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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.

    5 years ago
  2. (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!

    9 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!

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

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

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

    9 years ago
  6. 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.

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

    9 years ago
  8. OMG i love thiss :D
    korea ftw

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

    9 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

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

        9 years ago
  9. Thanks :D

    9 years ago
  10. 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!

    9 years ago
  11. Not lame at all! Thanks Vanessa :D

    9 years ago
  12. 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.

    9 years ago
  13. I really like this video! It is so encouraging! :)

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

    8 years ago
  15. <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?

    8 years ago
  16. 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.

    7 years ago
  17. 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.

    5 years ago
  18. I can’t watch the viedeo from germany :'(((

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

    8 years ago
  20. 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 :_(

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

    9 years ago
  22. I just love it! Kids are so happy!!!

    9 years ago
  23. What a nice video … =) I really enjoy it

    9 years ago
  24. 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. :)

    9 years ago
  25. 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 :_(

    8 years ago
  26. 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:?

    8 years ago
  27. 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.

    8 years ago
  28. Thanks Sinem :D

    9 years ago
  29. Testing this to see if it works

    9 years ago
  30. Testing this to see if it works

    9 years ago
  31. Love the video! makes me want to teach here in Korea!

    9 years ago
  32. 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 ^^

    9 years ago
  33. 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!

    9 years ago
  34. 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!

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

    9 years ago
  36. 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!! :)

    9 years ago
  37. 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.

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

    9 years ago
  39. 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.

    9 years ago
  40. great music for the vid. Enjoyed it, well done simon!

    9 years ago