A Teacher’s View

Hello out there. I haven’t written in a long time, I was really busy with taking intensive Korean classes and that’s finally finished up. I want to post some videos from that soon. But for this post, I have some pictures (which you can click to enlarge), and thoughts on teaching English that have been collecting over the past couple months. I hope you enjoy this update.

Pose Tracker: Peace signs (3) Cell Phone Cameras (1) Face Concealing (4) Partial Attention (4)

This is the first class I teach Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Although its the lowest level I teach, they are very invigorating to teach. Why? They have not yet reached the age of cynicism yet. My grade 6 students, on the other hand, have a firm conviction they know better than the teacher. When I begin explaining an activity, its interesting how they proclaim that it’s going to be boring, only to be laughing five minutes later. I used to get discouraged at this response, but the truth is all students love activities. Even adult students. Its just a matter of getting people to play silly games without being condescending and making them admit how childlike they are. Thus, middle school students can more easily enjoy a game, after they express their general doubt and angst about it. If I ask them what they would rather do, their either don’t know or suggest something not educational anyways. So usually I try to fight through the cynicism.

Pose Tracker: Peace Signs (1) Cell phone cameras (3) Face Concealing (2) Partial Attention (4) 

Admittedly, there’s some overlap between using cell phone cameras (to take a picture of their teacher taking a picture) and concealing their faces.

TOPIA Holidays: You all know Halloween can be an interesting experience for teachers. However, I preferred 빼빼로 (Peppero) Day. 

Halloween: One of my classes genuinely scared me. They turned out all the lights, and one girl with the most frightening make-up was standing there with a huge axe.

Peppero Day:  Its strange to have a Day named after a Brand Name Product. Imagine if they tried to do Pepsi Day or something in North America. People might recoil against the marketing scheme. But for whatever reason, Peppero Day is much loved in Korea as a time for exchanging Pepperos (chocolate covered sticks which resemble the shape of it’s date, November 11th, (11/11 ). So all day students were giving us snacks.

See you next time.


About mwitster

Blogged about teaching English and language learning in Korean and the Middle East. Now, as a Speech-Language Pathologist, hope to post some new info and possibly reflections from private practice.
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