Category Archives: Korean schools

all the fun and mishaps of working in the Korean education system

Lotte World: School Field Trip

If I recall, school field trips stopped after I was in elementary school.  I went on a few educational field trips in high school but those were just for a specific class.  We also went on college campus visits, but … Continue reading

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The School Festival: My Dancing Humiliation

I don’t know how it happened.  I was in the office while the teachers were discussing their plans for the school festival. They were planning a dance routine.  I wasn’t really paying attention because I was being a good and … Continue reading

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A Korean Wedding and Student Art

As far as Korean cities go, Cheonan is not exactly famous.  People know it is home to Independence Hall and walnut cookies but it is probably most famous for the world dance festival. Every year during a weekend in October, … Continue reading

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Impromptu Teacher Lunch

“No one tells me anything.” This is a common complaint I hear from my fellow American teachers.  When important news goes around, people often forget to tell the foreign teacher.  They aren’t told about an important meeting until the last … Continue reading

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Teaching an English Summer Camp

If you thought Korean students received a long, glorious summer break before the fall semester, you thought wrong. Many students sign up for a summer camp.  Different schools have different options.  Some have drama camps, English camps, science camps, and … Continue reading

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Teacher Trip to Buyeo

I had a blast on the last teacher field trip, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up that there would be anymore.  But in honor of the commencement of the first semester, almost all the teachers went on … Continue reading

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5 Korean School Culture Quirks

I could never pretend I am an expert on the Korean public school system but after working in two different schools for a few months, I have noticed some quirks.  These quirks are new for me, as someone whose entire … Continue reading

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