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…

ESL Psychaitrist Game: “You Should…”

Its name is Psychiatrist game. I genuinely don’t remember if I thought of this activity on my own, or if I read about it online somewhere. Either way I’m sure that it already exists and I’m even more certain that once enough time has passed I will be using it again with a different name…

Reasons Why Monday Isn’t Going to be Bad

It's currently Sunday night a bit later than I should be awake given that I need to be up bright and early tomorrow morning. Mondays are not my easiest days. I have two of my most difficult classes on top of the fact that no one wants to do much thinking at all on Monday's,…

Korea Month Two: Spring, Co-Teaching, and a Weekend in Seoul

  April 12th marked two months in Korea for me. Teaching is unpredictable by its very nature and so even after 9 weeks of it, I still don’t feel like I know what to expect from any given day. What I have learned, however, are which classes to be excited about and which classes to…

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?"…

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.…