Year 3 Cruises Toward Uncertain Closure (Part Two)

Ian Says Goodbye to Newfound Friends Once Again Of the eight native instructors currently under contract at JIEI, three are leaving over the next six weeks - three instructors I've come to consider close colleagues. Look, Ma! I can macrame! Muffin One man (let's call him Muffin) will step onto to the International School circuit … Continue reading Year 3 Cruises Toward Uncertain Closure (Part Two)

Year 3 Cruises To Uncertain Closure (Part One)

It feels tired and trite to drop the word "uncertainty" in casual conversation. I now cringe when I send messages to friends punctuated with the well-intended but cliched, "I hope you're doing well in these times of uncertainty." Let's whip out the thesaurus on 'em: "I hope you're finding peace in these volatile times." "I … Continue reading Year 3 Cruises To Uncertain Closure (Part One)

The Proper Way to Protest? (The Dictator’s Handbook)

(Some ideas here come from this informative YouTube video by CGP Grey) Whenever people stand up and speak truth to power, demonstrating against injustices perpetrated by the powers that be, a similar refrain often amplifies through social echo chambers. “I don’t mind people protesting. I just wish they would protest the right way.” Others express … Continue reading The Proper Way to Protest? (The Dictator’s Handbook)

Interlanguage, Classroom Management, and New Teacher Tips – Interview With Bryan Hale

Today I transcribed an interview with Bryan Hale. Bryan has taught in Korea for many years, and currently works at Yeongam High School. He is also heavily involved in KOTESOL, a professional development group for English instructors in Korea, serving as president of the Gwangju-Jeonnam chapter. Along with some older photos from my college years … Continue reading Interlanguage, Classroom Management, and New Teacher Tips – Interview With Bryan Hale

Chewing Over Adler – Trauma Does Exist

Several weeks ago, I shared my summary and thoughts about the controversial title of Part One of Ichiro Kishimi's best-seller The Courage to Be Disliked. For the first time, I received very mixed feedback on a blog post. While some told me they appreciated the writing and even-handed summary, others vehemently disagreed (and fairly so) … Continue reading Chewing Over Adler – Trauma Does Exist

Round 2 of Teacher Training

After weathering some lazy bouts of writer's block, my best course of action is to write my mind - and lately my second round of six-month teacher-training has dominated that head space. Today, just as most native teachers regain the pleasure (or curse) of teaching students in-person once again, our in-person classes with Korean teacher-trainees … Continue reading Round 2 of Teacher Training

Self-Protective Self-Criticism

Source:  Self-Compassion - Kristin Neff Bold italicized sentences indicate book quotes. Why are so many of us so hard on ourselves?  It feels counter-intuitive. We want to succeed and become the best versions of ourselves. It makes no sense to self-sabotage with self-destructive thinking. Kristen Neff, psychologist and self-compassion specialist, suggests a straightforward explanation for … Continue reading Self-Protective Self-Criticism