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!

Getting The Most Out of Lessons


Getting the most from lessons How do you guarantee students are actually getting the most from lessons they take and that they follow up on what you practice?In my case many of my private students neither need or want to follow a [...]



Verbling I recently found out about this interesting site called Verbling. It's an online platform that connects teachers and students for online classes which cost about fifteen U.S. dollars. To be honest, I'm tempted to sign up just to practice [...]

Zombies Love Brains Preview


Zombies Love Brains I'm so happy to share this preview image of the latest book I've illustrated: Zombies Love Brains! Written by Colin M Drysdale, Zombies Love Brains has been an incredibly interesting project to work on. I've been doing the illustrations over [...]



NoRedInk NoRedInk is an interesting service that can be a lot of help for teachers. This is especially true if you find yourself in a situation like I have. Because, I have to admit to being swamped by students' writing [...]

Zombie Stickers on Line


Zombie Stickers on Line If you use the popular communication platform Line, you definitely want these fun, Zombie-themed stickers. Just click any of the images below and off you'll go to the land of the dead with Zombie Mike's hilarious walkers. The [...]

Planet Money


Planet Money Planet Money is an amazing podcast on NPR. And you don't have to work in finance to appreciate it. In fact, you don't even have to be very good with money to reap the benefits. Unfortunately some of my international [...]



Quizlet Quizlet is an AWESOME little app I downloaded a while back but didn't use much. Recently my friend Valeria (such a cool name) reminded me about it so I checked it out. And I have to say it's now one [...]

Ten Tips to Remember New Words


Ten Tips to Remember New Words No tip trick or method is ever going to work unless you put in the work to make it effective for you. That being said, here are some techniques that can work for most people [...]

Good Study Habits


Good study habits Good study habits do more for learning in any situation than any fancy app, worksheet or trick that's out there. It works for everything. If you want results you have to be consistent and apply yourself to [...]

Student Levels


Student Levels Student levels shouldn't be particularly difficult to assign. However, more often than not there is a fair amount of confusion surrounding assigning and explaining levels. So, I would love your feedback on this. As a mental exercise I found it [...]