I remember the day I left for Korea like it was yesterday. My stomach was flying with nerves as I began unpacking my bags at the airport. I recall my luggage weighing too much and I was frantically throwing things in and out of my suitcase. At that time, I hadn't traveled much and I knew nothing about teaching and had very little knowledge about Korea and Korean people. Even though I tried to do as much research as possible, no travel book could have prepared me for the journey ahead. Below I offer three tips about things you should do prior to departing to teach in Korea.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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