Tag Archives: middle school

Throwback Post – My First Few Weeks in Korea

Writing about my new job and moving to Busan had me reminiscing about when I first came to Korea a year ago. Back during the “Weebly“-blogging days of ramblings and tangents before getting a WordPress blog. I said I would eventually copy all of my Weebly posts over to this site (well, at least the […]

A New Job and a New City

If you asked me 6 months ago whether or not I was going to stay another year in Korea, I would’ve said there was maybe POSSSSSSIBLY a 2% chance. Well okay, I probably would’ve made an obscene, sarcastic remark that involved multiple F-bombs – but you know, along the same lines as “2%”. So it […]

My Life as a Native English Teacher in Korea

Because my life is suuuuper fascinating. And also because even after one year, most of my close friends and family back home STILL don’t know what I do over here in Korea. First of all, I teach at a middle school and I’m called a “Native English Teacher”. I know, it’s confusing. Native as in, […]

10 Things I Wish I Could Teach the Korean Kiddies

Things I WISH I could teach my kids. Not that I haven’t tried (ooooh, how I’ve tried), but some things just can’t be taught. Because you know, cultural differences, language barriers, and just sheer unwillingness to deviate from the norm in Korea. 1. One word: “PLEASE”. To be fair, the Korean version of “please” is […]

A Day in the Life of a Korean Middle Schooler

Most people would define vacation more or less as the given definition above, give or take binge drinking, sleeping in, terrible eating habits, etc.  The Korean definition of “vacation” would probably be more like: 1. an extended period of learning, esp. one spent away from ones usual school or classes.     “he took a […]

News Day’s Resolutions (because New YEAR’s Day doesn’t happen often enough)

So I drunkenly updated my status about 20 minutes past midnight on New Years: I didn’t mean for it to sound as Negative Nancy as it was perceived – after all, I was approximately 1 bottle of soju, a few shots of Jameson and a couple glasses of champagne deep. Honestly, I was more so […]

What Korean Middle Schoolers Are Thankful For

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday – the food, the football, the family time, the mellow-ness, the drinks and again, the food. I have a fairly large family and our Thanksgivings can be described in 3 words: loud, delicious and ridiculous. In a good way, of course – there’s an obscene amount of yelling (my sisters […]

Corporal Punishment in Korean Schools

First day back at school after summer vacation and I’ve already seen 5 students getting hit by their teachers.. Obviously a great start to the semester. I half-jokingly wrote this status on my Facebook a few days ago, somewhat recklessly. I’ve been living in Korea for six months so I suppose I’m a bit used […]