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
The world feels frozen - as if aliens paused their intergalactic DVR episode of Earth to use the toilet and pop some more corn. California ordered the entire state to shelter in place. The U.S. ascended intro the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some days I do nothing, yet feel like everything is changing. These … Continue reading The World On Pause
As the world descends into physical distancing, handwashing, panic, and pandemic, mid-February feels like several lifetimes ago. And yet the end of my first six-month teacher-training program etched memories on my mind that will last a lifetime. I still remember the aching awkwardness as I started work at the Institute. The previous class of 16 … Continue reading You Never Forget Your First Farewell
After retreating from my locked apartment in defeat with nothing but the clothes on my back, I slunk into my classroom for some refuge from the swirling island winds. But before I slipped into sleep, thoughts flitted across my mental sky like shooting stars."You should let someone know. Maybe they can call a locksmith, or at … Continue reading I Still Suck At Asking For Help
As we all settle into this world-consuming viral reality, I've found more time to reflect on my relationships with others. For the past year, I’ve immersed myself in self-development podcasts like The Art of Charm or The Jordan Harbinger Show and felt the same messages bludgeon themselves into my mind. The most lasting lesson of … Continue reading I Suck at Asking for Help
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)
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
Due to busy workweeks and busier weekends, I've failed to post in the past six weeks. Plus I've been pounding a brick wall of writer's block. But I did just return from a long-weekend getaway to Taipei, so I might as well share some photos. Cheers! 🙂 They say beer tastes best on vacation :). … Continue reading Super Photo Corner – Taipei
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!
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.