The cool weather finally broke this month, and I was able to shed my winter boots and jacket for my Ghanaian dresses and sandals. I’ve also been able to get to know my school ‘team’ a little better. I like to think of my class and Korean co-teacher as a team. Sometimes I forget as I working, lesson planning and teaching that a lot is expected of my six-year olds as well as my Korean, co-teacher, and that we’re in this together. They are expected to learn English, my Korean co-teacher is expected to nurture them and act as a liaison between myself and the moms, and I am expected to teach them and ensure that they learn. It’s not an easy system in Korea, but I do believe that each of us play our parts and do the very best we can.
Each month we take the students on a field trip. While these excursions exhaust me beyond belief, it’s nice to see my little 6 year olds from behind their little desks and up running around. This month we went to a beautiful park for their school pictures. There’s never a dull moment with Tulip class. On the bus, off the buss, walking through the park, we’re jumping around and doing something—no many things. The kids took some beautiful pictures and were so goofy—the goofiest I’d ever seen them. It was a warm day and a great time to get to know the kids better. Needless to say I was pooped by lunch time and glad that Ms. Kelly—my Korean co-teacher, was able to take over. Ms. Kelly has been wonderful for helping me understand the school system, and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer co teacher! I was honored when she had asked me to attend her birthday party earlier that month.
On a rainy day a couple weeks earlier, some coworkers and I had met up in the trendy area of Honda to celebrate Ms. Kelly’s birthday. It was a good turnout of my coworkers to an adorable Italian pizza joint. The food was amazing and we had some good laughs. It was also a nice time to meet some of the other Korean teachers I had only seen in passing.
After dinner we headed to Karaoke for some late night singing. As usual, I never expect to have as much fun as I have at the Karaoke lounge. This time we went to a super plush ultra modern place with ‘diamonds’ in the couch (lol). We had some singing battles and sang until the oldest teach said he’d had enough and was ready to go home. We said our goodbyes to each other and one of the foreign teachers and I shared a cab home. It was a super fun night and a nice way to spend the weekend. Thanks to Ms. Kelly’s birthday, I was able to get to know my coworkers a little bit better.