August Update: Summer Break

August Update: Summer Break   August was a very transitional month. We finished English camp, I got my eight days of summer vacation which I spent relaxing at home, and we started the second semester back up at school. Everyone seems to finally be falling back into their regular routines and as we do the…

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.…

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…

May Update: Warm Weather and Good Vibes

May Update: Warm Weather and Good Vibes     May has been a good one. I finally feel like I'm really past that weird funk I was in at the beginning of the school year and the strangeness of starting again has worn off. I'm still as busy as ever but exhausted after a long…

5 Types of Classes You’ll Have as an EPIK Teacher

5 Types of Classes You'll Have as an EPIK Teacher   Every class I teach has a distinct personality which is the puzzling combination of all 30 something personalities in the room. And despite the fact that often those personalities are each perfectly pleasant on their own they can sometimes combine into something truly bizarre.…