Day 394

Wednesday | March 27th, 2013


So it’s my day off and I should be sleeping but instead I pulled myself up around 07.00 to get into watch some other people teach. I observed two classes today and it was grueling and draining in a way that I can’t really compare to anything else. At the same time though, I know that observing other teachers helps me to be a better teacher, just like showing bad examples of English to my students and helping work through those examples to get to the right formations, pronunciations, and stresses is useful. (The only difference being that I guide myself through this process, whereas my students have me to lean on—something which is very necessary when that learning and synthesis is not based in your native language.)

What I mostly took away from this day is that I’ve been too focused on planning and preparing materials of late. This has caused me to forget some things and be lazy about a few other things. And where I probably was starting to feel bogged down by both the constant weekend planning and prep and while teaching on Monday and Tuesday I didn’t feel satisfied with my approach and results, I feel completely reinvigorated and have a ton of ideas about how to keep driving this bag for another 12 weeks.

The Daily Bullet

Sometime between last night and breaks in observations today, I started knocking these out. It’s all part of Campaign Gyeongju. I went ahead and brought my Flickr gallery back to life to post these.


Daily Report

I didn’t sleep last night. I struggled to write or create a script that would grab an .mp3 from a folder, open it, insert markers in pre-determined places, split the audio file into eleven segments based on those

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Out beyond the fake lake (Bomun) for Christmas Day lunch at a place called the Healing Kitchen. It’s all farms and hilltops here. And roads to more farms and hilltops. Except for the noise from the cars, I

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The Fourth Wall

I’m here and alive. Ten days behind the reality of my written life, yet here and alive. TOEIC is the predominant motif of life from the end of the semester until … today. This is the end, after

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This Old Hanok

When we had the bathroom done, we wanted to design our own window for the part of the wall which straddles the storage space along the side of the house. This way we could have clean airflow through

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