There and Back Again: Confessions of an Ex-Expat

Between 2010 and 2014 I left Canada to live and work in Seoul, South Korea. I returned to Canada in 2014 after three months of touring Southeast Asia. Here’s why I’m going back to this part of the world that I can’t get out of my head.

Comic Strips Written by 10-year-old Korean Children

My students never fail to make me laugh. Their brains run off in often mysterious directions. So when it came time to study the classic (but rather dry)¬†Frog and Toad All Year, I turned pictures from the book into comic strip for them to caption. Here’s what they came up with.

Drums and Hanbok: Fourth Grade Students Do a Traditional Korean Performance

It’s always interesting to watch traditional cultural performances, but when it’s kids performing, it’s twice as impressive. These fourth grade students from Seoul really know how to get a crowd riled up.

What Students Are Like Before and After Lunch

Teaching students in Asia is an amazing experience. They’re intelligent, dedicated, and hard working. Until after lunch time, when you’d think a full moon had just risen.

The Vampire State Building: 8 Landmarks My Students Need to Learn

It’s been a week of exploring global landmarks with my students, and it’s definitely time that they understood a few things about the world. For the last time…

They Must Know That You Are Diligent: Getting Sick in Korea

Getting sick is never fun. But it’s especially uncomfortable when you’re working in Korean schools and are don’t really get a chance to take a break. Here’s what it’s like getting sick while teaching in Korea.

Losing Kids

It’s the hardest time of the year.

A Rare Moment of Clarity

Dead silence in the classroom. Two students and a teacher munching on their break time snacks, staring off into space. Stella, who is seven years old, decides to break the silence. “I wish this was just an eating class.” she says. I look over and she’s munching on dried noodles with hot sauce. “We could […]