I recently gave my second presentation to incoming native teachers about the benefits and processes of lesson planning. Such orientation talks not only helped me meet and encourage fresh foreign English teachers, but also provided a well-timed shift in perspective. This second presentation proved to be a more intimate affair. JLP rushed nine instructors to … Continue reading Orientation Presentations – Finding Perspective
With my last piece of evidence from Namak High School, I present the final episode of My Crazy Cool Messenger. Google Translate is a comedy goldmine. Happy Tuesday everyone. Stay strong! The blue color looks a little luxurious, Please report it to us We will give you a delicious chocolate cookie. Yes, Mr. Principal. Your … Continue reading My Crazy Cool Messenger VI (Series Finale)
The real work has begun. A new class of trainees arrived - a class who only know Ian as the speaking and listening instructor. It was my turn to stamp my mark on this program and step up as a true contributor. For the past two weeks, I graduated from being an outsider to being … Continue reading New Trainees Arrive. Ian Learns Teaching All Over Again
Welcome to my blog! For our first formal assessment, we will give a summary speech on a TED Talk of your choice. Once you choose your topic, it can help to download the video so you can study it without the use of the internet. There are two methods to save your videos. 1 - … Continue reading How To Download Your TED Talk Video to Study Offline
Can one write a Korea expat blog and not dedicate a post to one's apartment? Would this violate the physics of the blogosphere? I'm not about to find out. So let's take a tour of my new digs. My house key is no more. While I never encountered the terrifying and awkward phone calls that … Continue reading New Apartment = Tour Time!
After an initial workweek drenched in mixed emotions, I punched in my office for code Monday morning. My posture stretched skyward with optimism. My predecessor was gone. The current class of six-month trainees returned to their schools. I felt like a full-fledged, albeit green, part of the team. I buzzed with a bit of a … Continue reading Week Two. Less To Do. More Room To Grow
There's something contradictory about how time passes in a new job in a new neighborhood. On one side, time crawls like a snail as I pause to process new environments. Where is my office? Where is my apartment? Where is the convenience store? Where is the grocery store? What lovely trees over there! And the … Continue reading New Job. New Home. Week One.