End of the Semester

My first semester of teaching here in Korea has come to an end.  Man, how time has just flown by!  It was a great first semester full of silly but crazy kids.  In these past 5 months, I’ve been able to learn more about teaching and forming my own techniques and philosophies.  I’ve received great support and advice from my experienced co-teachers as well.   I know there’s a ton more to learn in the months to come.

In May we had Sport’s Day.  It’s one of the biggest (if not the biggest) events at the school each year.  We even had a “practice” day where the students went through all the events and everything.  It’s pretty similar to track and field day back in the states.  For the entire day, the students compete in a series of events, from relay races, to dances, to tug-of-war.  They even had an event where they had to do “missions” and one of the missions was to run around the track with the Native English teacher… yep, that’d be me.. haha.  I was told about 2 minutes before the student ran up to me… nothing like a Korean surprise!

Below is a mash up of videos taken from Sport’s Day.  I haven’t quite figured out how to nicely blend multiple videos into one so it’s a little choppy between each clip!

One of the projects that the 6th graders had to do was to create an event poster or their own holiday.  Here are their designs.

Towards the end of the semester, the Chief English teacher took the rest of us English teacher’s out for dinner.  In the center is the Chief English teacher and the other’s are my co-teacher’s that I work with everyday.  They are a good bunch.

The group of kids lined up are my 5th and 6th grade English Club students.  They are posing with the cards they made for their parent’s for Parent’s Day here in Korea.

On the last day of school, all throughout the day, my students would come into the teacher’s room and bring me little notes.  Most were in Korean but it still brightened my day and made me such a sap.

Now that the semester is over, it’s time for VACATION!  Kyle and I are going to Taiwan with our good friend Katie, where we’ll meet up with an old friend from Spain.  We’ll be spending 11 days exploring all the beauty the country has to offer.  So keep your eyes peeled for a blog on our trip when we return! 🙂

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