Category Archives: Life

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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A Ki-Family Christmas

  Similar to Thanksgiving, Christmas is celebrated really in South Korea. Since it is a religious holiday, it has not gained the secular-celebration as it has in the U.S. Except in the shopping centers, there was very little sign of Christmas. The only neighborhood decoration was the hanging of a star below the church behind […]

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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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Halloween from School to Seoul

This past Halloween weekend spent partying it up in Seoul with some friends, but not before I brought some of the Halloween spirit to my middle school! Funny enough, I wasn’t the only one. One student had his own hat too! (I should note that I hadn’t been able to find a good costume, but […]

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Thanksgiving Desserts at the Chuseok Table

We celebrated Chuseok (Korean: 추석) this weekend. As I said in my previous post, Chuseok is known as “Korean Thanksgiving” since it’s Korea’s autumn harvest festival that also commemorates the ancestors with the gathering of family and the consumption of large quantities of traditional foods. This year, Thanksgiving was November 26 and Chuseok was September […]

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