Teaching

Orientation complete!

Orientation was a whirlwind. It felt like we were back in college, but much more busy. We had classes from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. most days. The classes were really good for the most part and made us feel much more prepared.
We had courses in lesson planning, co-teaching, school curriculum, content-based lessons and teaching for different level students, PowerPoint use, etc. We also had some fun classes like Korean history and culture, Taekwondo and survival Korean.
The whole time we had classes, we also were preparing for final day presentations, which meant staying after our evening classes to meet with group members and prepare.
Orientation ended yesterday (Wednesday), and today we headed to our new home for the next year. I’m not telling you where it is yet (insert your outrage here). I realized that if I post where it is, theoretically our students could find this blog and read what I am saying. It’s a REALLY SMALL town, so it’s not like there are a lot of foreign English teachers here. In fact there are three, including me and Matt. So I’ll think through if that’s a big deal or not or whether I should just make this blog private and we’ll see.
In the meantime, here are some pictures from orientation:

We also had to squeeze in some time to unwind. That orientation was grueling!

We also had to squeeze in some time to unwind. That orientation was grueling!

A field trip to the Korean Folk Village.

A field trip to the Korean Folk Village.

Walking a tightrope ain't nothing compared to what this man could do.

Walking a tightrope ain’t nothing compared to what this man could do.

Black belt, here I come.

Black belt, here I come.

Members of Korea's National Taekwondo Team. (and Matt)

Members of Korea’s National Taekwondo Team. (and Matt)

The women in the middle were our orientation group team leaders.

The women in the middle were our orientation group team leaders.

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5 thoughts on “Orientation complete!

  1. So all this effort, and you might have to cease blogging? It might be a good exercise in English lessons, particularly the comment section. 🙂

  2. Love the pictures….I didn’t anticipate the ‘teaching’ part to take as much time, but it all makes sense. Great job getting through and keeping a good attitude! Enjoy!!! Miss you guys

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