Recording Audio

Next semester I’m going to introduce my Genius Hour students to audio recordings.  The purpose of Genius Hour is for students to learn about something that they are interested in and then present on it.  I’m hoping to inspire some of them to make multiple audio recordings and even weekly podcasts about their topic! The 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 …

Making an online test – Learning Management Systems

I’m at a Google Apps for Education Summit right now!  I’ve learned all about technology and right now we are using Google Forms to create an online test which can go into your teacher website.  I decided to post it here instead!  Leave a comment below if you want to learn how to do it. Read More …

My students picked this picture because…

My Korean co-teacher came up to me and asked if it was okay for the students to show me pictures.  I heard him using my name in class and then speaking Korean for the last 15 minutes but thought nothing of it.  But then they explained in English why they choose each picture specifically for 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 …

Top 10 Travel Photos of 2014 #9

2014 was my most traveled year yet.  I had the good fortune to bring in the New Year in the Philippines before returning to my job in South Korea.  Summer vacation was spent backpacking Vietnam and Chuseok (Korean thanksgiving) brought me to Japan.  I ventured to Shanghai before heading back to America for the end Read More …

Philae has landed!

You may know I’m a nerd.  You might not but that doesn’t change the fact that weird sciencey things intrigue me.  Perhaps you’ve seen it in the news recently.  The European Space Agency (ESA) just landed a probe on a comet.  67p/churyumov-gerasimenko (a uniquely unmemorable name) looks slightly like a duck or perhaps a swan but Read More …

4th grade overnight field trip to Gongju – Buyeo

Field trips are great.  They can be exhausting for students and teachers alike but its a welcome reprieve from the classroom and an exciting opportunity to see a different side of each other.  Last week we embarked on a 3 hour bus trip to Gongju for my first overnight field trip as a teacher.  Each Read More …

But what if you have to poop?

I told my (4th grade Korean ESL) students about Son Doong and how I’ll be spending a week in the world’s largest cave. Upon seeing my bag and hiking boots I got a few “are you going to Everest?” remarks. But, here are my favorite reactions to seeing national geographic pictures: “Don’t die!” “Can you 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 …