The beginning of a new adventure!

I haven’t posted on here in a while. But, dear reader, I do apologise for this. For you see, I have been undertaking the beginning of a new adventure and it has kept me quite busy. Yes. I have finally begun my teacher training. And it is hard work. I feel as though I am constantly behind, needing to do something, not having enough time to do something or that I should be doing something else more productive than the productive thing that I am currently doing.

But I guess this is preparing me well for the busy life of a teacher. I’ll admit, I had it easy in Korea as a teacher. I didn’t have to do any marking. I didn’t really have to set any massive tests. I didn’t have to attend meetings. So seeing how it really works in the UK in comparison to teaching (ESL teaching, that is) in Korea has been interesting. I am five weeks into my course now and I have loved every minute. I have especially enjoyed the placement at my school. Being back in the classroom again is a great feeling, even if I was only observing most of the time.

So, why am I telling you all this? Well, I plan to keep you as updated as I can with my progress, the realities of taking a PGCE and my life in general as I learn over the next year. I have no doubts that the next 12 months will be among the toughest of my life. As I said above, I already feel like I don’t do enough, and we have only just started.

For anyone reading this and planning on taking a PGCE – it is really difficult. It starts out hard and gets even harder. I feel that, in order to do my work, I have recently been neglecting my general health, friends, girlfriend and wellbeing. That isn’t a good thing. So my solution is to try and take some time for me every weekend because otherwise I am going to burn myself out and that won’t be productive for anyone.

But also know that a PGCE course is a lot of fun too. I have loved learning different teaching methods and classroom activities to use (and even tried a few out with my class that I solo teach at the moment). It is fantastically rewarding to put the time into planning a lesson and having it go well. In fact, it is fantastically rewarding in general.

Taking this course has also made me realise something else – I miss ESL as a career. I think I have mentioned before that I didn’t think I was finished with it and now I know that I am not. I can’t wait for my next opportunity to go and do some ESL teaching. But that adventure will have to wait, for these lesssons aren’t going to plan themselves.

Until next time, dear reader.

Ricky

Looking Back – Autumn in Chambly, Canada

I had the pleasure of spending last autumn in Chambly, Quebec and I absolutely loved it. Below are a few of the pictures I took around that time when I  was cycling around the town. Enjoy

Ricky

Summer Days and Autumn Nights: An Adventure Through Photography

Old Lady Walks Home, Cheongju, South Korea
Old Lady Walks Home, Cheongju, South Korea
A man walks down an empty street, Autumn 2014
A man walks down an empty street, Autumn 2014
Baseball Field, Uam Elementary, 2014
Baseball Field, Uam Elementary, 2014
Kimchi Pots, Cheongju, South Korea
Kimchi Pots, Cheongju, South Korea
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View Over Cheongju, October 2014

 

Salmanori Fusion Performance, Cheongju, South Korea
Salmanori Fusion Performance, Cheongju, South Korea
Salmanori Fusion Performance, Cheongju, South Korea
Salmanori Fusion Performance, Cheongju, South Korea
Salmanori Fusion Performance, Cheongju, South Korea
Salmanori Fusion Performance, Cheongju, South Korea
Fountains, Boeun Jujube Festial, Boeun, South Korea
Fountains, Boeun Jujube Festial, Boeun, South Korea
Boeun, South Korea
Boeun, South Korea
An old sign falls into ruin, Cheongju, South Korea
An old sign falls into ruin, Cheongju, South Korea
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Snow on the rooftops, December 2014

 

Flowers outside my school, Late Autumn 2014
Flowers outside my school, Late Autumn 2014