One of the most difficult tasks in teaching and one of the most break-or-make aspects is classroom management. How do you manage to deal with up to 15 bouncing, energetic, elementary students? Or even more difficult, 15 cricket-chirping quiet middle schoolers? We all know that you’re supposed to get the material in their heads but we also know that as much as anyone plans, nothing will go the way you plan. Therefore, how do we manage the class to teach them effectively? Well, there isn’t any one-step-easy method. I do, however, have a lot of tips that I have learned from my experience of teaching in Korea for nearly three years and for three Chungdahm branches. I have learned a lot from my many mentors, and I would like to share what I have learned with you. While some ideas might seem obvious, you would be surprised how difficult it can be. I will also do my best to give the tips, along with solid explanations of each tip. These tips can be separated into three categories: Organization, Professionalism, and Attitude, or, OPA (Gangnam Style)!Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
Hopefully you enjoyed the first part of my blog ChungDahm Teacher Asks Top Questions About Teaching in Korea. Today I will answer some of the other popular questions that I have been asked by candidates who are interested in teaching in Korea for ChungDahm.Read More
Hi! My name is Helen and I’m from Dublin, Ireland. Upon completing my degree in Social Science in 2014 and after a short time working in New York City I decided to make an even bigger move and I set my sights on teaching in Korea. Teaching with Chungdahm was an easy decision for me as they are a large company with many openings and offer different levels of teaching to suit everyone's needs. After applying through Aclipse I was selected to work in Seocho Banpo i-Garten starting in February 2015.
After one year of teaching in this branch and living in Gangnam, a district directly South of the river in Seoul. I knew I had made the right decision to teach with ChungDahm and as I result I recently committed to teach for one more year. This blog will focus on the many reasons I decide to stay.Read More
Hi, my name is Sean Netzel and I am writing this blog to tell why you I not only decided to teach in Korea, but also have decided to stay in Korea since.Read More
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." ― Paulo Coelho
Having come from a difficult job, organizing and managing children’s mental health treatment, I was pretty well shaken up. It was a very stressful job, and I had low self-esteem because of it. I felt as though nothing I could do would be good enough, and my direction in life was uncertain. I needed a different perspective. I considered joining the military, but decided against it because of the intense environment, and long contract. I did know however that I wanted to see the world and I knew that this would be the best time in my life to do so. Deciding to, and traveling to teach in Korea, I had a great number of fears. I was afraid I wouldn’t be successful in my new career, whether I was making a good choice, whether I could be a good teacher or not, and if I would be accepted by my new coworkers. These fears were resolved through time and effort, but I know that a lot of people struggle with them when choosing to move to a foreign country.
Few people out of all the world’s population have the privilege to travel…and exceptionally fewer choose to act on this opportunity or circumstance. My name is Linda Gaida and I'am from Spartanburg, South Carolina, and I graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. After the experiences I had during my undergrad years, traveling to different places in Europe, Asia, and South America, and witnessing varieties of opportunities available to people, I knew three things. First, I wanted to be valuable for others. Second, I wanted to be valuable for myself. And lastly, I wanted to travel or move. As a result I decided to pursue education.Read More
At Chungdahm Learning, Week 1 is where all the magic happens. As a teacher you will know that those first moments are imperative for setting the tone for the rest of the semester. First impressions and introductions go a long way with regards to student management and an active learning environment. The way you handle your students and their behavior on the first day, will go a long way to making your classroom a happy learning environment and your time teaching in Korea a memorable one.Read More
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Teaching English to older kids is difficult at times. Teaching English to five year olds that barely know their native language presents an entirely new challenge. For those future teachers brave enough to embark on this journey then Chungdahm’s i-Garten is the perfect place for you. My name is Cody Hood and I have been teaching in Korea as part of ChungDahm's i-Garten program at the Seocho Bampo Branch for about 10 months now. Believe me when I tell you, I cried just as much as the toddlers did on their first day of school. Past the initial anxiety of crying children, my day-to-day life is seemingly a breeze. This blog’s goal is to give insight on how working in Chungdahm’s innovative new kindergarten has given me the opportunity of a lifetime.
Hi my name is Neil, and this blog will focus on why I have decided to come back to teach in Korea for a third year. Coming to Seoul after growing up in a northern Wisconsin small town is a huge difference. In my home town, the cows almost outnumber the people, and being in my 20’s, it is hard having the majority of the population over age 60, So going back to teach in Korea was a no-brainer. With so much to do and see, I had a strong desire to return to Korea. This time, I know where I am going, and I am excited to begin teaching again at Anyang, Pyeongchon branch, near Seoul, South Korea.Read More
Before you accept a teaching job abroad, you probably wonder what a typical day is like. Most ESL teachers focus on the adventures and the traveling, but what they tend to forget is that most of their time will be spent teaching English. This blog will focus on my experiences teaching in Korea thus far, and in particular what my typical day is like working at ChungDahm.Read More