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11 PRACTICAL USES FOR WOODEN CHOPSTICKS IN THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM

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A pile of wooden chopsticks.

Wooden chopsticks are cheap and readily available throughout the world, especially in regions of Asia where the demand for English teachers is high. The versatility of such a plain tool is endless. Following are 11 practical uses for wooden chopsticks in the English classroom.

LIVING THE DREAM IN YANGON, MYANMAR

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A plastic stool in a small sitting area in a kitchen of an apartment in Yangon, Myanmar.

Some days suck. And for no good reason they just do. Don’t dwell on the bad days; though, or you’ll get sucked in for good. Sure, in a country like Myanmar a number of factors might add to the recipe for a sucky day.

MONK AT MY DOOR IN MYANMAR

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Monks and nuns walking together in Yangon, Myanmar.

There was a faint tap at the door, nothing out of the ordinary. People are constantly pounding on my door. A salesperson tries to pitch an air conditioner. The neighbor boy wants to show me his 3D puzzle. A dozen children try to push their way through. But, something about this knock was different.

GIVEN TO PAY IT FORWARD IN MYANMAR

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A boy holding freshly baked banana bread in Yangon, Myanmar.

Two years in South Korea taught me about the importance of sharing with others. Then I came to Myanmar. And what’s happening in Myanmar is teaching me what it actually means to give, and what it really feels like to be genuinely given without the giver expecting something in return.

VIDEO: TA'ANG (PALAUNG) YOUTH GROUP IN YANGON, MYANMAR

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