The best blessing of working in a high school is the daily interactions with my students. Many can hold great conversations. Other times, hilarity and absurdity reign supreme. Note: I don't give my students English names, but I changed their names for the sake of anonymity (and because it's fun). Two students work on a … Continue reading My Students Say the Darndest Things II
Life always changes. Nothing is permanent. However, in Korea, that flux feels just a bit faster. This semester I’ve slowly adjusted to a new schedule - my walk-in-the-park 16-class load expanded to 20. However, despite initial growing pains, I’ve found several positives in this new work routine. Initially, I taught 8 classes in the first … Continue reading New Schedule, Same Constant Change
In late July, the Jeollanamdo Summer English Camp provided one of my most enjoyable weeks of teaching. But those buttery-fluttery feelings did not emerge on Day 1. As I offloaded my clothing into a double-dorm barely larger than a walk-in closet, Anxiety-Brain chirped with first-day nervous energy. “You’ve never taught middle school students before.” “The … Continue reading Ian Goes to Middle School Camp
I spent the past week working with middle school students at Dongshim University in Naju. That is why I didn't post last week. I plan to post a piece of writing on the matter soon. In the meantime, however, enjoy some camp photos. I barely fit in this room. I can't imagine how two people … Continue reading Super Photo Corner – Naju Camp
“This was unforgettable.” This thought has flitted across my mind many times in the past year. I will likely remember many Korean adventures for as long as I live. However, one afternoon I had the pleasure of hearing this from one of my own students. Ascencio is currently in the third grade. I don’t teach … Continue reading Lunch With Ascencio
I recently signed my “intention-to-renew” paperwork, nearly sealing my fate for one more year at Namak High School. While I penned these papers not long ago, I happily resigned myself to renewal months earlier. Four months into my Korean experience I began weighing my blessings and my blights. Blessings won in blowout fashion. The scoreboard … Continue reading One More Year!