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Goodbyes Part 4: Thursday

Friday, July 15th, 2011

I wasn’t able to write this yesterday because it was a busy day at school. First, second, and fourth period I had class, during third period I observed an open class, during fifth period I helped a student with his American student visa interview, and then during sixth period I cleaned my desk. Then I got home, and my keyboard is currently messed up, and I can’t type the letters “g” or “h,” I can’t type apostrophes, and I can’t use the backspace. At first I didn’t think this would be a problem, because how common are “g” and “h” really? However, if you look at my blog’s subject matter, which is teaching English at Sapgyo High school you realize it gets really annoying really quickly.

Thursdays are always my difficult days. I teach 1.6 (1st grade, very low level – computer track class, co-ed, approximately 25 students) 1st period, and they’re absolutely impossible to deal with. They are single handedly my worst class, and the only class I absolutely dread. However you’d be amazed at what “this is Emily’s last class” will do, and I received a nice surprise when I walked into class and they had written “Emily say goodbye?” on the board and attempted to be somewhat well-behaved.

Class 1.1 (1st grade, very low level, all boys, approximately 30 students) disappointed me. They are normally difficult to deal with as well, but for the most part their hearts are in the right places. Out of all of my classes they probably have the lowest level English, and they’re also incredibly hyper, which is a horrible combination. On Thursday they were very sleepy and tired and not engaged, so I had my co-teacher help me tell them that I know firsthand that it’s difficult studying a foreign language, but they’ll never improve if they sleep, or talk. They need to listen and participate.

I then taught class 1.5 (1st grade, advanced, co-ed, approximately 30 students), which ended up being a pretty normal class. They are a bunch of very bright, good at English first-graders, but I feel that I didn’t have enough time to get to know them.


Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

School hasn’t even started yet, and already my boys are acting strange. I was in the main office printing supplies when I look out into the hallway that contains my advanced and intermediate first grade homerooms. I see five boys, just chilling like they normally do. Suddenly one drops to the floor and starts doing this strange sort of squat-walk. The next boy drops behind him and imitates him. The third boy also squats down but instead of just walking, starts hopping up and down like a frog. The fourth boy also proceeds to squat walk. The fifth boy just stands and waves at me the whole time. This is why students shouldn’t stay at school for 10 – 12 hours a day.