GBAS Year 1 English literature presentations

When reality surpasses expectation…

There’s an unlimited capacity to pleasantly surprise, in all of us. When one feels safe enough to show one’s true potential, unforgettable magic happens.

When we feel that what we do is appreciated and accepted in a respectful, non-judgemental way, we perform at our humane, imperfect best, and we can become better at what we do with each turn.

We live, feel, and experience eternity for a brief moment we’re there.

With literature presentations at Bilingválne gymnázium Milana Hodžu in Sučany, Slovakia, this happened at a rate higher than I’ve ever experienced both as a teacher and a learner.

Dear Year 1,

This is a simple Thank You to all of you, not only for standing up in front of us all to talk about the book of your choice, but also for being so beautifully, wonderfully supportive, appreciative and motivating to one another.

It was a joy to listen to you present, ask and answer questions, give feedback to one another.

You’ve not only shown that you’ve got good English skills to do all this, but that you’ve got keen, observant minds and a desire to share what you think and feel.

More importantly, perhaps, you’ve shown again and again that you’ve got an amazing attitude, a sense of mutual respect, acceptance, and a true spirit of wonderment.

Oh, and, did I mention the disarmingly sharp and wonderful sense of humour?

This can only work between people who know and respect each other.

I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to experience the magic you created and I’m very much looking forward to whatever you surprise us with next time. ;)

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the (un)connected.

I’m writing this post in defence of those whose lives unfold in majestic privacy, while others crave views, mentions, clicks, and likes.

To those who can watch the rainfall in awe, while others pose, pretend, and stage the perfect shot.

To those who feel and know what it’s like to read and daydream, looking at nothing, but seeing all in the mind.

Those who look with clear and candid eyes, whose faces shine with bright emotion, whose sentences may be few and far between

but rarely begin with ‘I’.

P.S. The best thing about You is that You do not need any patronising defence online, because you’re happy with whatever you’re doing anyway. ;-)


Just a reminder.

We live through unforgettable moments, without devices documenting.

Enjoy great meals, make unique romantic proposals, have babies, experience lucid moments, fascinating insights, and love, even when no one’s there to troll, to share, or to comment.

Yes. You were there, even if no selfie was ever taken to prove it.

Empathy, knowledge, truth, and love – they all exist, even if no one ‘Liked’, ‘Re-Pinned’, or ‘Retweeted’.

You and I. A unique moment in time.

Just a reminder.


just a reminder.