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Say What?! Episode 2: That’s a Holiday?

Happy Say What?! Wednesday! ^^

Episode 2 in our series highlights national holidays or “Red Days”. Usually when I see job ads for teaching positions online it vaguely says “All national holidays off”. Most people reading the job ad at first glance wouldn’t think twice about that, because it seems standard and straightforward. While the details on national holidays and other random days you get off of work may not be the most important information in the world, it’s something fun to know ahead of time! (Although some teachers may enjoy the surprise days off! I assure you those will still exist. hehe!)

Say What?! Episode 1: Students can’t fail?

There are so many surprises, good and bad, that expats experience whilst living and working abroad. Moving to Korea to teach is a big step, and not something to be taken lightly. Korea is very different from most of our home countries, and it’s important that before you make the decision to come live and work in Korea, you have your expectations set at a reasonable place, that you don’t come expecting it be like America (insert your home country), and that you are flexible, open-minded, and slow to judgement. I think these are the keys to happiness not just in Korea, but any country you choose to reside.

Because Korean Kids Aren't Cute and Life isn't what You Expected

My student back to show off another toy! She said this one costs...

My student back to show off another toy! She said this one costs a bit less than 50 cents USD. It is clay that comes in what’s described as a “gas tank.” I think the Korean is “가스통면발뽐” but not entirely positive. She stretched the clay out quite far! It smelled like lime and didn’t make a mess. Steak Teacher approves one minute of play before class starts.

Biking in Gyeongju, the Best Way to Spend Korean Memorial Day

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, I’ve gotten super busy with social media marketing ever since my new post at Aclipse as International Marketing Assistant. Check out my blog posts here, and follow me on twitter at @arieldrosen for more Korea updates!

Anyway, Thursday was Korean Memorial Day, so everyone got off work! My friends and I decided to travel to Gyeongju to ride bikes and check out some historical sites. Gyeongju was the capital of Silla, an ancient Korean dynasty, (57 BC – 935 AD). There is also an amusement park there! But we’re saving that for another trip. It takes about an hour and half to drive there from Busan, but the drive was beautiful so no worries. Ok, here come the photos!

My students have recently become fascinated with poop....

My students have recently become fascinated with poop. Specifically, me… pooping… They draw pictures of me pooping several times a week. At first, it made me laugh. Now, I don’t know what to think. I hope this a phase they grow out of quickly. Everybody poops, you know.

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!!! :)

I’ll call this a “cake room” or 게익방.

While some foreigners call these places “cake cafes,” I hesitate to do that, as there are no beverages for sale. Instead, I’ll call this a “cake room” or 게익방.

Cake rooms are places in Korea you can go to decorate cakes and cupcakes. They are often one large room adorned wall-to-wall with different sprinkles, garnishes, and frosting. Tables are decorated only with rotating cake stands.

I remember pretty vividly the first time I cheated in school. I...

I remember pretty vividly the first time I cheated in school. I was sitting next to a cute blonde haired, blue eyed boy. He had a feminine name like Ashley, but his name wasn’t Ashley. We were learning about Earth in class. I think it was second grade. Most of the page was coloring and it only had one question. He whispered to me, asking the answer. I said I didn’t know.

He said he’d write “yes” as his answer if I wrote “no.” Even though I was young, I remember thinking he was cute, and that I probably would have done anything he asked. I wrote “no” as my answer. I watched him write “yes” as his answer. We both had shit-eating grins on our faces as we turned in our pages to the teacher.

Teacher's Day in Korea

I remember when I was younger and it was Mother's Day or Father's Day, I would always moan to my mum that it was unfair that parents each had a day, but children didn't get one. She answered that the reason was because every day is children's day, which cut that argument short. But here in Korea, everyone's celebrated on their own particular day.

There's Parents Day, Children's Day and this year I discovered the wonder of Teacher's Day on May 15th. Teacher's Day is the day when students give thanks to the ones that teach them. Apparently lots of middle schools and high schools close after lunch time, so students can go back to their old schools to see the teachers that made an impact on them when they were only a couple of feet high with their hair in pigtails.

It was nice to see all of my old 6th graders around school yesterday, as they ran up to their old homerooms.

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