Heeeeyyy, been a while, huh?
Or, as my students would say, "Long time no see! Nice to meet you again!"
(For some reason, they avoid saying 'Nice to see you again' no matter how many times I explain it.)
Anyway, it's been so long that the (few) who regularly check this blog have probably wondered if I'd jumped ship on Korea or something. But no, I haven't pulled a Midnight Run. The reality is that, because it was my first Christmas away from home, I made sure to stay busy. I prepared not only for a Christmas Cookie Gathering at my place, but for my brother's visit. He'd arrived in Korea the weekend before Christmas, and I wanted to show him Seoul. Then, just before New Year's, we hopped on a plane to Japan for some snow. (A trip I'll share more about in another post.)
Between Seoul and Japan I had a week of lessons to teach. To be fair--I'd breezed through them. Even if I had to teach Christmas Eve/the day after Christmas, I just played Holiday themed English speaking games with my students for weeks on end. (They had finished their final exams sometime at the end of November, and my co-teachers wanted me to do more cultural lessons anyway.) By the start of New Year's Weekend, I packed my bags and rounded off my brother's Korea trip with my favorite hike in Busan.
Though I'm sure you're wondering how the planning of that all went--after all, I haven't talked about EPIK vacation dates yet.
Pedagogy and Reflection
We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience