What to Expect From Your First Semester Teaching English in Korea

What to Expect From Your First Semester Teaching English in Korea     My kids have officially finished their final exams for the semester and we are now in the this weird two week limbo where they still have to come to school, but won't actually be tested on anything we teach them. Basically we…

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…

The Moment of Truth: After School English Class

It wasn't until about 5 minutes after class had already started, as I was standing in front of the classroom greeting everyone, that I finally decided what we were going to do that day. It was Friday afternoon, I was completely exhausted, and the idea of going into my afterschool class and trying to force…

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…

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…

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.…