Year 3 Cruises Toward Uncertain Closure (Part Two)

Ian Says Goodbye to Newfound Friends Once Again Of the eight native instructors currently under contract at JIEI, three are leaving over the next six weeks - three instructors I've come to consider close colleagues. Look, Ma! I can macrame! Muffin One man (let's call him Muffin) will step onto to the International School circuit … Continue reading Year 3 Cruises Toward Uncertain Closure (Part Two)

Year 3 Cruises To Uncertain Closure (Part One)

It feels tired and trite to drop the word "uncertainty" in casual conversation. I now cringe when I send messages to friends punctuated with the well-intended but cliched, "I hope you're doing well in these times of uncertainty." Let's whip out the thesaurus on 'em: "I hope you're finding peace in these volatile times." "I … Continue reading Year 3 Cruises To Uncertain Closure (Part One)

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

Living At Work

While journeying through the boundless literature of countless prescriptions for a happy and fulfilling life, most preach the value of a healthy work-life balance. My current position makes that difficult at times.  Between lesson preparation, classes, workshops, and supplementary activities, JIEI invites ample grind time.  The demands of this job made living near work a … Continue reading Living At Work

My Crazy Cool Messenger VI (Series Finale)

With my last piece of evidence from Namak High School, I present the final episode of My Crazy Cool Messenger. Google Translate is a comedy goldmine.  Happy Tuesday everyone.  Stay strong! The blue color looks a little luxurious, Please report it to us We will give you a delicious chocolate cookie. Yes, Mr. Principal.  Your … Continue reading My Crazy Cool Messenger VI (Series Finale)