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Bitter Sweet Goodbyes

And we're done! Our first year in Korea is complete. I've said goodbye to my 6th graders today who are off to tackle middle school.

What an amazing year it's been. We're flying back to the UK on Sunday and have three weeks of visiting friends and family, clothes shopping, eating delicious food and sightseeing before we come back to face our second year of madness.

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Cat cafe// Photobooth fun// dancing soju

My 5th floor 친구's!

The co-workers on my floor at school asked me to bring my camera yesterday so we could get some group shots of all of us together before I leave Korea.  I obliged of course!  It's not often that Koreans ask to have their pictures taken you know?!  Gotta take advantage when the time comes! The 7 of us have gotten together every morning at 9:30am for the past year, to sip tea or coffee and hang out together before our 2nd classes of the day.  I really love these 6!

How to Teach in Korea

I've had an amazing first year in Korea, so much that I've decided to sign up for a second. Lots of people have asked me how to start the ball rolling with teaching in Korea, and getting over here is as easy as A B C, almost...


The Troubling English Obsession in South Korea: How Foreign ESL Teachers Can Be Part of the Solution



As of 2013, there are thought to be nearly 20,000 first-language English speakers working for public schools and privately owned language programs (hagwons) in South Korea.  Korean parents regularly shell out as much as a third of their household income to get their children in an after school program with these foreign instructors.  As a result, hagwon profits have soared, surpassing US$7 billion in 2009.


"It's teeth!"

I was playing a PowerPoint trivia game with my 3rd grade class today where I would give the kids 4 hints about a word and they would have to guess what it was!  So, I gave these four hints:
So, after all of these hints, one of my sweet little smart ones prou

Sledding, Kinda

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Last week for our January Field Trip, we went sledding.  Or, more accurately we went to an amusement park and where we slid down a slightly snowy/icy hill twice.  I was too busy wrangling kids, making sure no one was lost,  and having fun with our limited sledding that I took maybe a total of 3 photos.  So all of the pictures are from my school. Also I love that Clara is in mid-yawn in this picture.

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Aaaaaahhhhhh!!!

The 6th graders all came to school this morning to find out which of the 4 neighborhood Middle Schools they'll be attending in March. (It's done by a lottery system in Korea and their elementary school teachers tell them). My entire hallway erupted, for at least an hour, with the loudest screams as the students found out which middle school they were assigned. They seemed to be either really excited, or really bummed about the news...  Either way, it was the SAME sounding, blood curdling, scream!  Gotta love overly dramatic Korean preteens! blog-signature

Don’t You Want to Be in Kindergarten?

I haven’t written much in the past few days because I’ve been greatly involved in this cool activity known as sleeping.  I don’t know if it’s the flu shot I recently got (better late than never, right?) or if I’m still trying to readjust after coming back from vacation, or the fact that I am a teacher and therefore run around all day.  Either way, I’ve been falling asleep by 10:30 the last few nights.


My 2012: While you were busy Googling ‘What is a Gangnam?’…


New Year Update

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Our first meeting
Because of doing the Japan blogs I've not had chance to say much else about what's happening at the moment.

We are in the throws of Winter Camp here, which means working 9-1:30 with lots of different classes, teaching lots of different things which is proving to be lots more interesting than regular school. I think the hours tip me into prefering Camp too.

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