Persistence or a Waste of Time? Kingston’s Journal #22

Whether you're giving it your all or beating your heading against the wall, sometimes the line is blurred. https://youtu.be/m6kDpO3TV_0 Darn near 2 months ago, I talked about how I felt burnout from the monotony of teaching English in Thailand. I still feel that boredom and unhappiness. I've been trying to block out these feelings or …

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Always Engage on Your Terms: Kingston’s Journal #20

In any conflict, you want the odds to be on your side. https://youtu.be/82Djb-5UM7k I got some interesting comments from one of the students at my school on my YouTube Channel. The details of it are irrelevant for the topic of this post, the point is, I've discovered I'm not fully mature yet. I was going …

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Becoming a Better Speaker: Kingston’s Journal #14

Your persona when people listen to you is equally important to what you say. https://youtu.be/Wb6dlZg7rjI A couple of weeks ago, I finally worked up the courage (and realized I haven't done this yet) to watch some old videos of my speech class I took in the spring of 2016. It was supposed to be my …

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How to be a Respected Leader: Kingston’s Journal #13

There ain't no hand outs in the world, it must be earned. https://youtu.be/So-JzP_1Z_w I've noticed a significant change in the attitude of my students as the school year has gone by. The shaky kneed me from May when I stood in front of my first class seems ages ago. Many mistakes were made, from the …

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Kingston’s Journal: The Day of Giving

Thanksgiving for some, Thursday to me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2a9Qp5y4yU Thanksgiving day alone, the first one lone. Honestly it feels like just another Thursday to me. This reminds me of a Rocky I quote, "It's thanksgiving to you, Thursday to me." As a young man, it don't matter much to me, in 5 years though, things need to …

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Kingston’s Journal: Down on One Knee

An eight count ain't a knockout. https://youtu.be/8cIAkV1RE0M Quite honestly, I'm feeling burnt out from teaching these kids in Thailand. Not only are lessons feeling monotonous, but managing tweens has been giving me a real headache. I've been feeling a light headedness during afternoon classes like I'm about to pass out. Part of it I think …

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Kingston’s Journal: Another Fear Bites the Dust

Every fear conquered leads to a fuller life. I have been watching and filming some of my lectures for the past week. There were a good handful that I thought were great classes that I recorded and watched. Honestly from watching myself, I didn't see a whole lot I could improve on. What I did …

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Kingston’s Journal: Remembering High School

To effectively communicate a message to someone,.you must first understand where their coming from. I just watched a Key and Peele episode today about a parody of teachers. The section that really stood out to me was the part where a class was portrayed. The teacher asks a question and a bunch of students raise …

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Kingston’s Journal: It’s All a Surprise

"Conversations are like mystery Dum Dums, you'll never know what your going to get." Teaching these Thai kids a second semester doesn't feel awfully different from the end of the first term. Right now it feels like the second term is just going to be repetitive. It seems as though 80% of what there is …

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