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Why I Came to Korea

May 9, 2011
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Why I Came to Korea

Today is a holiday in South Korea: Buddha’s Birthday. My original plan was to enjoy a temple visit, but the weather did not oblige. So, I sit inside my clean apartment and think of things to write. Once you get out of the habit of blogging, it’s hard to start up again. This past...
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I get no respect, I tell ya

April 19, 2011
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I get no respect, I tell ya

Of course my title is a bit of an overstatement. Nor is this blog really a rant about how crazy my kids can get at times. Still, I’m a little surprised how disorderly Korean kids (if my students are any indication) can be in the classroom. A few Thai public school kids were “worse”...
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There’s nothing like a little lighthearted cannibalism to start your day

April 4, 2011
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…at least in terms of teaching English as a foreign language. In fact, I have (thankfully) not yet tried to devour any of my students, no matter how many invitations they seem to give me. When you’re teaching and want to provoke certain answers, sometimes you just choose questions so ludicrous that students have...
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What do you mean I’m not allowed to teach kindergarten?

March 30, 2011
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This one kind of hit me by surprise. As many readers know, I expected to take on two new classes from next week. I currently teach from 13:00-17:40 for my hagwon, then tutor my boss’ son and his friends for an additional half hour Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. All in all, this lets me...
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More on Teaching in South Korea

March 27, 2011
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This blog begins with no plan, no structure, not even a general idea of what I want to say. I read a friend’s blog regarding her first impressions teaching five-year-old Korean kids in Seoul, and I couldn’t help but realize how I was making the same observations she was, but somehow unable to find...
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My Crazy Students

February 10, 2011
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Port of clarification here: “crazy” in Korea doesn’t quite have the informal meaning it does among English speakers. That is, most of my students are pretty offended when I tell them they’re acting crazy, thinking that I’m calling them mentally deranged rather than simply bizarre. I figured that out after one of my lowest-level...
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Hagwons v. Public Schools

February 2, 2011
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Hagwons v. Public Schools

How did I get my current job teaching English? Simple. I decided to live in Korea, searched Seoul Craigslist for a countryside town, applied for one position, got an email back requesting an interview, passed the interview, and started on the paperwork. This all took place within a 10-hour period. I didn’t do as...
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Bitterness and the Lifer

January 24, 2011
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I promise I’ll try to make more of an effort to blog consistently. The truth is, I have a difficult time finding a good balance between blogging for leisure and out of obligation. What’s been on my mind recently? Actually something I’m quite concerned about. Let me set the stage. A new NongHyup Mart...
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English Teachers Might As Well Be Robots…

November 22, 2010
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I’ve been getting a little frustrated with teaching lately. Part of the reason is my students’ growing disrespect: – One boy in my blue class actually pulled out a Harry Potter book (in Korean) and started to read in the middle of a lesson. – A gold class student lied right to my face...
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Learning the Hard Way

November 11, 2010
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Today was Peppero (or Bebbero) Day in Korea, 뺴뺴로. What is it, you may ask? Well, 11/11, with all those 1’s, vaguely resembles sticks of chocolate. As a result, gifts of Lotte Bebbero are not uncommon on this most splendid of days. Well, I did receive my fair share from students. Anyway, I come...
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