Guys!! I’m in a teaching competition for the company I work for – and I made it to the top 100!!! I haven’t updated about work in a while, but long story short, I love it. It’s amazing and better than anything I could have hoped for. One of the many reasons for this is … More Top 100 Teachers’ Competition!
Hello humans! I apologize for the absence of posting. I actually wrote this one up days ago, but due to an uploading error it got deleted and I haven’t had the time/heart to rewrite it until now. Anyway, I have officially finished work and have been free for over a week now, basking in my … More Summer Camp: Part 2, Day 3, and the Last Day of Work
Today went quite well. Started with the powerpoints about murals and dinosaurs I had to skip due to yesterday’s computer malfunction and the kids loved it – especially the size comparisons I put in comparing humans to dinosaurs and then trying to pronounce their names (an ultimate challenge only my two years in ESL have … More Summer Camp: Part 2, Day 2
As my final three days working at Uam Elementary roll around, I find myself filled with infinite levels of tranquil zen-ness. It’s really hit me that this is it, and about this fact I feel so much peace. Part of me wonders if I could have put up with another 6 months, thereby receiving my … More Summer Camp: Part 2, Day 1
And at last we have finished the mural! Had to be a bit of a Nazi in getting them to actually finish to 100% completion (they’d left like 2% to be finished but kept running into the classroom where I’d put on the AC). But anyway here they are in action and the completed murals. … More Summer Camp: Part 1, Day 3
And so to continue with our summer camp adventures. Today was, to use my co-teacher’s newest vocabulary word, sweltering. It’s probably the hottest day I’ve ever experienced in Korea and temperatures that soared over 40°C at least with 100% humidity. So while I sat “supervising” my kids (aka melting and near comatose from heat exhaustion), … More Summer Camp: Part 1, Day 2, and Errands in the Sun (and Rain)
School is officially out for summer which means of course that Korean children are shipped off to many extra curricular classes and learning centres. As is EPIK tradition, to keep Guest English Teachers busy, we host summer camp activities to occupy the kids and get them out of their parents’ hair for a while each … More Summer Camp: Part 1, Day 1
As my last week has approached, a couple of my kids have surprised me by saying things like, “Teacher, miss you!!” and making hearts with their hands. I even had one girl bring me a very unexpected note. I was super touched by this, especially because it came at a time when I was feeling … More Worry Doll and the Last Week of Classes
Korea: I need you to understand something. If my office is more than 30 degrees celsius, I’m not going to be able to do any work. My brain is cooking. Especially because I’m dressed according to your medieval conservatism standards. No, no – don’t get me wrong. I do appreciate the fact that we’ve been … More Office Heat Waves
One thing that I find really irksome about being a teacher in South Korea is that while we are piled with responsibility (especially in the cases of the other Korean teachers), we are still treated like children in one vital respect. To be specific, we have to ask permission to leave school grounds. We are … More Pet Peeve: Please, Sir – May I Go Outside?