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3 Tips for Earning Student Respect

Let’s be real about this whole teaching gig. If you’re a teacher in the ESL world, chances are you’re probably in the same boat as me, and I’m no different than the thousands of other ESL teachers doing their thing abroad as I write this.

We are generally not at the same level as the native teacher at the school to which we’re assigned. There, I said it.

I want to stress “generally” because there are certain circumstances where an ESL instructor is, indeed, the ruler of his or her classroom kingdom. Universities, international and private schools, and probably some others may call for the ESL instructor to hold total responsibility for their classroom and students. Not to mention the administrative tasks that go along with the role.


Teach

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I saw ants wandering the crevasses of the sidewalk on this warm afternoon and realized that my journey here has come full circle. The trees that had lost their leaves, shivered and bloomed have again regained their strength to grow. In the day’s heat, my memories skip around from my first steps into Homeplus through blurry midnight taxi rides. But what I remember most are the students that I teach – the quirky, cute, struggling, hard-working and spirited bunch that I brightly say “Hi!” to every day, between every class. They have made up a large part of my life here, and although Korea has given me so much, these kids have undoubtedly given me the most.


Teach

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I saw ants wandering the crevasses of the sidewalk on this warm afternoon and realized that my journey here has come full circle. The trees that had lost their leaves, shivered and bloomed have again regained their strength to grow. In the day’s heat, my memories skip around from my first steps into Homeplus through blurry midnight taxi rides. But what I remember most are the students that I teach – the quirky, cute, struggling, hard-working and spirited bunch that I brightly say “Hi!” to every day, between every class. They have made up a large part of my life here, and although Korea has given me so much, these kids have undoubtedly given me the most.


Korean Judo Excellence Begins in School

Jeon: Olympic and 3X World Champion
For the judo lovers out there, you know about South Korea.  Names like Jeon Ki-Young (전기영), Lee Won-Hee (이원희), Wang Ki-Chun (왕기춘), and Kim Jae-Bum (김재범) resound in the judo world as defining greatness.  Among many others.  South (and North) Korea have a knack for developing world-class judo players consistently.

Korean Judo Excellence Begins in School

Ki+Young+Jeon Korean Judo Excellence Begins in School
Jeon: Olympic and 3X World Champion

For the judo lovers out there, you know about South Korea.  Names like Jeon Ki-Young (전기영), Lee Won-Hee (이원희), Wang Ki-Chun (왕기춘), and Kim Jae-Bum (김재범) resound in the judo world as defining greatness.  Among many others.


The Beginning of the End

The time has come, the walrus said...

Today is my last day of school. I just said goodbye to my students for the last time. Each of my classes today made me a farewell poster.

Making Cake in a Mug with Middle School Korean Girls

English camp comes at the start of Summer and Winter breaks.  It generally lasts about 10 days and the day usually ends before noon.  At least that's how it was at my school.  Camps are usually on the drab side as I'm left looking for activities that will keep the students engaged and showing up as camp wears on.  This time around, the English Department put together a much more fun and interesting schedule including trips to the English radio station, Gyung-Ju historical region of Korea, and English library.

In addition to this, I was asked to do a cooking class.  Now the irony of this is probably too difficult to put to words.  I'm one who has trouble boiling water and even run the risk of burning it if I wasn't careful.  Nonetheless, it's how I would roll for English Camp this summer.  Celebrity chef style.  The recipe I was asked to prepare with the students?  Cake in a Mug.

Making Cake in a Mug with Middle School Korean Girls

English camp comes at the start of Summer and Winter breaks.  It generally lasts about 10 days and the day usually ends before noon.  At least that’s how it was at my school.  Camps are usually on the drab side as I’m left looking for activities that will keep the students engaged and showing up as camp wears on.  This time around, the English Department put together a much more fun and interesting schedule including trips to the English radio station, Gyung-Ju historical region of Korea, and English library.

In addition to this, I was asked to do a cooking class.  Now the irony of this is probably too difficult to put to words.  I’m one who has trouble boiling water and even run the risk of burning it if I wasn’t careful.  Nonetheless, it’s how I would roll for English Camp this summer.  Celebrity chef style.  The recipe I was asked to prepare with the students?  Cake in a Mug.


A Week of School Lunches

I decided to document every lunch I ate for a week. Korean school lunches are profoundly different from American school lunches, and I am convinced they play a vital role in why Korea doesn't have the obesity epidemic currently facing America.


Monday: Stir-fry noodles, pork ribs, seafood soup with bean sprouts and octopus tentacles, rice, and kimchi. 
 
Tuesday: stir-fried mystery meat, a roll of rice dough, spam soup with other mystery meat, rice, and kimchi.

Looking and Seeing

A while ago, I submitted an essay for a contest hosted by EPIK about challenges we've faced in our school.

I'm excited to say that mine was one of the ones they selected!

It's about making sure you really see your students as individuals, instead of just a mass of faces.

Sorry about the PDF. It's on the EPIK website like this, too.

If you click the little < on the top left corner of the frame below, you can minimize the annoying sidebar.


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