Teacher Training Reflections – First Program (Part One)

https://youtu.be/j-gOJRndXZg As we cross over into February, my first 6-month program as a teacher-trainer is drawing to a close. I feel like it was yesterday that I showed up at JIEI as a fresh teacher-trainer scared out my mind with little dribbles of pee running down my leg as I stepped in front of my … Continue reading Teacher Training Reflections – First Program (Part One)

The Blessed Dregs of December

https://youtu.be/j-gOJRndXZg The month of January [has just passed] and I must say -  last month was good to me. I've re-righted my habits like eating more healthy foods.  I've used the shit out of my slow cooker to stew vegetables, beans, and lentils.  I've also resumed finishing my meals with more mixed nuts and fruits. … Continue reading The Blessed Dregs of December

How To Use Looper For YouTube To Select Listening Clips For Class

As a listening and speaking instructor, I often mention the value of authentic listening materials. “Students find it motivating to discover that they can extract information from an ungraded passage” (Field, 1998). I feel the same sense of accomplishment when I can read full sentences of Korean webtoons without using a translator.  It doesn't happen … Continue reading How To Use Looper For YouTube To Select Listening Clips For Class

Teaching Reflectively – Interview With Ashley Yu

Ashley Yu earned his Master's of Education from Keiser University.  He has lived in Korea for five years, teaching at eight schools in Hampyeong County.  For the past two years, he's worked as a native instructor at JIEI, specializing in reading and writing skills and methodology. Ashley, it's great to speak with you today. AY:  … Continue reading Teaching Reflectively – Interview With Ashley Yu

The Subtle Art of Microteaching – Interview With Kristy Dolson

As I continue to fight through writer's block, I realized interviews could provide fun and useful content while allowing others' to share their accumulated wisdom and experience. So today I share my interview with Kristy Dolson, my supervisor here at the Institute. https://youtu.be/a8lQtCj2aNk IS:  Kristy has lived here for eight years after receiver her Bachelor … Continue reading The Subtle Art of Microteaching – Interview With Kristy Dolson

Living At Work

While journeying through the boundless literature of countless prescriptions for a happy and fulfilling life, most preach the value of a healthy work-life balance. My current position makes that difficult at times.  Between lesson preparation, classes, workshops, and supplementary activities, JIEI invites ample grind time.  The demands of this job made living near work a … Continue reading Living At Work

Downtime In The Dead of December

If you're reading this now, I'm already dead. Just kidding. Fate willing. But if you're reading this, Christmas is right around the corner and I'm back in the classroom.  Session 2 has begun and the trainees and I are discussing and demonstrating activities and techniques in listening and speaking methodology. It also means I survived … Continue reading Downtime In The Dead of December