Tag Archives: Student Stories

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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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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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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School Field-trip to Family Land

My schedule can be crazy. There had been talk in the office that everyone would be going on a school field-trip. However, each grade was doing something different. I had spent the entire week trying to figure out which group to join, as my school said I could join whichever grade I felt like it. […]

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South Korea and Japan

The video above is a great overview of the modern tensions that exist between South Korea and Japan. Lately, I have run into a number of issues, especially while teaching. One Wrong Map One of my lessons this month works with a map of Korea. I thought I knew about a lot of the “hot […]

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