One of the best times and hardest times as working as a teacher/faculty manager is when I have to do teacher evaluations. As a faculty manager, I am responsible for making sure that my teachers are doing their best whenever they are in front of their classes. This is rewarding and challenging at the same time. It is completely easy to give praise when someone is doing well, however for some it can be difficult when you have to give a poor review. In my experience, most teachers would like to know different techniques so that they can improve. I know I do. In this blog I will offer tips to help you excel in the classroom while teaching in Korea for ChungDahm and in return earn a positive evaluation.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
When you're facing moving to the other side of the world, having tons of questions and concerns is only natural. Your Aclipse recruiter will be able to answer the obvious questions -- pay, hours, living arrangements, et cetera. But even with those answers, you'll have more questions. One of my biggest questions was about safety. Do I need to worry about thieves? What about North Korea? What about my safety as a woman walking down the sidewalk alone and late at night? Here's the low-down on what to expect.
Discipline, classroom management, herding chickens- however you want to look at it, maintaining control of your classroom can be a daunting task. Oh sure, there are those classes that you could swear have been hit with a tranquilizer dart and you long for any interaction whatsoever (talkin' to you, 7pm Birdie!), and others who roll along just beautifully because of good classroom karma. But sometimes, whether it's just one student or the entire gang, a sweet verbal reminder (or twelve) doesn't get the job done, and you need something a smidge more effective. What's a teacher to do? Take the advice of this girl! Teaching middle school for eight years in every school setting imaginable hasn't made me an expert, but darned if I haven't discovered some key points about discipline along the way through multiple epic failures. Learn from my pain! I sure did.
Recently I have been receiving a lot of questions about what it is like to be on camera while you teach English in Korea. Every Chungdahm classroom is equiped with a camera and records the classroom atmosphere. While being on camera was a cause of anxiety for me in the beginning, I now believe that the camera can be a big ally in the classroom.