It’s always a mistake when I get cocky and write in pen in my lesson plan book. Although it’s gotten a little easier over the years, pacing a lesson is one of the most challenging things for teachers. You have unexpected delays, events, differing abilities among students and difficulty in the material taught.
It’s been almost 2 weeks since the post election shock of learning that Donald Trump will be our next president. As someone said recently, the fact that Trump was even a contender to be commander in chief of the U.S., attests to the fact that our democracy has been broken for some time.
While many who move to South Korea to teach English have some experience teaching, there are many who do not. Understandably, new teachers are nervous about writing a lesson plan. Some schools may require you to write and create your own lesson plans, and others may place you with a co-teacher who will provide the content.
There are two truths I’ve discovered about the teaching profession: you can leave the profession but it will never leave you, and it’s exhausting work. However, these truths are not necessarily self-evident. First, while you may be able to leave teaching (physically), as cheesy as it may sound, the work gets into your heart and soul.
I live on the coast in rural Oregon, and one thing I started to realize after talking to people in my community is that nearly everyone has a side hustle—even my retired dad had a side hustle for years (collecting and re-selling vintage records on EBay) despite the fact that he had a 20+ year career working for a government agency.