No two journeys are ever alike, because no two pupils are ever alike. Daniel Quinn - My Ishmael I've written a lot about my self-improvement journey. Whether through diet, exercise, meditation, happiness habits, or new teaching ideas, I try to live my life 1% better every day. But I also recognize this journey as my … Continue reading Quoterday – No Journey Alike
Some people ask me how I teach lessons in my class. How are they structured? So today, using PPT slides, I will show you the progression of a 50-minute class. I taught this lesson two weeks ago to first-graders. In my class, first-grade Unit 1 focuses on practical and informal English. As a result, the … Continue reading A Sample Lesson – Introductions
Wonderful things are especially wonderful the first time they happen, but their wonderfulness wanes with repition. -Daniel Gilbert, Stumbling On Happiness Enjoying holiday candies and cookies can be wonderful. When I am at home and I bite into that first fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, my taste buds ascend into heaven. A sip of milk makes … Continue reading Quoterday – How Wonderful Are Wonderful Things?
Earlier, I described the challenge and enjoyment of planning my own lessons. In short, planning sans textbook is a form of bounded freedom - creative autonomy coupled with practical constraints. Change is constant in creativity. As I gather more informal feedback in the classroom, I continue to refine and sharpen my creative landscape. Sometimes this entails creative … Continue reading The Evolution of Lesson Planning
The schools are there, Julie, to regulate the flow of young competitors into the job market. Daniel Quinn, My Ishmael I once believed that my Mom dropped me off at school so I could fill my brain with knowledge. Through diligent study, I would parlay that knowledge into top grades, and an amazing job. But … Continue reading Quoterday – The Purpose of School
What is American karaoke like? If you remember as I do, you’re in a dingy dive bar several blocks from a college campus. The smell of smoke and cheap beer nonconsensually assaults your nostrils. The clock strikes eleven and the bar owner jumps on the microphone. “All right folks! It’s karaoke night! Write your name … Continue reading Korean Karaoke