Welcome to Expacked (Issue #67)
As a teacher, especially a teacher in a foreign country, many of us walk into school each day ready to just go through the usual routine. Its easy to forget (or overlook) that each student is an individual and that each has the ability to do amazing things – whether its in English, science or anything else.
Have a look at this short TED video, where a 12 year old is speaking at a conference about how the world needs “childish” thinking.
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
I know Adora Svitak is not a typical student, however, does this help you see YOUR students in a new light?
The 6th Annual Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
Spring arrived just in time for the Spring Flower Festival on the Han River in Seoul. Held April 6th to 18th in Yeouido, this annual event is a must see for anyone in the city. Further details can be found here.
These are the teaching stories making the news this week:
- EPIK Now Hiring for SMOE – Job Interviews have already Started
- Private Cram Schools Suffer Slump on Government Measures
- ‘Hagwon’ Curfew Backsliding
- Teens Drawn to Phones Amid Parental Concerns
- Clearing out Corruption
- What do Korean English Co-teachers do when the Native English Teacher is Sick and Absent from the Classroom?
- Koreans Poor in TOEFL Speaking
- Native English Teacher Found Dead in Suicide
- Jokes: (1) Sink-Showers (2) Before He Was a Hagwon Owner
Feel free to comment on any of the stories and share the any of the interesting ones with friends. Enjoy the read and, of course, have a good laugh at this week’s jokes.
After watching the video above, I would like to set you a one week challenge – what can you learn from your students!
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