My Favorite Teaching Mindset

What qualities make a good teacher?  Answers rain in from many people. Kind.  Compassionate.  Patient. Diligent.  Growth-oriented. When I consider the common characteristics of quality teachers, I find a single thread that ties them together.  This thread, this mindset, keeps me flying high during the best of times, and sustains me through the worst.  It … Continue reading My Favorite Teaching Mindset

Quoterday – The Curious Correlation of Self-Esteem

Self-esteem seems only to be a symptom, a correlate, of how well a person is doing in the world. -Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism Growing up, school programs and television adverts bombarded me with messages to my self-esteem. "You have to love yourself." "Believe in yourself and you can do anything." "I'm good enough, I'm smart … Continue reading Quoterday – The Curious Correlation of Self-Esteem

Quick Tips for New Native Teachers

Many new native English teachers recently arrived in Korea.  Welcome.  It feels like yesterday that I myself exited Incheon Airport, knees shaking with excitement and uncertainty. One year later, I can reflect on some actions and mindsets the contributed to a smooth transition into Korean life. To be fair, I’ve only lived here for one … Continue reading Quick Tips for New Native Teachers

Mindsets to Success – Impermanence

Anyone who has lived or spent time in Korea can testify to the blistering pace of life here.  “Pali Pali” (hurry, hurry) is virtually a life motto. It hearkens me back to one of the primary principles of Buddhism - impermanence.  Impermanence means that nothing will last forever.  Everything, be it physical, mental, or emotional, … Continue reading Mindsets to Success – Impermanence