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I taught in Korea for a little over two years. During my first year, I worked as a Kindergarten teacher at a small private school. I used a variety of methods and led various activities in order to encourage involvement through positive reinforcement. While reading together, I would ask numerous questions in order to keep students engaged. After books were completed, the students would draw pictures showing their favorite part and would then present them to the class, explaining what was being depicted. This greatly helped in information retention and comprehension.
I taught elementary-aged students my second year. I created a variety of games, worksheets, and activities in order to keep kids motivated and interested in the subject material. Learning should be fun, and I wanted my lessons to reflect this.
While in Korea, I tutored several students. We would often read for a good portion of the class and then answer a series of questions in response to the material. Students could pick which articles and stories they wanted to focus on, and they were expected to answer questions in thoughtful and creative ways. The biggest challenge much of the time was extracting lively responses from shy students. I found that a good way to do this was with patience and a good understanding of the students' personal interests.
I am a life-long artist. This definitely comes in to play when I am teaching. Often my favorite part of the lesson is when we get to work on anything from drawing and painting to collage and sculpture. I attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle for a majority of my undergraduate career and then finished at Evergreen State College in order to pick and choose from a variety of subjects rather than be confined to a studio.
I love working with kids and am eager to see progress.
I taught in Korea for a little over two years. During my first year, I worked as a Kindergarten teacher at a small private school. I used a variety of methods and led various activities in order to encourage involvement through positive reinforcement. While … Read more
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I have been a drawer my entire life. In 1st grade, my principal at Audubon Elementary asked me if I wouldn't mind adding the ABC Book I'd created to the school's library collection. I knew I had a special talent when in 2nd grade, my classmates asked me to draw pictures of bears for them. I won several drawing contests from Reflections in the Lake Washington School District, to The Asian Weekly when I was in High School. During college, I took lots of life-drawing classes, and thoroughly enjoyed the comic-art class I took my third year. I am currently working as a sign-artist at a popular grocery store, and enjoy working on comic books in my free time.
Teaching in South Korea taught me a lot about working with K-6th kids, and what energetic and creative thinkers they can be. I taught at Kim's School in the city of Gwangju during my first year. I worked closely with Mrs. Kim, the program's director, for the entirety of that year. During this time, I was instructed in the school's tried and true methods, but also got to add my own twist in the lessons. It was amazing to me how quickly young students absorb new information, and interpret it in a myriad of ways. We used flash-cards, charades, and games to aid in memorization and understanding.
During my second year, I worked at a 'Hagwan' or English Academy called Storia. Students would attend their regular school, then come for extra classes in order to develop their English comprehension, writing, and speaking skills. During this time, we studied a broad range of subjects.
I lived and worked in Gwangju, South Korea.
I have taken art classes since I was a child, and have attended Cornish College of the Arts where I majored in video and painting. During my second year at Cornish, my classmates chose my painting as the best piece during a group show. I worked at Trader Joe's as a sign artist where I regularly painted murals and larger pieces.