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Teaching English in Korea for 3+ Years – What’s It Really Like?

Teaching ESL in South Korea for one year - fun and exhilarating. Teaching for two years - interesting and more time to explore things now that you're settled in. Teaching for three years...? During the first six months of teaching English in Korea everything seems like a blur. Everything is new. Everything. The sights, the smells, the flavors, the sounds, the realization … [Read More...]

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Classroom Criminal Justice: Enforce Behavior, Drop the Ax, But Keep It FUN!

Classroom Criminal Justice: Enforce Behavior, Drop the Ax, But Keep It FUN!

Coming into the ESL field later in life presents a challenge for me. Without time on my side, I know I need to get training whenever it's available. I took on … [Read More...]

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Will You Hate Teaching English in Korea?

You haven't been out of America before? Never left your small town or even the safe confines of your parent's home? Take it from me, someone with 4 years in the … [Read More...]

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A Lunar New Year’s Feast for the Homeless in Busan

Back home in Florida I would often volunteer at homeless outreaches that my church supported. There was a large one in Ft. Lauderdale that was jointly supported by the city and our church. Reaching out to those in need or even homeless is a rewarding and … [Read More...]

22 Things To Do in Tokyo, Japan

22 Things To Do in Tokyo, Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62MyzIA8Jh8 I came up with 3 Ps to describe Japan – more specifically, Tokyo. And they are “precise, pristine, and polite”. As a young, fanatical judo guy back in the day I quickly became enamored with Japanese … [Read More...]

Classroom Management: Setting Rules and Expectations for a Smooth Running Year

Classroom Management: Setting Rules and Expectations for a Smooth Running Year

As a public school ESL instructor in South Korea, I know that my requirements and authority level are limited in comparison to my Korean counterpart, or co-teacher. Still, in my situation where I teach half the classes and my co-teacher the other, I'm bearing … [Read More...]

This Is the Kodokan Judo Institute (2015 Tour)

This Is the Kodokan Judo Institute (2015 Tour)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM7Mq8Z_aPE Visiting the Kodokan Judo Institute is something I would recommend for any judo enthusiast. We all know how widespread judo is in Japan, but to be at the birthplace of the sport will bring new value to the art … [Read More...]