봉은사 Temple in the Spring

  I visited 봉은사 last time I was in Korea. (If you want to read about that trip you can click here.) But being here in the spring time was completely different. Right now there are lanterns up for, I believe, Buddha's birthday. And the combination of the cherry blossoms and the lanterns and the beautiful old…

Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival

영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제   Showing up somewhere on basically a whim can go pretty much one of two ways. It can either end up being amazing, or it’s a total bust. Luckily for me my weekend turned out to be the former.      I decided Friday afternoon to go to Seoul for the weekend…

Things Students Have Said to Me: Part 1

I started collecting the funny little phrases that I've heard thought my first few weeks at school. And while I'm sure there are many more to come, here are just a few things my students have said to me. "Teacher, is that your real face?" "Yes." "Ohhhh natural natural." "Teacher real eyes?" "Teacher first love?"…

In Search of Cherry Blossoms

Yesterday I decided that it was high time I dusted off my poor camera who has been waiting patiently to be used since I moved to this city. I realized that I hadn't used it once since I'd been in Korea and so Saturday became, "get some good pictures of this city" day. Which turned into a…

Newton’s Third Law of Teaching

  Newton's third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. And it occurred to me tonight, as I sit here at 10:00pm utterly exhausted from a long Monday with an hour or two of lesson planning still ahead of me, that the same principle applies to teaching.…

First Class Without A Korean Co-Teacher

    So the protocol here is that all of the native English teachers have another Korean English teacher from the school in the room when we are doing our lessons. Their degree of involvement from any point after that completely depends on your situation. I feel incredibly lucky to have the co-teachers that I have,…