Teaching Reflectively – Interview With Ashley Yu

Ashley Yu earned his Master's of Education from Keiser University.  He has lived in Korea for five years, teaching at eight schools in Hampyeong County.  For the past two years, he's worked as a native instructor at JIEI, specializing in reading and writing skills and methodology. Ashley, it's great to speak with you today. AY:  … Continue reading Teaching Reflectively – Interview With Ashley Yu

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

My First Temple Stay

 I felt supremely grateful for the timing of the Chuseok holiday. Between classroom difficulties (one student accused of cheating during a game yelled at my co-teacher and his classmates), lesson difficulties (A lesson bombed due to insufficient English speaking and excessive ease), and other serious interpersonal student problems beyond the scope of my class, I … Continue reading My First Temple Stay

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

Learning From Substitute Teaching

After nine months, I can reflect on what experiences best prepared me for life and work in Korea.  One such experience would have to be the semester I spent substitute teaching. On the surface, this seems obvious. “Oh really?  Spending time teaching prepared you to be a teacher?  You don’t say…” However, the mere act … Continue reading Learning From Substitute Teaching