An Open Letter To My Students

An Open Letter To My Students (Because that's never been done before...)   To any of my students past or present, Should any of you ever find this by accident, hello! I hope life is treating you okay. I am writing this to you because there are some things that I want you to know.…

June Update: Pretty Sunsets and The AC Scare

June has been a good one. I feel like last year at this time we were already well into the worst of the dead summer heat. But as of Wednesday rainy season has officially began and I still feel like we haven't gotten to the worst of the heat yet. (Except that my school still…

What Korean Middle School Students Are Worried About

What Korean Middle School Students Are Worried About (Or: What my kids wanted to tell me when they had 2 minutes of my undivided attention.)   I'm just about finished with all of the speaking tests for this semester and as always it's been the most fun I've had with my students so far this…

Tips for Surviving Your First Day as an EPIK Teacher

Tips for Surviving Your First Day as an EPIK Teacher   If walking up to my school on the first day amid a literal sea of students staring and gawking at me wasn't enough to make me nervous, then standing in front of my first class of 30 something 15-year-old boys was. Your first few…

Story Time: Teacher’s Trip to Tongyeong

Story Time: Teacher's Trip to Tongyeong. Alternatively, the first time I was, within the bounds of Korean workplace culture, forced to do some embarrassing in front of my co-workers.   It involved a bus full of teachers, soju, and the US national anthem. But I digress. Let me start from the beginning. So on occasion…