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

Chewing Over Adler – Trauma Does Not Exist

CLICK HERE for an opposite, measured interpretation. Back in January, a co-worker of mine lent me a book - The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga. I crushed it in a weekend, basking in insight while pickling in uncomfortable ideas.  But I enjoyed it so much, I cracked open their second … Continue reading Chewing Over Adler – Trauma Does Not Exist

The Perils of Optimal

In the self-help community, the word “optimal” surfaces as a staple buzzword - especially in the introduction to the Tim Ferriss Show. YouTube videos all contain titles that suggest optimal performance tips. “The optimal way to lose weight.” “The optimal way to grow huge muscles.” “The optimal way to study.” “The optimal way to teach.” … Continue reading The Perils of Optimal

Lesson Planning Tips For New Native Teachers

Welcome back! While most native teachers slated to start in April have postponed their travel until August, a few have migrated from other positions within Korea to begin their public school journeys. We've all been new ESL teachers at one point.  Moving abroad, flying thousands of miles, settling into a new community, and adapting to … Continue reading Lesson Planning Tips For New Native Teachers