Category Archives: Korean schools

Big face, small beauty?

Recently I was going through a box of things I had shipped home from Korea.  Metal chopsticks, cute notebooks, sparkly hair do-dads for my nieces, and this: I can’t remember what it’s called in Korean but I do remember where … Continue reading

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Korea – the gift that keeps on giving

Yesterday I was going through a box in my storage locker, when I stumbled across this pretty little gift box.  During my last few hot, humid, hectic, harried days in Korea, I vaguely remember the lovely gym teacher at my … Continue reading

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The Perks of Living in Ottawa

I have been back in Canada for a little over a year now, and while I am still unconvinced that Ottawa is actually a city (it’s more like a big, friendly town), there are definitely some perks to living here. … Continue reading

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Ping pong or badminton? Both!

I went to my storage locker today.  It’s a bit like having a mini-Christmas; there are surprises in every box!  Granted it’s all mine, and in theory I should remember what’s in there but I don’t.  There are boxes I … Continue reading

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Times they are a-changin’

A month ago, I was in Korea.  It was hellishly hot; I had to climb over a pile of sand and bricks to get to my classroom; the pinatas for our Mexican lesson had imploded over the weekend; my apartment … Continue reading

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Canapé Day

Yesterday, my English Camp students came in with enormous quantities of seemingly unrelated food – baby tomatoes, grapes, processed cheese slices, tuna salad, sesame leaves, strawberry jam, sliced ham, and frozen blueberries.  What was going on? “Ka-na-piss, Carrie-teacher.  Today ka-na-piss … Continue reading

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Speeches, Tears and Goodbyes

This week the first semester finally ended.  The week was marked by the usual end of term events including a whole staff Teachers’ Dinner. My school is so large that usually Teachers’ Dinners are held by grade or subject.   … Continue reading

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Do You Like Apples, Apples?

This week I had what I hope will be my last Open Class.  My co-T is young, sweet and a bit of a loose canon- she doesn’t believe in lesson planning.  Thankfully for what is left of my sanity, extensive … Continue reading

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Sports Day… sort of…

My school is enormous and so we only have Sports Days once every two years.  This year was the lucky year.  The kids were beside themselves, and the teachers were frantic.  Every inch of the school (except inexplicably, the bathrooms) … Continue reading

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Good job on being so terrible!

As an elementary school teacher, I tend to exude sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.  I like things that sparkle, I own a Hello Kitty calculator, and I have markers in every colour of the spectrum.  I like to pretend that all … Continue reading

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