-05T05:19:11+00:00

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 [...]

We Found a Hat 2017-04-05T05:19:11+00:00

Mummy and Me

2017-04-01T08:05:58+00:00

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 [...]

Mummy and Me 2017-04-01T08:05:58+00:00

The Missing Piece

2017-03-22T01:21:34+00:00

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 [...]

The Missing Piece 2017-03-22T01:21:34+00:00

Matching Memory Cats

2017-02-28T05:06:47+00:00

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 [...]

Matching Memory Cats 2017-02-28T05:06:47+00:00

Why school?

2017-02-02T01:16:39+00:00

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 [...]

Why school? 2017-02-02T01:16:39+00:00