Teacher, can I speak Korean?

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Its Saturday and I have just had the longest sleep in ever. This week has gone so fast! It has been so stressful but an enjoyable week. I think I’m finally getting to grips with the schools curriculum, which is great I was starring to feel like I would never begin to understand it.

I feel like I’ve experienced so much this week. This week has definitely had its ups and downs but I think I’m finally feeling like I’m settling in. It’ll take more than a week I know that, but I feel I’m finally getting my body clock switched to Korean time. I’m eating more. (when I’m stressed, I don’t feel like eating) and I’m starting to feel tired which means I now know when to let my body rest. These sound so simple, but sometimes when you’re stressed you forget to take care of your body. There has been so much going in this week and my brain doesn’t know how to handle it.

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The food was amazing, but VERY spicy. Every day all the teachers order food for break time, i cant remember the name of what this was.Then one of the Korean teachers gave me one of these fruit drinks. She said it was healthy, I don’t know but it was nice!

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Teaching is going really well. ^^

Yesterday was such a long day, I woke up at 6:45, and one of the Korean teachers came to pick me up at 8:15 because we were taking a trip to a nearby city to visit a hospital. I had to get my medical check done so that I could apply for an alien registration card in Korea. Then I can open a bank account. I was so nervous, it was a full medical check, bloods and urine samples for drug testing too. I don’t like having my blood taken, but yesterday I didn’t even feel it.

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After visiting the hospital, we drove back. The drivers here are crazy, they just don’t look before they turn. It seems like all the drivers here are rushing to get somewhere fast. The seem very impatient. Also, they drive on the opposite side to England, its very disorientating at first.

When we got back we had a teachers lunch at a noodle restaurant. They tasted so good and they were so filling. The portions sizes are so large here. I think mine cost around 5000 won which is really cheap. šŸ™‚ I was so surprised when it came to the table. They give you rice too? As well as noodles? I got the noodles in chicken broth. During the meal it certainly challenged my chopstick abilities. I thought I was really good with using chopsticks, but not with these noodles. I can’t wait to go back and have these again. šŸ™‚

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After the work meeting, we had a workshop session then I had five lessons to teach. This week has been so challenging, but I think I will become more relaxed as the weeks go on.

The children in my classes are super adorable. Most of them work really hard and are well behaved in lessons. In class my school practice’s a NO KOREAN POLICY. If they speak Korean in lessons I have to take 3 stickers off them. The stickers add up then at the end of term the school had like a system where they can buy different things with the stickers. A lot of the time the students know that they shouldn’t speak Korean, if they need to speak Korean for any reason they say to me, teacher, can I speak Korean? They can earn stickers through good homework, and good work in lessons. The lessons finish at 50 mins past the hour and at 47 we do sticker time. So they bring their sheets that have little square boxes on them and I write H for Hannah. Some student earn 2 stickers per lesson, some earn 20. It all depends on their work and progress. I think its a great system for the younger students because they know they’re going to get a great prize for all of these stickers, therefore they work harder and they definitely deliver the results.

I’m going to make sure I catch up on my sleep this weekend so I will be fully charged to take on next week! Hope you have a great weekend. šŸ™‚

– Hannah

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