The Oscars Lesson: Part 2

I made a post a few weeks ago about a lesson that I did that went surprisingly well. It was called The Oscars lesson. The activity is essentially just “write a dialog” but disguised as “we’re all going to the Oscars next week and you have to present a script.” And it worked shockingly well….

The Oscars Lesson

The Oscars Lesson (One matter of housekeeping before we start. I accidentally just published a post that I was still working on titled “Things my students have said to me part 2.” So if you are an email subscriber, you might have received it. I’ve removed it from the site as it is not yet…

How I Feel About My Students

Basically I feel a lot of things. I love them more than I could have ever imagined I would but I have struggled for these past six months to try to put into words exactly the kind of love I have for them. It’s special. So that’s what I’m going to try to do in…

How I Stay Organized At School

For the record this is not a suggestion. I have absolutely no idea if there is a proper way to keep these things organized, and I’m certain that there is a better way than what I’m doing now. However, I do know that when I started teaching and suddenly had 24 classes to separately keep…

“Desk Warming” Days

  For better or for worse, this is something that gets a lot of attention when it comes to teaching with EPIK. Most people hate it, and to be fair I do too on the grounds that it is completely arbitrary and inefficient. Why do I have to be at school when English Camp is finished,…

Korean Middle School Summer English Camp 

I’m writing this from my desk on the LAST OFFICIAL DAY OF THE SEMESTER! Well the last day has been long gone for the kids, but for my co-teacher and I today marks the end of our two weeks of English Camp. English Camp is something that get’s a lot of attention at EPIK orientation…

Reflecting on Semester One

February 12th I landed in Incheon airport with my entire life stuffed into two oversized suitcases. Now those suitcases sit pushed into a corner in my utility room holding my no longer wearable winter clothes. The past five months have been both the fastest and the longest of my life. I still remember landing in…

What to Expect From Your First Semester Teaching English in Korea

What to Expect From Your First Semester Teaching English in Korea     My kids have officially finished their final exams for the semester and we are now in the this weird two week limbo where they still have to come to school, but won’t actually be tested on anything we teach them. Basically we…

Korean Middle School English Speaking Tests

One would think that after having the same conversation with 700 students, about the same topic from the same script, I would have pretty much heard every answer there is to hear. And while yes, there is not much by the way of variety, still out of the blue some of them surprise me. There…

The Moment of Truth: After School English Class

It wasn’t until about 5 minutes after class had already started, as I was standing in front of the classroom greeting everyone, that I finally decided what we were going to do that day. It was Friday afternoon, I was completely exhausted, and the idea of going into my afterschool class and trying to force…

An Overwhelming Fondness

Yesterday afternoon during one of my free periods I was sitting in the office working on some lessons for today and going over the grade one speaking test grades. It was a very hot day so we had the windows open to let in any breeze that might be passing through and everyone’s little desk…

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life of an English Middle School Teacher in South Korea     Compared to recent posts from my trip to Tokyo, this is probably going to be incredibly boring. But this is reality, much more so than jetting off to Japan for the weekend. And while it’s certainly not as exciting…