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Sucking It Up

A few weeks ago was October’s Birthday Party for our Kindergarten classes, and this coming Friday will be November’s Birthday Party.  This means lots of pictures, fried chicken and kimbap for lunch, Birthday cake, and a ceiling full of balloons.


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


Happy Halloween

It’s the night before NaNoWriMo begins and although I should probably be making outlines and more character spreadsheets (yes there is a spreadsheet involved), I am instead watching TV and talking about Halloween.

Our Halloween Party was last Friday and not only did we have an adorable song competition, we also had a whole morning of awesome events.

What made the day even better was that absolutely everyone was in costume.  It was quite obvious that the best teacher costumes went to Barbara and Mike.


We Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts!

Yesterday we had our school Halloween Party.  As part of the party there was a singing contest where each class sang a song.  Everyone did such a great job, and the little ones were super cute.  I was very impressed with all the classes- since we had little over a week to practice.  One of the classes did the Who’s “Boris the Spider” which was awesome to have these little kids basically growling.

Basically, this is what happens when I am told I can pick any Halloween song for my Kindergartens:


We finished strong- even though some of the kids were very shy.


300: A Countdown

 

I’ve always been better with words, but today is a good occasion for some numbers.


Art'ifying the Old at Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan


Gamcheon Culture Village

It's Summer English Camp time.  Things have changed a little since I first arrived.  Until very recently, Korea still held Saturday classes twice a month.  They have since stopped Saturday classes which gave rise to two big changes in the education system here in Busan.

Still Alive!

Who’s the worst blogger in the world? ::Raises hand:: This girl! Time in Korea is a funny concept in that it moves really fast. In fact, everything in Korea happens at super speed- driving, eating, walking, grocery store lines (I like this one), etc. Well, I feel like it’s been moving even faster than usual lately and I think it’s because spring brought wonderful weather and now summer is bringing even more. Talk about being spoiled…

Teach English in Korea...When Should I Do It?

On a few occasions I've been asked when I thought the best time was to come to Korea to teach English.  As I'm older than the vast majority of foreign ESL teachers here in Korea, I have a slightly different perspective than most on that topic.  I decided the best way to answer this question was to make a vlog.

The bottom line is, there is no "correct" time to travel abroad.  I think if you get the feeling to travel, just do it!  One year will go by quicker than it begins.  The biggest question is ,"what will you make of the time once you get here?"

The Hike to Songjeong Beach


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At the far northeastern end of Busan, Songjeong Beach is a more beautiful and far less popular stretch of sand than the city beaches of Haeundae or Gwangalli. Although you can get there with bus or taxi, the best way to arrive is over a gorgeous three-km hike through the woods.


Exam Week Means Easy-ish Week

This week has been exams week for the students.  Just like last semester, the exams week means two things.  Exausting first half of the week.  Cake the second half. 

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