My student’s first video assignment

  Creating video can be some of the most challenging yet rewarding projects for a student so when Professor Steve Katz assigned a video lesson I jumped on it.  I used the YouTube editor exclusively for this video and plan to add it as an extension of our Fractured Fairy Tale unit at the end of the year. Read More …

Teacher’s Day – South Korea

Teacher’s Day is one of my favorite Korean holidays.  Its not just the cute notes, buckets of flowers, snacks and other assorted gifts.  Sure those help but what really makes me love Teacher’s Day is the realization of how much value Koreans have for teachers. There is a separate holiday where the entire country devotes itself Read More …

Starting a new school year – Korea

The 2015-16 school year started at the beginning of March and its been a whirlwind of excitement.  I still can’t believe I’m almost finished with 2 full years living in Seoul.  Time certainly files by and I miss each and everyone of you reading this back home! I am the new 4th grade team leader Read More …

1 year anniversary, wait what?

365 days ago I landed at Incheon International Airport and immediately began one of the biggest changes in my life.  In spite of some difficult times I’ve had an incredible experience full of adventures. So I guess its no surprise that this year living in South Korea has flown by!   Sitting down to start writing Read More …

Watergun fight at school!

Summer teaching in Korea: hot sun, lots of pollution, hummidity, sweat everywhere & screaming kids.  So when your Korean coteacher asks if “its okay if we have a watergun fight instead of class on Friday” how else can your respond except “hell yeah!” Oh wait.  I’m at work.  “Yes, Mr. Shin, I think the students would like Read More …

Open Class – 4th grade Korean debates

Korean schools have a tradition of hosting an “open class” where parents are invited to watch a lesson.  That day was today!  Luckily my team leaders prepared a great lesson to keep things flowing smoothly across the grade.  We spent two blocks over the last few days teaching our students all about debates. Before getting into Read More …

4th grade field trip to Namsan, Chyeonggyecheon & Gyeongbokgung

Friday I had the pleasure of going on my first field trip at my new school.  The 4th grade had a great time on our Seoul tour stopping at 3 famous places.  Namsan is a mountain in the middle of the city, Chyeonggyecheon is a stream running through Seoul near city hall and Gyeongbokgung is one of Read More …

Payday!

Payday is always a good day, unless of course you don’t get paid.  Thankfully my new job doesn’t exhibit the same tendencies I’ve become used to and we got paid bright and early this morning!  It was nice to check my bank account at lunchtime and already see the deposit.  Now the question is do I go Read More …

A bilingual classroom missing a few walls

Okay, so I’ve been busy.  But busy is good, especially since its because I love my new job and coworkers!  Teaching 4th grade is a wonderful change from my crappy hogwon and I continue to be impressed by the professionalism exhibited at my new school.  Everyone from the administration to the teachers, students and parents Read More …

Overcoming an unexpected hurdle

Day two with my new 4th graders went even better than I could have planned.  I cleaned up my computer and didn’t have random pop ups in the middle of my lessons; I knew who was a girl and who was a boy and even remembered a few names!  The presentation Mike & John (my Read More …