Monday, March 5
Today was the first day of classes for the school year. I got a schedule at the end of the day on Friday and on that schedule it said I teach 5th grade on Mondays. Even though neither of my new co-teachers had spoken to me directly, I assumed that’s what I’d be doing today.
When I got to class, my co-teacher explained that she forgot to tell me that she was going to be teaching alone this week. As I was walking back to the office I just had to shrug my shoulders and laugh. That’s how life as an English teacher goes here.
I have spent the rest of the day doing what we guest English teachers in Korea like to call “desk warming.” I actually had a bit of work to be done at my desk so it wasn’t so bad, but it’ll definitely be an interesting week as I’ve just learned that my schedule is being changed yet again.
Today’s photo is just something I spotted after lunch. Apparently the back of my school is where desks go to die.
Today is the first day of the school year. The first day last year was a crazy day. First, all of the new teachers were introduced to the entire school through the morning TV announcements. Later, I was introduced to an auditorium full of parents. In both situations I had no idea what was being said. I just waited until I thought the principal was done talking about me and bowed. The actual opening ceremony was outside and I was asked to hand balloons to the 6th graders (who would later pass them on to the new 1st grade students). I was given a giant bundle of balloons and had to pass them out, one by one. I was terrified of accidentally losing one or all of my balloons and was passing them out slower than they liked. I knew this because about 3 teachers rushed over to help me. I was proud of myself. I only lost one balloon.
Today’s events were much more relaxed for me because it’s my second year and I no longer qualify as a “new teacher.” Also, the opening ceremony was indoors and didn’t involve any balloons (thank goodness!). The school’s auditorium was full of 6th graders, 1st graders and the parents of the 1st graders. One of the mothers that attended my summer and winter camps was so excited to see me. She came up, shook my hand and said, “Long time no see!” It was cute. I really like her.
I’m not really sure what the opening ceremony consisted of. The 6th grade students each escorted a 1st grade student into the auditorium. Later, each 1st grade student was called to the stage and they were given some sort of necklace and a hat. It was really difficult for me to see because the auditorium was full of proud parents with their cameras at the ready. JuHye and I sneaked out a bit early, but I did manage to snap a few pics.
Here are a few of my 6th grade girls.
They were too amused by my iPhone to pose for the picture.
Some of the 1st graders at the ceremony.
Also in the picture are my principal and new co-teacher.
I have to wear indoor shoes at school. When we have events, the parents are allowed to wear their outdoor shoes, but the school provides little booties for everyone to slip over their shoes. I found these little girls to be extra adorable in their booties.