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About Sherry Ott
Sherry is a long-term traveler, blogger, and photographer who did her CELTA at Teaching House, got a job teaching in Vietnam, and hasn’t stopped moving since. She writes about her around-the-world adventures on Ott’s World and is a co-founder of Meet, Plan, Go!, a website and travel event teaching people how to take their own traveling career break or sabbatical.
Latest posts by Sherry Ott (see all)
- Challenges of a Middle Aged TEFL Teacher - February 29, 2016
- Missing the Old, Embracing the New: A Food Adventure - January 18, 2015
- Overcoming Fear: Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam - October 2, 2014
January 18, 2015 | Sherry Ott
It’s inevitable: at some point living overseas, it’s going to happen. You will miss home. Living overseas can be absolutely …
April 8, 2014 | Sherry Ott 3
I think I have successfully adopted the image of a teacher; I grade with a red pen, I’m often covered in whiteboard marker dust and I lecture my students when they are late. I feel like I have turned into my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Sawyer — minus the frumpy hair bun.
I’ve been teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam now for 5 months and it’s had its ups and downs. It was hard work at first, adjusting to my new role, but it’s been getting easier and easier, the more time I spend in the classroom. However, I’m still rapidly trying to learn the rules of English grammar most days and constantly reading up to stay one step ahead of my students. I wonder if I ever learned any of these grammar rules when I was in school or if it was simply a matter of learning from exposure.
February 24, 2014 | Sherry Ott 5
(A Day in the Life of an English Teacher)
It has only taken three short months for my definition of ‘normal’ to change. Once you live in a foreign culture for a while, you adapt to their definition of normal in order to get by and make it through each day. As I go through a typical day living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, I often wonder what my friends in the US would think – would they think this was normal? I’ll let you decide.