I got to teach 3rd grade mostly by myself today. Actually, it was pretty easy because them babies got themselves a routine going and they run through all the lessons in the same order and in the same way. It’s pretty easy to know what to do even if you don’t know what your lovely white teacher is saying exactly.
Also, 3rd graders scare easy when you shout. You shout, they shut up. Or in the case of my second class, you can just wait them out. Apparently that age is young enough to want approval, delights in playing “adult” and enforcing rules with their peers, and will easier conform and shape up instead of just being jaded and apathetic. So, my cuties would call out to be quiet to each other and about a minute of me not doing anything would get most of them hushed. Aww, love my little 3rd graders. Also, they can’t talk back yet.
You know it’s spring because every classroom has a wasp. Yes, even the 4th floor windows open sideways and have no screens. So things can just fly right in or out. All the students would point out the wasp or as they like to call it, the “bee” and both would be promptly ignored by the Korean teachers. And no one got stung (yet), so I am sure it’s all fine. After all, this isn’t America where people have allergies to bee stings and take that very seriously.
Also, my co-teacher seemed to give the 3rd graders a coloring lesson, I think. She drew a balloon on the white board and drew lines on it. Coloring properly is essential for an English education.
One of my students told the class her birthday was August 23rd. Yeah, I think I might hate her. She wears glasses and has straight black hair and is Korean too.
One student said his birthday was September 24th. There was some minor misunderstanding about that being Christmas eve. It isn’t, in case you wondered.
Also, books are expensive to mail internationally because they are heavy.
And pizza makes me feel sick. After eating … which might make me feel sick at the smell of pizza in the future. Could be a hard life ahead of me.
But I like shopping at the open market in Nambu. Except when the snack sales lady gives me extra snacks in my bag and I don’t like them. It doesn’t feel awesome getting something free if it is something you don’t want. But I can feed those snacks to my students, they will eat anything.
I totally forgot today was Black Day-or a day that single Koreans eat Chinese black bean sauce noodles.
짜장면 or these noodles are pretty yummy and you can usually get them at any Chinese restaurant in Korea and often as a set for two people with a dish like sweet and sour pork to share.
Jjajangmyeon is pretty cheap too-usually only three or four dollars.
But on April 14th, all the singles who didn’t get candy or chocolate on White Day or Valentine’s Day eat Jjajangmyeon on Black Day.
Actually though, every 14th day of each month is a special “holiday” in Korea with some sort of couples’ gimmick going on. Once I got a rose on Rose Day. That is May 14th. It is going to be my last day of work in South Korea. It is also known as Yellow Day or a day to eat curry.
Who wants to go get some curry for dinner with me? Or give me a rose? ^.~