There's a million things I need to be doing right now--finishing my edTPA portfolio, reading my novel draft, putting my laundry away, working out, studying Korean...
But I also just received my placement for EPIK, so my excitement takes precedence. With everything all official, I'm happy to announce I'll be teaching in Busan, South Korea! When I originally began applying to EPIK, Busan had been my top choice but I'd heard a lot of rumors about Busan's mid-year intake being quite difficult to guarantee, as they had wanted to phase out of the mid-year pool completely. I was anxious about being placed in a city, so I switched to Daejeon to play it safe. Lo and behold! I got an email a few weeks ago asking if I would be okay with Busan--hypothetically--and then last night was given the official congratulations!
Even if this trip is still two months away, I'm making a packing list now--I'm just REALLY excited, okay?! And besides, some of you might find this list helpful. I've divided my packing notes into warm weather, cold weather, personal care, hobbies, house, and miscellaneous. Between now and my date of departure, I'll routinely update with any changes. Also keep in mind there might be specific items on this list that may not apply to you. For example, I'm putting things under "house" because I know myself: I know I need a few little pieces of home and enjoy decoration. Finally, I know I over-pack at the beginning only to take away items as I get nearer and nearer to my departure, so this list is....er....extensive...and in definitely need of modification.
**Also! Once I'm settled in Korea I'll post a "wish I brought/left-behind" bit, too!
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Pedagogy and Reflection
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