Category Archives: ETA

A Time for Protest

The world is watching South Korea. I am watching too. Politics has saturated into my daily life in South Korea. It comes in snippets of news I hear from taxi radios and public televisions. It filters through whispers in the gyomushil 1 . I see it in the impertinent remarks made by students attempting to be […]

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Teacher Tales: Vignettes of Teaching Middle School in Korea

From almost the beginning of school, I have been posting statues on Facebook and Instagram about life at school accompanied with #TeacherTales. This is an year’s worth accumulation of my “Teacher Tales” which has created memorable vignettes of my life teaching at middle school, in South Korea and all the ups and downs in-between. 

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Fulbright Spring Conference on Jeju Island

We had our Fall Conference in the historic city of Gyeongju and this past weekend Fulbright had its Spring Conference hosted on Jeju Island, often referred to the “Hawaii of Korea” (although the palm trees are actually imported). It was a very long weekend. We arrived in Jeju Friday afternoon. From Gwangju there’s a small […]

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How to Pack for Teaching in South Korea

This has been written with Fulbright ETAs in mind, but besides things specific to the Fulbright Korea program, this list can apply to EPIK, TaLK, and even JET teachers. Coming to join the teaching-craziness in Korea?! 축하합니다 and welcome! This is a compiled list of of experiences and advice so you are at least physically prepared […]

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Graduation: Goodbye Already

As I said in my previous post, the school year ends in the winter and starts in the spring. The school calendar still confuses me… Final exams are in the middle of December, then there are two more weeks of school where teachers have to attempt to keep students entertained when they have long ago […]

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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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