My favorite season is here! The weather is cooling down and it’s now acceptable to wear cardigans. As much as I’d love to walk around and see more of Seoul during this beautiful season, the truth is, I work all the time. I do have weekends off… but that require actually getting out of bed and putting on pants. Those are two things I am not a fan of on weekends.
Work has been okay lately. I’m pretty sure I’ll be a lot busier this coming month due to the POLY Debate Competition coming up the first week of November. I currently teach 6 debate classes and I will enter 3 teams into the competition. We’re allowed one team per level so I have to pick 3 students from both my MAG 4-1 & MAG 4-2 classes. MAG 3 doesn’t do competitions. PAS 6 has no interest. So that leaves me with a MAG 4, MAG 5, and PAS 7 team. 9 kids to prepare within a month’s time. We have to prepare 2 topics (pro & con side) per level so it’s a bit more work… but then again, these are topics they have seen before. I’m getting super dramatic in class teaching the kids how write a good intro hahaha. I’m not sure how involved the other debate teachers will be… but I guess I’m automatically a part of it since I teach the most debate classes. Competition is good for me. It keeps me on my toes and it makes me feel like I have a goal to push the kids towards. It may not be a video contest, but it’s a contest and I’ll take what I can get.
Kindergarten has been amazing. I have grown so attached to my little humans. I had a rough start earlier this year because let’s face it, I had NO CLUE what I was doing. I had such high expectations but I forgot that with kindergarten, it’s up to the teacher to help the kids meet those expectations. They don’t just sit quietly right away. They don’t get the routine right away. But that’s okay, because over time, when you least expect it, they will. My class has made so much progress since March. They’re already super smart so I’m pretty lucky. Our next big task is preparing for the Christmas concert. Iris Class will be performing “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” and “Snow Miser.” Every cheesy dance move known to man will be used. I figured, if we’re going to do this, might as well get a few laughs out of it.
Here are some pictures of my babies being cute:
I plan on going home for a week this December. One short, but blissful week. I haven’t been home in over a year and it’s about that time for me to eat 50 banh mis again. All I can see is Walmart is glistening in the distance. Plus, I miss my dog Breakfast!
I’m on the latter half of my contract and now is the time to make that decision. Do I stay or do I go? It’s not fully my decision. Of course, my school has to actually want me to stay. But just looking around to see what else is out there in Korea land.