Perhaps the most daunting part about taking on a teaching job is having to create a lesson plan for every single lesson. Some struggle with every aspect of it. Others may be skilled at creating lesson plans, but it is time consuming regardless of how skilled the teacher. ChungDahm Learning is a well-established and well-organized education company that has a fully-developed curriculum in place. One simply needs to perform the lesson delivery for the lessons that have been prepared.
Upon arriving to Seoul, I had a week-long training period in which the step by step delivery of the slides I would teach were thoroughly explained. Moreover, many simulations of teaching happened during training. The trainer provided plenty of significant feedback, so felt prepared to begin teaching in a real ChungDahm classroom. After the training period ended, I only had to master how to use/navigate the smart boards, the teacher’s platform and resources, and the methodologies and procedures of executing proper delivery of the lesson plans provided.
In the workplace, I print out all the material necessary for my classes each day. Planning for the day mainly consists of printing and organizing all the material provided on the main server. For example, today I came into work and printed out review, chunk, and vocabulary quizzes. I prepped my books utilizing the lesson plan slideshows in the lesson plan folder of the server. Moreover, I completed grading a few writing notebooks students turned it. Inside every writing notebook, the first few pages are dedicated to breaking down the grading rubric teachers use to grade every type of writing assignment: essay, letter, and story writing.
While lesson planning is arguably the toughest part of teaching, it is a process the Chungdahm teacher can bypass. As a new teacher, this was a huge relief for me. I worried about not developing my lesson planning skill, though. What if later on I needed this skill? Using and learning how the curriculum and lesson plans are at ChungDahm have served as great models of what an effective, organized, and well-thought out pedagogy should be like. If I ever do need to create a lesson plan, I wont be intimidated at all!
Giselle Moreno is from California, USA where she attended the University of California, Riverside. While a student, she always worked with international students and she decided to teach English abroad upon graduating during her third year of university. It was through the experiences of being an English tutor for international students that she felt really fulfilled. She found it particularly easy to get along with Korean students which is why she decided to pursue a teaching opportunity in Korea. She even attended Yonsei University in Seoul for a semester as a study abroad student and fell in love with the city. She is currently working at ChungDahm Learning’s April Daechi branch located in Gangnam, Seoul.