A Note On Teaching and Korean Teachers

From Snow to Sand: B&T Adventures

Spending a significant amount of time working in a Korean school it is easy to quickly lose sight of some of the daily oddities you encounter. You just come to accept them as normal. But here are a few interesting events that really stuck with me.

Every six months to a year schools have a day of open classes where parents are invited to come in and observe their children’s classes during certain periods. This is a day that Korean teachers dread! This was truly driven home for me during the most recent day of open classes. Because I had the period before lunch free, I was heading down to the cafeteria from my fourth floor office with one of my colleagues. As we descended the stairs I could not figure out why she kept pausing at each floor and hopping up on her toes. It quickly became apparent when, during…

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