Sill not quite use to the working environment yet, I feel like I have no actual point of reference and I would very much like some. My co-teachers have all been super nice, they don’t actually do co-teaching, at lest not in the sense that EPIK has been telling us. This week one of the co-teacher is sick and will be away for the entire week, so I am pretty much alone for all my grade 1 highschool classes (some I am not really looking forward to…). The lower levels aren’t exactly easy to teach. I’ve been telling them about the English only rule, and giving them an opportunity to brainstorm some more classroom rules, but one group gave me the rule “teacher should not make students speak English.” um, yes it’s English class, if you were in Korean class I wouldn’t make you speak English. And really, how hard it is to speak English for 50mins? They were mid level and I am sure they have the ability to communicate in English, they just have to put effort into it. Damn kids.
Anyways, last weekend my and another Canadian friend went to a temple nearby call the Bulguksa and Seokguram Grotto. I am not a religious person, but the whole thing is pretty amazing. The intricate details of the structures and the paintings were pretty amazing. It’s funny it kind of reminds me of Taiwan, a little piece of home for me.
My co-teacher (the one that’s in charge of me) has been making me feel welcomed, and giving me a lot of lesson planning ideas. I suppose I am just a little freaked out about being responsible for close to 700 kids. She keeps telling me that what I teach them are not tested and so I shouldn’t feel pressure from that, but I suppose I just like doing my job right, regardless of if or not I love the job. That’s just the type of mentality I was brought up with.
On a happier note, I found Skinfood, Tony Moly, Holika Holika, Innis Free, The Face Shop…etc etc. It’s GREAT! I love having access to this much skin care brands and so cheap!! WOOT!! I miss Asia. I also love how eating out is almost cheaper than cooking at home, it’s pretty crazy how much fruit costs here. I can’t bring myself to buy any fruits!!! It’s pretty insane.
I have been going out almost every night, which is not something that I am use to. I only had Sunday to myself, and I totally needed that. Good news is my co-teacher is fairly health concious and has invited me to go exercising with her. Apparently yoga classes are $100 for a whole month, 5 classes a week, SO FUCKING CHEAP!! I thought she meant $100 for for one week, it’s pretty damn amazing. I’ve always wanted to try yoga.
I think that’s about as much update as I can give. Don’t know what’s going to happen this weekend. I really hope I get my ARC soon, it’s taking so damn long…