“Teacher, This is You!”
Today the wait is over. Three countdowns. Three weeks. Too many days apart! Justin’s English Camp in Jochiwon ends today, and I will be making the journey to meet him there tonight. I am so relieved to be able to see where he has been staying, and meet the people he has been working with. The company he has been working for will take all the teachers out to dinner, and then a Nora-Bang (“singing-room”), to say thank you for all the hard work. I have been invited to join them for the night out. Tomorrow morning, Justin and I will head back to Hanam. We are so relieved that we don’t have to spend anymore weeks apart.
Danial (age 6) and me at OSCS.
In Korea, I am always told “Wow, you have such big eyes”. I hear this a lot, and sometimes I don’t understand why, then I see a picture like this, and I GET IT!!! David Um and I like to joke about “narrow eyes” and “big eyes”. I am sure that some might find this offensive, but I enjoy how light-hearted it is. We are acknowledging the differences between ourselves, and making it into something to laugh about, not something we try not to mention.
I have been enjoying Bible Class every morning at OSCS. We are working through a study guide, and I try to find as many extra materials that I can to help these young kids grasp the principles being taught. It’s not easy trying to explain “salvation” to 6 year olds when they barely know much English. In all honesty, breaking down these bible stories to their simplest forms helps me to see “the point” of them too. I have been showing them short video clips for each miracle Jesus performed. They LOVE it!!
Rolling on the floor laughing. ROFL in it’s truest form!
Jacob “eating” the fish we just made.
Bella is one of the youngest students at OSCS.
Ye Bon proudly shows me her violin.
Oh how I wish I could play a musical instrument.
This is on my LIFE Bucket list ~ Learn to play guitar/ piano!
I have been teaching both lower and upper elementary, and there are major advantages to both. I really enjoy the expressive aspect of teaching younger students, but I can have somewhat decent conversations with the older kids. Scott, pictured above, always tells me interesting facts about Korea. I enjoy chatting with him.
Little Daniel being Korean-cute.
As I mention in a previous post, OSCS is absolutely freezing. We try to keep the doors closed so that some heat can stay in the classrooms because even the hallways are ridiculously cold! Earlier this week, Daniel kept running through the classrooms, so we locked one of the doors. He kept pushing his face against the glass pane of the door, and grunting, while trying to push it open. I took a white board marker and started drawing faces on the glass. Each time I took a photo, and showed it to him, he would start giggling uncontrollably!
Ye Bon, Daniel’s sister, wanted to try it too!
… At least someone is studying! Good Richard!
Odang (fish cake), kimchi, fried ham, stir-fried vegetables, lettuce, and soup.
I have been skipping the rice and bread, but still, it’s hard to monitor what I am eating here.
One of the students, Ria, drew this picture of me on the board. I thought that it was cute that she included my camera, big eyes, high ponytail, and pretty much exactly what I was wearing.
Thankfully, this week has flown by and this afternoon I will be joining Justin in Jochiwon.
We are both extremely happy!!
Have a great weekend!!