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5 ESL Games for All Levels and Ages

As an ESL teacher working with middle school, high school, and adult students, I am always on the lookout for games that are fun and appropriate for a variety of skill levels and ages. Below is a collection of games that I’ve found to meet those standards! If you have any ideas of your own, questions, or feedback, feel free to leave them in the comment section!

1. Dots

IMG_1884Materials: Paper with pre-drawn dot grid, pens/pencils, dice


RTBC Day Five: Welcome to my classroom!

Reflective Teaching Blog Challenge – Day Five: Post a picture of your classroom. Describe what you see, and what you don’t see that you’d like to.


Korean Public School Class Schedule

If you are curious about the schedule of a public school teacher in Korea, I’ve shared mine in our most recent video! I’d say that my schedule is very basic and ideal. The classes are in large blocks with 10 minute breaks in between each class. My afternoons are free to plan for the next days classes, and I am able to teach one extra after school class for some extra money. As you can see, I teach each class once a week for 40 minutes. This isn’t ideal, but I work at a big school and there are too many students to teach them twice a week, so this will vary depending on your school.

Your schedule can change by semester or by the year, also depending on your school. My first year at this school I taught only 5th and 6th grade, so obviously I taught them 2-3x a week. Then they decided they wanted me to teach 3rd and 4th grade as well, and my schedule changed to what it is now.


Let’s wrap this up?


How to Stay Sane Until Spring (Korean Winter, we’re through.)


“Call Me Maybe, Teacher?” -Phone Teaching with Korean Students-


3 Truths and a Lie

I teach an after school English class for some of the more advanced students in my elementary school.  Today, we played the game 3 Truths and A Lie.  I told them to write down 3 true sentences and 1 lie.  We didn't have enough time to read them outloud in class today and guess which sentence was the lie, so I collected their papers and tucked them away for next week's class... but not before reading a few to see what they came up with!  

wish you were here – snail mail love

When was the last time your mailbox actually had a letter in it: handwritten and addressed to you from a real live person you know? The newest J Crew catalog does not count, although I know how exciting its arrival can be.

postcards


Reflecting on My First Year in Korea

This past Friday (7/20/12) was the last day of the Spring semester.  Also the last class of my first year's contract.  It amazes me how quickly this year has gone by.  Being that it was my first year and everything was new, I can understand it seeming like it flew by.  Nonetheless, it's over now and I can't believe it.  The year has been a bit of everything for me.  Ups, downs, excitement, boredom.  I've learned so much about being a teacher and how to do my job more effectively.  Getting to know the students and what works best with them was (and will continue to be) a great learning experience.  I'm looking forward to doing it again as I renewed my contract at my school in Busan.

Improving Relationships at Your School

I'm closing out my first year teaching ESL in Busan, South Korea.  I've been really blessed to have a great group of people to work with at my school.  However, not all teachers can say the same thing.  Many foreign teachers struggle with their relationships with staff and students and there are many reasons why this could be happening.


o  There could just be bad chemistry between the foreign teacher and others. 
o  Some co-workers may be having an off day or week.
o  They may not "fit in" with the school's social culture.
o  The foreign teacher may be horrible to work with.


In any case, I can safely say that there is one way to help improve on your relationships at your school, whether it be in South Korea, China, Colombia, or the Middle East.

This video has my tip.

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