Teaching: Standing in front of fifteen to twenty sets of eyes, saying two to three word sentences, and making the most absurdly large hand motions.
I have officially become, Mikaela Teacher. Here in Korea the title “teacher” always follows the persons name. I am Mikaela Teacher, when I need help I ask Hyewon Teacher, and I answer to Head Teacher. I realized that I end up speaking about myself in third person to the students.
“Teacher is from Minnesota, teacher likes to play soccer, teacher has two brothers and one sister, teacher has one dog”, etc…
Hayley said that it won’t be too long before I start talking like that all the time, even amongst other foreigners.
My first day of teaching wasn’t a complete disaster. I lived through it, I didn’t get fired and the kids didn’t eat me alive. That is a successful day I think.
I read many blogs and articles before leaving for Korea, as well as received some advice from teachers who have already been teaching here for several months. The key word that kept popping up everywhere was “Flexibility“.
This is the schedule I was given at the beginning of the week.
I was still in a mild state of confusion. “Be flexible, be flexible, be flexible.”
Flexible: ready capability to adapt to new, different, or changing requirements.
My second day of teaching was a success!
It was a good day. The schedule didn’t change, not once.
I genuinely enjoy my students. Yes, I can tell that there are a few who will cause some problems, and a few with attitude issues, but I am still happy with my kids.
Normally, I am pretty good at remembering names, but remembering 50 different Korean names is quite beyond my mental powers, and so a large part of Friday’s teaching consisted of each student making a name tag with their English name on it. Some already had English names, and others picked names for the first time.
The little kids made name tags and then played a game that helped them practice the phrase “My name is,” while I had the older kids interview each other and introduce one another to the class. I learned a large proportion of my students consider black to be their favorite color (interesting).
A lot of the older kids already have English names, but most of my little kids, in my level 1 class picked names for the first time. I have an adorable little guy who now goes by Chris, and a chubby kid who goes by the name Harold.
Second day teaching, check. Next week is a full week of 22 classes, I think some lesson planning needs to happen this weekend.