It's January and winter is here in Pohang. As a woman born on the warm island of Trinidad and Tobago, I mostly tolerate the cold weather rather than enjoy it. Nevertheless, these changes in seasons can be considered both literally and figuratively. As Mother Nature allows for these cycles, we readily accept these changes as a part of life. After all, is there anything we can do to stop it?
I was born on an island where two seasons abounded; dry season and rainy season. This, I believe has set me up to fail in all other climates, namely those that include winter. I often long for the warm weather that Miami offers year round and I have even contemplated relocating back to Trinidad for this very reason.
As the weather got cooler and cooler here in Pohang, South Korea, I was constantly reminded that winter would soon be here. While this is not something I look forward to, since I cannot change the weather, I will instead use these next three months to make some changes of my own. This “season” will give me a chance to make some changes and improve on a few things. Which begs the question, "Do you have anything that you could improve on?"
As an English teacher, each day is an opportunity to better your craft. Since I’m a teacher by profession, this is one goal that I constantly remind myself of. While teaching in Korea with Chungdahm Learning, you will have four, three-month terms that make up your one year in Korea. For me, each term has been an opportunity to improve on my craft.
This student was the best in her class for the Memory Mega class taught last term. As you can see, she's proudly holding her certificate given to her by my Chungdahm Learning Director, Carlton. I constantly remind myself that I can be a great teacher and I am aware that in keeping with this idea, there is always room for improvement.
Some other things I'll be working on this winter:
-training my dog Choco to do tricks
On another note, as you may know, change is constant. This is especially true in Korea; stores seemingly go up over-night, plans will change with friends and, even at work. As I get older, I am realizing that being open to change is probably the best thing you can do for yourself. Having a mind for flexibility can encourage one's ability to overcome the frustration that accompanies unexpected changes. This works both inside and outside of the classroom. If you'd like to see the inside of my classroom, follow my blog for and inside view of my CDI branch here in Nam-gu, Pohang.
Winter will be over soon enough, but in the mean time, I'm improving on my craft, working out and making progress. Spring will be here soon enough!
Nailah Rivers was born in Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to the United States with her family at the age of seven. She graduated Rutgers University in 2011 with a degree in psychology. Her sophomore year in college, she knew for sure that she would pursue a teaching career with a focus on elementary school. After a risky move to Miami, Florida in 2011, Nailah decided to take a chance and apply to teach English in South Korea with Chungdahm Learning. She is currently teaching in Pohang, South Korea and is having a good time teaching and learning. Follow her blog to get the inside scoop on teaching abroad.