Teacher Life: Contagious Laughter

Most teachers have a soft spot for a particular type of student. Some teachers like the cute, quiet ones; others are drawn to the confident, ambitious ones; some prefer the consistently obedient ones. I’ve realized I have a soft spot for the kids with a sense of humor. I like the kids who know how to […]

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Solo Christmas

Today, like every day, I asked my students, “How are you today?” Although yesterday was Christmas, no one said a word about that. They gave their usual answers: “Happy,” “Hungry,” “Tired and happy,” “Very, very, very, very happy,” and “Angry.” Except one boy. One rambunctious eleven-year-old who occasionally has streaks of uncontrollable laughter that turn […]

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Teacher Life: See You Guys Tomorrow

Yesterday, I finally told my student that he shouldn’t repeat me verbatim when I say goodbye at the end of class. For months, he has been telling me, “See you guys tomorrow,” running off before I can correct him. Glad I finally cleared that one up. (But not glad at the same time. Makes me laugh […]

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Real Life is Better than TV

Sometimes I forget how great real life is. I automatically collapse in front of the TV instead of taking a moment to reflect on all the hilarious, touching, inspiring moments of my day. Like the other day during class when I asked one of my kindergarteners why he had fought with his sister and he […]

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Teacher Life: Getting Laughed at by Five-year-olds is Always Fun

Sometimes I feel really unqualified to be a kindergarten teacher. Like when we are talking about birds and how some birds can’t fly and then I’m suddenly not sure whether penguins can fly or not and I have to double-check with the teacher across the hall. (They can’t, by the way.  I’m pretty sure..) Or […]

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Teacher Life: Special Moments

Tomorrow will mark two weeks since I embarked on this new adventure of being a kindergarten teacher. I am learning SO much about myself.  When you are pushed to your limits, all sorts of strength and creativity come out! Some special moments of the past two weeks: – Spontaneously joining in on the dodgeball game […]

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The Little Things

Things are back to normal here in my day-to-day life in Korea. I’m crying during church services, doing laundry, eating tons of cucumbers (my new addiction), watching a new Korean drama, taking pictures of eating with friends, and writing songs on the keyboard in the corner of my tiny bedroom. It’s the little things in life […]

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Joining a Gym (in Korea)

Last week, I finally joined a gym here in Korea! Best decision ever! I had been telling myself that I didn’t have time to go to the gym, but basically all it took was getting up earlier, and then I found I magically had plenty of time for everything! (Getting to bed early is always […]

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