Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Teacher Bert's words of wisdom

Teaching has come to a close for this guy.(I am unimpressed)
We finish school next Friday but the tests have been given and kids now have the summer to forget everything I taught them. Before they left, we all took a group picture together so I had 27 printed out, gave each of them one and my Thai teacher a copy. Every student also made a memory box, little things you can put inside to remember when you are older like pictures, movie stubs, pictures or whatever. I had one when I was little and really enjoyed it. So I told them to put these things in their memory box and I gave them this small letter to them to help them later in life. I'm unsure how much this will help.

Teacher Bert's words of wisdom

1-Read anything in English. Read a library book. Read articles on the internet. Just READ!

2-When you are older, don't smoke. Nothing good will happen, I promise.

3-Travel. Go somewhere new. Eat different food, meet new friends, live in a new country. Learn about new places, the world is a big place. You will have fun, I promise.

4-Work hard. Don't be lazy. Do your homework, don't cheat and try your best.

5-Go outside and play. Don't spend all of your time playing video games or watching TV.

6-Be nice to your family. Play with your brother and sister. Respect your mom and dad. Help your family when you can, even if you don't want to.

7-Wear a helmet when you grow up and start driving. Accidents happen.

8-Save your money. Spending money is fun but try and save half for later. Trust me, saving and having a budget can be fun.

9-Go to sleep early. You need sleep to grow, get big and help you learn. Sleep is good.

10-Have fun. Whatever you do, try and have fun and do what makes you happy. Life is short, enjoy it.

Teacher Bert had a lot of fun with you guys this year. You are all very clever and funny. I will remember you guys forever. If you want to ask me any questions or send me pictures when you get older, my e-mail is bertbrandon@gmail.com. If you have any questions or need help with English I will try and help you. Good luck in P4, have a very safe and fun summer.

Teacher Bert.

"The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity." Robert Brault

Here is a video that has nothing to do with teaching and is also somewhat depressing about inequality in America.


  1. You are amazing Bert. I am so proud of you and I know your dad would be even prouder of all that you have accomoplished. Best to you in NZ.
    When are you coming home to Canada??
    Love, Aunt Liz

  2. Thanks Aunt Liz! Tentative return date would be May of 2014 if I love New Zealand, if not maybe sooner. Unless I find a great teaching job that will pay me well maybe 2015? My mom is coming to visit me in the next year so that should hold me over until I come back. But once I do get back I will eventually leave again for either Japan or South America. Thanks for staying in touch with what I'm doing!


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