Original Writing

Rewriting Ghosts- a creative writing model answer (CIE Paper 2)

This post is inspired by a prompt response I wrote back in 2017 as part of the October writing challenge. I didn't do it justice because it was day 31 and I was exhausted and just thankful the challenge was finally over! Had I written it properly, my response might have been something like this.… Continue reading Rewriting Ghosts- a creative writing model answer (CIE Paper 2)

Being Mrs. Kubra

“Miss, where’s the model answer?’ syndrome’: a reflection on TEFL

I've often toyed with the idea of setting up a second blog dedicated to resources on teaching English. Whenever a lesson just clicks or a strategy works wonders, I think about sharing it so others can benefit too. Heaven knows how much I've relied and continue to rely on TES and teacher blogs during major… Continue reading “Miss, where’s the model answer?’ syndrome’: a reflection on TEFL

Academia

On Writing: Lauren Graham’s advice on beating writer’s block

Some say it's not Steinbeck's best work but I'll never get tired of teaching Of Mice and Men. This being my 6th time in 9 years, I'm still amused when my class cackle at Lennie's fetish for soft things and I can barely conceal my pleasure at their gawping mouths as they unpack Steinbeck's letter… Continue reading On Writing: Lauren Graham’s advice on beating writer’s block

Being Mrs. Kubra

A snapshot of a journey in teaching…

See, ever since I could talk and read and write, I wanted to be a teacher. Everything I did revolved around teaching, and from what little my parents recall about me, I was a bilingual, fluent chatterbox with an overflowing imagination. What better way to channel it all than to teach? My cousins still remember… Continue reading A snapshot of a journey in teaching…

Being Mrs. Kubra

Ma’a Salama (Goodbye)

​As teachers all around the world will know, sometimes it feels like the world might very well end but the academic year won't. The days drag on, piles of paperwork continue appearing out of thin air and the only thing propelling you onward is 'The Last Day'. We spend so much of our careers wishing… Continue reading Ma’a Salama (Goodbye)

Being Mrs. Kubra

I removed my hijab…

I said I wouldn't do it. I said it made me feel uneasy, naked. But... Two weeks ago, I began suffering from a searing headache exasperated further by working long hours at computer screens and fewer hours of sleep each night (must be delayed jet-lag?). It lasted a week. Combing, washing, drying, and fixing up… Continue reading I removed my hijab…