Korea Month 4: Summer in Sight

I have officially completed month 4 in Korea. It has been a pretty uneventful month in terms of traveling but a rather unusual month as far as school goes. About 4 weeks ago we started speaking tests with the kids and only recently had every student officially finished. It was a behemoth of a project…

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…

Korea Month Three: Reality Check and Coming “Home” to Korea

I think I said something a while ago about definitely not posting an update every month, but yet it's looking like that's going to happen. But I'm still not making any promises. Here we are, exactly three months to the day after I landed in Korea. Three months really does NOT sounds like a lot…

Work, Culture, and Workplace Culture

  Breaking into a new culture in the workplace is not an easy task. Every job, and office, and company, or any group for that matter always operates under different social expectations even in our home countries. If I started a new teaching job in America it would be much of the same, but easier…

Culture Shock in Korea

(Warning, this is more just a stream of consciousness that found its way out of my brain rather than a cohesive thought.)   In a very bizarre turn of events my culture shock in Korea hasn't been from the food or the language. Most of what has happened, has happened somewhat according to my expectations. I…