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Why I Love Teaching

July 16, 2010

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Believe it or not, but we love teaching. Love it. Teaching in Korea isn’t just a job for us. It’s our careers, and it’s something we’re really passionate about. We teach English in Canada, and we teach English in Korea as well. But it’s hard to explain to people why we like teaching so much, especially since teaching can be such a challenging job. So, Simon decided a year ago or so to start collecting clips of why he loves teaching in Korea so much. He’d walk around the hallways with the camera and get the students just being themselves. Now, finally, we’ve finally put together the clips into a video, and we hope it conveys how fun the students are and why we like teaching so much. Really, interacting with our students is the best part of our jobs, and it’s what makes teaching so enjoyable. Sounds sappy, we know, but this video’s really special to us, and we hope you enjoy it. And, if you’re a teacher as well, we hope you can relate.

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  1. Simon, this is really an amazing video. I spent 6 years in Korea. One in Incheon and the people were so awesome. What you did in this video is remarkable. It touched me deeply. I’m serious! I love you guys.

    2 years ago
  2. What a wonderful video. Brought tears to my eyes. One of my favorite videos you’ve ever done. Sad youtube took it down. I assume because of the boys t shirt, which is hilarious.

    2 years ago
  3. I can’t watch the viedeo from germany :'(((

    4 years ago
  4. This is amazing. The students are lucky to have you as a teacher. Does Martina’s students act like this too? Ir reminds me so much of my middle school days.

    5 years ago
  5. <3 how neat to see kids being themselves! I am currently in college for TESOL and would love to teach in Korea. What age was your favorite to teach?

    5 years ago
  6. I really like this video! It is so encouraging! :)

    5 years ago
  7. That was Exceptionally Wonderful! You two are a gift to these children and it shows in their faces.

    5 years ago
  8. HAHAHAH. i have a monkey fan like the hello kitty one ur student had xD

    5 years ago
  9. This looks like so muck fun! They’re very um, touchy feely? If that’s the right word. Your students are adorable! I bet you miss them :_(

    6 years ago
  10. This looks like so muck fun! They’re very um, touchy feely? If that’s the right word. Your students are adorable! I bet you miss them :_(

    6 years ago
  11. Aww, seems so fun! x3 Great video! Don’t know if you guys will reply, but out of curiosity, how old were your students o:?

    6 years ago
  12. I have always wanted to go to Korea, but now I’m really thinking about teaching over there. Looks like I might be changing my Major :) Thanks guys.

    6 years ago
  13. Mel

    This was such a lovely video. It brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face.
    I did a little bit of English teaching in China and this is making me miss the students so much. It’s great to see them having fun. :)

    6 years ago
  14. What a nice video … =) I really enjoy it

    6 years ago
  15. I wish my students were that cool. I taught at a private high school that was super up tight.

    6 years ago
  16. I just love it! Kids are so happy!!!

    6 years ago
  17. Honestly the kids are great, not always the most behaved or motivated but they are kids and you can change that a bit. The prob that people run into in Korea is with the adults(who pay you) and socially. I have had my share of "horror stories" which would've made me think thrice(more than twice) about coming here and I am in EPIK's public school program. You can have a blast with fresh minds if you are creative though. I'm glad to see someone enjoying themselves with their work.

    6 years ago
  18. Not lame at all! Thanks Vanessa :D

    6 years ago
  19. Love love love this video! It's so nice to see you two enjoy your job so much and adore all your students! Fantastic!

    6 years ago
  20. I don't know of Korea hiring anything but English teachers, and the English teachers must be from a Native English Speaking Country as well. I'm sure that somewhere in Korea there must be French teachers: I'm just not sure how or where.

    6 years ago
  21. Awesome! Thanks Hope :D I can't believe that two year olds like our videos! Ha!

    6 years ago
  22. (cont. from above) I seem to be having a problem with that. Are there any tips you can give me to help me gain the respect that I need to teach properly? Should I back down and agree to whatever is said to me and be a "yesman" ?(which actually I do anyway, I may be to agreeable just to get along). Or be more assertive? OR should I just make this my last year in Korea? I notice you respond to people's comments quite often so I thought I would just ask your opinion about this. I'm really sorry to send such a long comment (with questions mind you) but as of now I don't have any English teacher friends to ask or get their opinion. Keep up the good work and take care!

    6 years ago
    • Jennifer,

      Don't worry about the long comments :D We're cool with them.

      As for our camera, we list our gear in the blogging section of our FAQ: http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/korea-faq

      As for how to get respect to teach properly, I think you might be wording it incorrectly. I'd focus on ways on making yourself more interesting so that the students are interested in your classes and what you're saying, rather than finding some way of making yourself more respectable, so that they pay attention to you out of respect. I think students are more effective when they're interested than when they're respectful, because there are plenty of people that I respect that I wouldn't necessarily want to listen to for an entire class.

