Thursday, November 1, 2012


Since I lost my Kindys *sob* my job has necessitated some changes. Now, instead of being primarily a kindergarten teacher (3 hours a day, five days a week), I am now teaching a wider variety of students. I am choosing to look at this as a positive thing--it diversifies my experience level, making me a more versatile employee. It also gives me the opportunity to teach writing, which is really my jam, if you know me at all.

Before, my schedule looked like this:

And now it looks likes this:

A few, slight changes.
  • My math class became a reading class with the same students. This is a relief because although I enjoyed teaching math, I really didn't feel like my students were learning English.
  • I get more planning time! What a relief! I don't think I will be scrambling as much to get my lesson plans done.
  • I am officially teaching high school students. Korea keeps trying to tell me they are middle school students, but they are 16 so I refuse to accept that they are still in middle school.
  • I am also teaching writing--this means I get to teach elements of writing, like topic sentences, identifying parts of sentences, brainstorming, outlining, proper construction of an essay, etc. This is all the stuff I live for!
Although I actually had to hold back a sob today when one of the kindergartners asked me where my students were today and then cruelly started shouting their names through the hallway, I think this will be good for me. I don't have the patient personality of The Canadian. And I haven't worked with high school students in a long time. And I'll get to sleep in later and since winter is coming, I want to spend as much time under the covers as possible. So I will keep telling myself this is a good thing, even if I am quite anxious about this change. The only thing I can do is try, right?



  1. This is a very interesting blog! I'm in education as well!!

  2. These kids must have really long school days if you're there until 9pm (I do not envy them).

    1. That's Korea--the kids go to a full day of public school and then spend the rest of their day at hagwon, or Korean private schools, depending on how wealthy their parents are. I know some of my students come to my hagwon, then to a piano hagwon, and then to private tutoring, which puts them at home around 8 at night, and they're in the 4th grade! My high-schoolers generally stay until 9:30 and then stay up to do all their homework until around midnight.

      It's insanity! And sadly, explains why Korea has such a high suicide rate.

  3. That is amazing, I really respect you for doing what you love to do. I was holding you back.