As I mentioned in the last post, teaching here is way different than what I have experienced before. And beyond the different views of education that I talked about, just getting used to teaching 6 hours in a row is another adjustment. Well, we get five minute breaks between hour long classes (just long enough to make coffee). But six hours of teaching kind of flew by today, whereas even ten minutes of teaching I found nerve-wracking a couple years ago. Also, this doesn’t really amount to an hour of teaching, as just checking homework and class time as well.
Still, our working hours are supposed to be 2:00pm until 10pm, but I have to stay later most nights to feel relatively organized. The American teachers usually leave earlier, although the Korean teachers stay well after me every night. At any rate, most classes are starting to grow on me, and I can remember most students’ names in my 12 classes. The wild classes are a lot more tolerable now that I can get a feel for what motivates different classes (whether its stamps, stickers, getting to sit by their friends, getting to do a game). Here our some pictures of my workplace and students, and there are captions for each picture if you hold the mouse over it.