I’m Żaneta Blatkiewicz, the face behind this blog. Some fun facts about me: I don’t like waking up early and don’t mind drinking cold coffee. And yes… I believe in six impossible things before breakfast. Here am I and this my story:

I’ve been wrangling words and teaching English as a second language for a whopping 12 years! Born and bred in Poland. I’m not just your regular ESL teacher. I have an impressive double degree under my belt – one in Early School and Preschool Education and another in English Philology, with a specialization in teaching and translation. It’s safe to say I know a thing or two about teaching!

My teaching style? I’m a die-hard fan of the Montessori and Helen Doron methods. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to bring these techniques alive in my classes, and boy, do they make a difference! I’m all about learning through play and gamification – who said education has to be all charts and textbooks?

My teaching journey has taken me through various corridors, from the polished floors of private schools to the buzzing classrooms of public institutions. But every place I’ve been to, every student I’ve taught, has been a step in this incredible journey.

In the beginning, teaching English as a second language wasn’t in my plans. I was an English studies major with a dream of becoming a translator. But as life often does, it had a surprise waiting for me.

Fast forward to today, I can’t imagine living any other way. What started as a serendipitous stint has grown into an all-consuming passion, and this blog is an indisputable testament to my love for teaching.

“An unexpected opportunity came when a friend fell ill and asked me to cover her English class in a kindergarten. Little did I know, that ‘substitute teacher’ day would become the turning point in my life. The spark that was ignited within me that day hasn’t dimmed since.”

Here, I share my thoughts, teaching ideas, innovative methods, and, of course, my latest handcrafted teaching resources available for purchase.

Every resource I create is a labor of love, infused with my deep understanding of the language and a keen insight into what makes learning enjoyable and effective. I sincerely hope these resources inspire you and help you make your teaching journey more joyful and rewarding.

So, get comfortable, grab a cup of coffee, and explore. I hope you find the inspiration you’re looking for here. And please, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, suggestions, or just want to share your own experiences.

Welcome to my world of ESL teaching, where passion meets innovation!

I’m married (no kiddos yet!) but life’s never dull. You know why? Drumroll, please… Here’s my absolutely adorable furball of happiness, aptly named Baby! Don’t let the name fool you, this little assistant of mine is as essential to the team as…well, vocabulary to a language!

And let’s not forget the all-stars in my life, my small but mighty family! They are my rock, my unwavering support system. A huge shout-out to them, and especially to my husband, who patiently endures my long nights spent tinkering with graphic design programs. You’re the real MVP, love!

In 2015, life threw a curveball at me in the form of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, an autoimmune disease. It was a tough battle, but like the persistent teacher I am, I didn’t back down. I had to reduce my class size to a small group of private learners, but this just allowed me to provide more personalized and in-depth attention to each student.

It’s been a wild ride, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Every challenge faced, every lesson taught, has shaped me into the teacher I am today – dedicated, innovative, and always ready to turn learning into an adventure!

Over the years, I’ve received an outpouring of help and support from my students, too. Now, I feel it’s my turn to pay it forward. Most of my teaching aids are available for free right here on this blog. But, if you ever feel the desire to say thank you, I’d be over the moon if you’d “buy me a coffee” by clicking on this link or button below —->Coffee.

For those of you joining from Poland, there’s another special way you can support me. By assigning just 1% of your annual tax return to our cause, you can help us cover the costs of importing a much-needed medication from the U.S. Your contributions mean the world to us, and we can’t thank you enough for considering this form of support.

And let’s not forget – I also accept payment in the form of students’ smiles! So, keep those coming, they’re the best kind of currency!