Teacher Life: Working Through Conflict

Last week, I saw an ugly side of one of my young students. English name of Brian. He is normally very cute and engaged during class (and I may even subconsciously favor him sometimes..). He just has the kind of attractive personality that makes you want to call on him all the time.

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Teacher Life: Unexplainable Feelings

Yesterday my boss came in to talk to me about one of my students. Apparently this student had gone home and told his mother that I treated him unfairly, only punishing him and no one else. While that was not true, I knew exactly which student my boss was talking about even before she mentioned […]

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The Third Day of a New Thing

This week felt like a new beginning for me. I started running, cooking, and waking up earlier. Life felt very different. I was afraid I was going to feel too tired to keep all this up––that’s my normal excuse for sleeping in, not running, and eating the easiest-fix meals possible––but Monday and Tuesday, I felt great! I […]

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Teacher Life: Taking My Place of Authority

I have never exerted so much authority in my life. Obedience and submission have always come more naturally to me than taking charge. I am good at going with the flow, I’m okay at questioning the flow, but starting the flow? Not so much. When I started teaching kindergarten 2 months ago, being the authority felt very unnatural. I […]

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Today I Cried During a Puppet Show for Kindergarteners

I went on my first field trip with my kindergarteners today. I thought it would just involve keeping kids in line and then zoning out during the little show, but it turned out to be so much more than that. First of all, the Korean puppet show I expected to sleep through turned out to […]

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Arts & Crafts Camp: Releasing Love

Last week, I volunteered at a 3-day Arts and Crafts Camp for girls from Children’s Homes in Seoul. It seemed like a good thing to do, to love on some girls who don’t usually get a lot of one-on-one attention, but I had no idea how much I would be blessed by the experience. There […]

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