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10 things nobody tells you about becoming a foreign teacher

  1. You will call all of your students your “kids”

Most of my students are 19, meaning I’m only a few years older than them. But despite their adult status and our narrow age gap, when talking about my students I always refer to them as my “kids.”

Because they’re your kids, you’ll feel every triumph and failure with them. You’ll be ecstatic when one student passes their driving test or gets accepted into a study abroad program or even when the two kids who’ve been flirting shyly all year finally get together. And then you’ll be crushed when a good student fails a test or doesn’t make the basketball team. Continue reading 10 things nobody tells you about becoming a foreign teacher

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Ghost stories from Guilin

In honor of Halloween and to wrap up our creative writing unit, I had my English writing students create their own ghost stories.

In small groups, they feverishly scribbled about everything from phantom filled elevators and spirits living within photographs to a roommate who either went missing or was seduced by an evil and guileful imp. Continue reading Ghost stories from Guilin