      Our main goal as teachers was always to make our classes fun, so that students want to come to them and want to see what they're doing for the class. Apart from that, in Korea, we focus a lot on incorporating pop culture references in our classes. Sounds cheesy, I know, and it's not something we'd be doing a lot of back as teachers in Canada, but in Korea they work quite well, which is why we started doing Kpop videos in the first place :D

      Yeah!

      6 years ago
  23. This is my second year also and I love the children<3; they are totally awesome :D !!!

    6 years ago
  24. I'm glad I found this site and this video. Some of the horror stories were starting to get to me. ^^ Thanks so much!

    6 years ago
  25. Wow! I got goosebumps watching that! Thank you Simon for sharing that.You teach at a PARTY School… must be real fun. Your students and yourself are very lucky!

    6 years ago
  26. OMG i love thiss :D
    korea ftw

    btw does anyone know what the name of the song is?? cause it kicks ass

    6 years ago
    • The song is called "Lizstomania" by Phoenix. It's from their Wolfgang Amadaeus Phoenix album (sp?), and the whole album is really, really good :D

      6 years ago
      • Thank you- i just got the entire album and i love every second of it :D

        6 years ago
  27. Thanks :D

    6 years ago
  28. Thanks Sinem :D

    6 years ago
  29. Wow. Looks like fun~! I want to teach in Korea!!!! Did you use a recruiter?

    6 years ago
  30. I love this! It's really all those little moments that make teaching here such a memorable experience. Thanks for all the videos, and keep up the great work!

    6 years ago
  31. Really nice video, I'd like to teach now ^^

    6 years ago
  32. really cute students…!!

    6 years ago
  33. I love your videos!! This one is the best i've found so far. May I ask what camera are u using? They're amazing!

    6 years ago
  34. whhaaa! amazing this video make me want to be a teacher someday, right now i want to be a translator so im learning spanish, chinese, korean, and japanese :) …. i want to live in asia someday so ur videos help to give me hope for that. did your love for teaching give you the courage to live all the way in Korea?

    p.s. please why is your dog pudgy is it? why is he green? lol

    6 years ago
    • Thanks! We were interested in Korea before we came here, so that's what really drove us to come. As for our dog, he's green because being green is pretty awesome. There's really no better answer than that!

      6 years ago
  35. argh damn it i can't watch the video T___T

    6 years ago
  36. Thanks :D We'll try!

    6 years ago
  37. 당신들이 한국을 더 나은곳으로 만드는 사람이라 생각듭니다. 항상 행복하이소. keep up the good work. and love your videos.

    6 years ago
    • Thanks! I had to look up what you said on Google Translate, and it seems nice, so thanks!

      6 years ago
  38. hahahaha
    i'm Korean middle high school student
    Do we look CRAZY?
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    littlebit? ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹

    7 years ago
  39. The world needs more teachers who care for their students as much as you do. You seem to make a positive impact in their lives.

    Your videos are very charming as well as informative for someone like myself who would like to move to Korea!

    7 years ago
  40. What a great observation! You know, I think that's partly my fault: the girls are usually lots of fun, but point a camera at them and they hide. Kind of like Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. Man, that was such a nerdy comment!

    7 years ago
  41. Great Vid ^^ When you show it it really looks lika a lot of fun, and it makes me wonder what kind of a teacher I would be. I think I understand to some extent what is so great about theaching (although my job is something different than teaching), and why people can love it. If only there was a way… Well, enjoy you time in Korea ^^

    7 years ago
  42. Love the video! makes me want to teach here in Korea!

    7 years ago
  43. Testing this to see if it works

    7 years ago
  44. Testing this to see if it works

    7 years ago
  45. wonderful. I just started teaching yoga to the youth here in Brooklyn. I am staking memories in my head similar. Love it.

    7 years ago
  46. how funny thats vidio. i live in bucheon and high school student :) i think that many foreigner teachers feel boring about korea studnet but my opinion is wrong :) hhh really thank U and i luv Lisztomania!! :)

    7 years ago
  47. Loved the video, I teach at an all girls middle school in Incheon so I can relate. I'm leaving after a year, I can't commit to another one year contract but I am so sad about leaving. These students are great. You did an awesome job capturing the essence of middle school.

    7 years ago
  48. I LOVE that you posted this video. Teaching ESL, especially in Korea, gets such a bad rap from some people that it's pretty heartening to see stuff like this :)

    7 years ago
  49. Thanks everyone! And, yes, we are fans of Air. We haven't used them for a video yet, but want to do so.

    7 years ago
  50. great music for the vid. Enjoyed it, well done simon!

    7 years ago
  51. BTW do you like Air? I love there unique sound and at some point listen to them and nothing else for months before going to bed or waking up.

    7 years ago
  52. My students are the best thing about my job too. The song you played is awesome too. I've looked them up since I want to listen to more good music. Good vid. Hope all is well.

    7 years ago
  53. Glad you're enjoying having such a great time teaching! Here's to another fun-filled year.

    7 years ago