1. When a good student’s (Colin, left) energy rubs off on a crazy student (right, Andy) and they read comic books in the library during lunch break, while the other kids scream their heads off. 2. Sunny weather and a lunch time stroll around the block. 3. Because after this post, I only have 5Continue reading “Good boys”
Easter came a little late this year. For the kindergarten, anyways. I awkwardly read the slides, created by the Korean teacher, which mixed bunny rabbits, easter egg hunts and Jesus dying and rising again on the third day, amidst the puzzlement of five year olds, “really, teacher?” Usually Korean is forbidden in the classroom, butContinue reading “Friday the 13th Sunday School”
Vocabulary of the day: 1. Put the screen in the bottom of the pot. 2. Put soil in the pot. 3. Make a hole in the soil. 4. Put the plant in the soil. 5. Fill the hole with more soil. 6. Add water. Sing each line like a song. They remember. Magic.
Birthday party on speed this month. Not only singing, candle blowing and cake this time around. A ridiculous, spontaneous presentation on restaurant manners and how to cut with a knife and fork. When you’re five and it’s your first time outside the realm of chopsticks, eating gets a little difficult.
Even though they don’t fully understood, most of them showed up to kindergarten in green, hoping to pinch someone else who had forgotten. When they asked me why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I had to fight off my immediate response, “so we can drink green beer,” and instead went with some line about chasingContinue reading “Rise of the leprechauns”
The state of the office at the moment directly reflects the state of our minds during the first week of the new school year: Chaotic.
No regular kindy classes this morning, only the welcoming of new students. Songs. Games. Stickers. Best of all, an extended break before the arrival of the elementary students. So choosing one of the eleven chain coffee shops in the surrounding two blocks, I had a date with one of my favorite men: the strange andContinue reading “Extended breaks and Invisible Monsters”
Last day of rehearsal. Last day of last minute touches. If only it were the last day of miscommunications at work. Those are unending and will unfortunately remain so.
Me, white girl, waygook teacher, showing Korean kids how to make kimbop. Who wouldn’t be able to appreciate the irony here.
Mondays are a bad day for remembering things. Today I didn’t remember I was meant to dress up for the graduation pictures. Not that I don’t normally look nice for school, but apparently today was a day inspired by mid-90’s Seattle grunge, coincidentally. Flannel shirt, no shower. Perfectly not perfect. After borrowing scarves and sweatersContinue reading “Graduation Picture Day”