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High School English Contest

High School English Contest

I never got around to writing about the rest of my time at the high school I was helping out.  When my time was over at the school, I was asked if perhaps if I could make it to the contest to watch the students. I said that I would try my best and find out. Luckily, for me, my vice-principal was very kind to me and he let me go to both days of the contest in the afternoon….

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English Frustrations

English Frustrations

In May, I went to a meeting about a volunteer English program through the city of Incheon, called Camglish.  I am responsible for teaching three students 1 hour a week through google hangouts via webcam. I thought it would be an interesting opportunity and a chance to help students out that no longer had a native, English teacher at their school.  I was assigned three third year middle school boys. I have to say there are times when the classes…

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Culture Box Pen Pals

Culture Box Pen Pals

At my new Elementary school I have a connecting classrooms after school class. It sounds like a mouthful, which it is. One of the themes is to connect the students with pen pals in other countries and to share their culture. We also teach the students about other cultures and the like. I took a census as to what they want to learn. One of the things I need to prepare are pen pals in America.  I am in contact…

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High School Speech Contest

High School Speech Contest

I was approached to see if I was willing to help a local high school prepare for an English Speech Contest.  I figured why not, I have the time and it would be fun to experience working with high school students.  The school is about a 40 minute commute from my current school and I go and help out between 6 – 9 p.m. The first day I went to this school I thought I was going to die from…

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Goodbye Wangsan Middle School

Goodbye Wangsan Middle School

Bittersweet goodbyes. Wangsan Middle School is my smallest school with 20 students. I only go to the school once a week to teach classes and I don’t always see my students every week. There was a two month hiatus after my coteacher was in an accident and a substitute teacher took his place.  I had learned to recognize most of my students names but unfortunately with the absence of not going I forgot almost all of them. Though if I…

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Goodbye Okgye Elementary Grade 6-2

Goodbye Okgye Elementary Grade 6-2

  To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from students when I decide to leave. I received two lovely posters from my Grade 4 class.  ( I will upload photos of it later once I remember where I tucked it away.) But nothing left an impression on me thus far like the letters  I received from my Grade 6 Class 2 students. They all wrote me letters, most of them in Korean. I am so thankful that I can read…

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Teacher, your family is just like a drama!

Teacher, your family is just like a drama!

The perks of being a teacher is trying to find interesting lessons for your uninterested students. One morning my co-teacher says to me, can you think of something to do for our first class? I had a mini panic attack and went flicking away through facebook snatching photos of family members and making a mini power point where I explained relationships and how my family looks like. This proved to be an interesting topic. Almost all of my kids were…

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Delivering Coal

Delivering Coal

Our school does a lot of community service. Now most of the time I’m not aware of the community service as it happens on days or hours I am at another school. Which is a shame because I like participating with my students. Because my school is located in a small town it is easy to do little things for others. Winter is fast approaching and a lot of Elderly people live alone. The service was to deliver and stack…

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Teacher game!

Teacher game!

I’m not known as the teacher that plays games. Although many ESL teachers play lots of games and incorporate them into the curriculum, I’m not one of them. I don’t like powerpoint games because I don’t like how everyone has to stare at the screen to be involved, which there are bound to be students who will not do anything but sit and talk to other students. Besides the fact, I have no idea how to work a lot of…

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My First Teacher's Day

My First Teacher's Day

Back home we have Teacher Appreciation week and if you were to ask me when it was, I would stare at you and say, “Let me google that.” I don’t know the answer to the question and I still do not know. However, thinking back on it many people rarely mentioned it or did things for their teachers. Korea is different. All of my students know when Teacher’s Day is, they even know a song to sing to their teachers….

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