Category Archives: Education

The Soundtrack to Change

Author’s Note: This article contains links to Youtube clips so that you may listen to the music. I have also added links for to further reading and more detailed information about lyrics and origins of particular songs. This is the unabridged article that was published for Fulbright Korea Alumni Relations. This article is a continuation of my […]

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Hiking Mudeungsan

This past weekend I finally got around to hiking Gwangju city’s famous: Mudeung Mountain. So many things are named after the mountain: streets, restaurants, libraries, stores, markets… Since I arrived, people have told me I need to go to Mudeungsan Mountain National Park (무등산국립공원). So I finally looked into going when a friend was visiting […]

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Desk-warming & Winter Camp

Planning my winter dates was one of the biggest headaches, which as far as headache-causing events, it’s not the worst problem to have, I know. However, my school was very difficult about giving me time off and was very nit-picky about my contract. The current Fulbright ETA contract states that I can get a minimum […]

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That Middle School Teacher Life

For reasons beyond me, not only does school not end after finals, but graduation is an entire month after the normal school year ends. This is the norm for most Korean schools. The last day of “normal” class was the 1st week of December. Then there was two weeks of final exams, followed by a […]

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Pen Pal Project: Success

I have wanted to do a pen pal project with my students since the beginning, so early on, so I reached out to my old middle school, but no one responded to my emails. I’m guessing my emails went to the spam folder. So I posted on my college alumni page and thankfully was able […]

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Snow in Gwangju

South Korea has similar weather as New York. Seoul is probably just as cold as Upstate, where NYC is more moderate (usually) and similar to Gwangju. We’ve had only two “snow days”. The first snow fall had students going scraping together bits of snow to toss in each others faces and running outside (no coats!) […]

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School Festival at Bongsung

It’s normal in South Korea to have school festivals. I believe there’s one every semester. This week we had our school festival. It has been pretty crazy all week, with students staying after to rehearse for their dance or to prepare for Friday’s festival. From Homerooms to Game Rooms Every homeroom and or club was […]

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Visit to Independence Hall

With still another day of Chuseok remaining, my host eonni and oppa (언니 & 오빠) decided to leave the kids with their grandparents and out of the house with me. Since we were in Cheonan visiting extended family, they took me to the Independence Hall of Korea (Korean: 독립기념관). It is a massive Korean history […]

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