As I finished class on Friday here in Korea, I asked my fifth-grade student what she would be doing this weekend. She answered, “Studying!” “Oh,” I said, “well, make sure you get plenty of rest and get some exercise!” “I can’t. I have to study.” Another friend who has completed high school, told me that […]
It takes a conscious effort to stop running. To pause and look inward. To learn that everything you need, you already have.
I’m a teacher, but I’m not a perfect teacher. But, oh how I love my students! This week I had the privilege of teaching students from Korea, Columbia, Japan, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Brazil. It’s pretty hard to juggle cultures, personalities, grammar rules, school policies, and my perceptions and skills. So, I drop the ball. […]
On this holiday when we remember the price of war, let it remind us of the value of peace.
I have to admit, my ego often gets the best of me. I usually think “I’m all that!” (Just ask anyone close to me and they’ll concur.) So, when you’re a card-carrying egotist, it’s hard to accept when “I’m NOT all that”, and what initially seems worse, that I need help. Here’s what I mean… […]
Change your lesson plan. Renumber your objectives for the day and make number one: Love your students. I’ve taught English to students in the US, Korea and Saudi Arabia. One thing’s for sure. You can’t always teach your students what you want to teach them. Or what you think you’re supposed to teach them. You […]
Walking around on the streets of Denver, I’m in awe of our freedoms. I just got back from two months in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Wow, look at that lady walking alone, head uncovered, no abaya, walking a dog!!! A big dog! And over there, people sitting outside. Women sitting outside with men. And on the […]
Delays seem to creep in to fill any open time in a schedule! After getting a VISA number from my employer in Korea, I sent my documents to the San Francisco Korean consulate: passport, 2 more passport photos, and a couple more forms. I received my passport with my E2 visa for 13 months on […]
Wow! It has been so fun discovering ways to use audio and video in my classes. If you think about how we learned our language, you have to confess it wasn’t from studying grammar. Instead it was just hours and hours of input in the form of direct experience with people. Video and audio are […]