Kindergarten

Kindergarten Time…(oh no!)

Is it that time  already? Here at CEV we teach kindergarten students twice a year. It is only for two days, four lessons in total but it always takes it’s toll! I had twelve students in my class, all aged five (Korean age) with no co-teacher! Our classroom and the supplies we have at CEV do not cater for the little darlings so EVERYTHING that is not glued down will get pulled, ripped snapped, broken and chewed. The desks and chairs we have are humongous, getting them to stay in their seats for more than ten minutes is a miracle. Overall I do look forward to teaching the sweet and not so sweet little kindergartners but I also look forward to it ending!!! :)


Community Voluntary Projects

This week at CEV it has not been a regular English Camp schedule.  On Monday and Tuesday we taught kindergarten students for two forty minute periods. It was a little crazy but a lot of fun. I wasn’t really sure what I was doing but I really enjoyed myself. The students are really cute. They didn’t understand the fact I couldn’t understand them speaking Korean. They knew many English nursery rhymes so I spent the lessons singing and dancing with them!

We  spent the remainder of our working week taking part in a variety of community voluntary projects. On Wednesday all of the foreign and Korean staff from CEV went to a  rehabilitation centre  to help out. The women assisted in the kitchen handing out lunch to the service users and the men washed the company vans. I think the women got a better deal as it was minus 4 degrees  outside!


I'm a Rocket, Man!

The Fourth of July is not only the holiday I almost share my Birthday with, but also my favorite summer holiday.  Since you don't get the day off of work for another country's Independence Day, we decided to teach the kids about the Fourth and America. 

While trying to do some planning for the lesson, I was looking at Pinterest for some craft and/or activity ideas and came upon this awesome activity.   It had a lot of things going for it:  it was cute and interesting (+1),  it was easy enough that I didn't have to make them all myself (+5),  it took a lot of time (+10), and it used things I already had either at home or at school so I didn't have to buy anything special for it (+100).  Plus, even after we were all finished and the confetti was cleaned up they wanted to do it all over again (+1000).


Where the Wild Things Are

I love the book Where the Wild Things Are, I have since I was little.  I remember when my Kindergarten teacher read the book to the class, I also remember that I was convinced that it was a book written by her husband since both their last names were Sendak. 

To honor and remember the awesomeness that was Maurice Sendak's literary legacy, I decided yesterday's Current Issue class would be a great way to introduce some of Mr. Sendak's Wild Things to some of my Wild Things.


Teacher Voodoo

I randomly came upon this video the other day, and for someone who teaches both Kindergarten and 2nd grade, this video is like teacher voodoo. 

I mean seriously these kids look like professional actors in comparison to the daily dose of calamity that seems to rule over my class.




 I'm totally planning on trying to introduce the 'blow the answer in your hand' technique tomorrow.  The key word here is trying. 

Now I've been teaching in traditional and non-traditional ways for quite a few years now, but watching these "Whole Brain Teaching" videos made me feel super teacher-y, and also super inspired.  Both the class and the teacher appear to have a great understanding and love of learning, which who doesn't want for their class. 

Happy Birthday to March

This past Friday we celebrated the Birthday of the youngest student at Worwick, Phillip.

Apparently since we're such a small school, once a month we celebrate those who have Birthday's that month with Birthday Cake and Juice Boxes and a little more indulgent lunch, and a nice little photo op.  I know Phillip also got a few gifts from the other students (or more likely from the other students' parents).

Welcome to Kindergarten

Tomorrow rounds out my first week teaching at Worwick and I will say in some ways it's very different from DaeGyo, but in others it's as if nothing has changed.

This time around the class sizes are one of the biggest differences.  This year my largest class is a whopping 5 kids.  Their parents call constantly to critique everything from my handwriting to the types of assignments I give (and yes I am expected to give even my kindergarteners real homework).

my little dragons

With the floods finally over, we have been able to move back to Nonthaburi and school has finally resumed. I am teaching Kindergartners and am so far (mostly) loving it! My kids are at the perfect age where they don't cry or poop their pants anymore, but are still pretty cute (especially when I compare them to my older Korean children) and are learning so much everyday.

Cheerleader Dinosaur Love

You never imagined the words “kindergarten” and ”teacher” would attach themselves to your name, become a part of your identity, appear on your resume beside the unexpected year of 2010.  But you wake up one morning in Korea, draw eyeliner whiskers on your cheeks, and walk into a classroom full of pirates, vampires, and a six-year old cheerleader called Sunny.

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Who sits beside a dinosaur called Thomas.

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First (love) Triangle

My first crush struck in the fourth grade, in Miss Vanderee’s class, on a boy called Steven Costa.  He wasn’t the smartest or the funniest or the most charismatic; I think his part in the class play consisted of doling out props to the lead roles.  But he had dark hair and dark eyes and exuded a quiet sort of energy, in that intriguing makes-you-wonder-what-goes-on-in-his-head kind of way.  

My friend Karley Shraeder liked him too.  Neither of us ever confessed our feelings to the boy, but spent many recess breaks gazing at him from a distance on the field behind the school.  Back then it was okay for two girlfriends to daydream about the same boy.  When your age is still a single digit, stakes of the heart just aren’t as high.

So it is in Cornell Class, where among the flashcards and eraser bits, phonics lessons and lunchtime chopsticks, a triangle has formed.

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