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!

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 [...]

Raising a Bilingual Child

Raising a Bilingual Child Raising a Bilingual Child is by Barbara Zurer Pearson Ph.D. Parenting is hard, and can be even harder if you go into it with an agenda. A lot of new parents tell themselves how they’ll always do this [...]

The Art of Charm

The Art of Charm The Art of Charm podcast is so much more than it may seem on the surface. Even I made the mistake of thinking this was a "pickup artists" thing where they teach you to get chicks. Wow was [...]

Inside Quest

Inside Quest Inside Quest is one of the best podcasts available today. We are inundated with information all day long. Through Facebook and Twitter, TV and the thousand and one other sources of input that are available to us today. [...]

Teaching Business English

Teaching Business English by Mark Ellis and Christine Johnson. Teaching Business English was a great help to me in my teaching and could be for you as well. A colleague recommended this book to me recently. He claimed it was [...]


Calm Calm is a simple meditation app that can greatly improve your mood, focus, mindfulness and awareness. Plus it's free to try and well worth the time spent using it. What worked for me In my case, I was never [...]

Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck has done some amazing research into teaching, student feedback and most importantly the mindsets that lead to better learning and success. She is someone worth knowing about because her research results are simply amazing. In my case, they opened [...]