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

You Never Forget Your First Farewell

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

Teacher Training Reflections – First Program (Part One) 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)