Category Archives: Teaching

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. 

View full post »

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 […]

View full post »

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 […]

View full post »

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 […]

View full post »

Ending a Semester: Yeosu and Odongdo Island

Today was the last day of the “normal” semester. This past week of teaching has been crazy. For reasons beyond my comprehension, the finals aren’t the last week of school. There’s still 1-2 weeks after finals that students need to attend. During this time, the graduating 3rd students prepare watch movies, play games, practice dance […]

View full post »

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 […]

View full post »

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!) […]

View full post »

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 […]

View full post »