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Kiwi in Korea 9 - home, High School and Fashion shows

Gah, I'm still conflicted.  I have changed K's ticket and she goes home in a couple of weeks.  I felt sick - I feel sick sending her off by herself (though she swears she will be okay) and I feel sick at thought of letting my High School down.   I have a hugh amount of respect for the teachers and the students there and apart from severe bouts of homesickness (which you have witnessed) I like teaching there. 

Here are some photos of one of my classes.   These photos will go on the High School website so I don't feel bad putting them on here but I have made this fans and friends only.  This class is the lowest Grade one class and it is considered one of the hardest to teach but I really like them, they are sweet (and hardcore, they keep Korean Stag Beetles as pets and race them).  They have a really nice energy to work with.  Anyhuu this week we had a Fantastic Fashion Show where they had 20 minutes to make clothes out of newspaper in teams and dress a model and have a commentator explain what they were wearing in English. 

The toughest part of teaching is coming up with activities that are engaging.  I spend a lot of time on the net looking - thankfully there is a hugh online community of esl/efl teachers sharing their ideas.

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I remember doing stuff like this in primary school!!!
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That's a cute idea. My sister was a Spanish teacher and then an ESL and then bilingual ed teacher. She had to teach kids from all over the world when they came to the high school. She's having a party this weekend and some of her alum from 25 years ago will attend! One Syrian boy who came to the US penniless has done really well for himself and he always fusses over my sister...the parents didn't come over, but sent the kids here one by one. My sister not only helped the family in class but took the kids shopping etc. Being a teacher is a wonderful thing.
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Man I can not wait.. I know it will be challanging and rewarding to teach
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looks like it's a fun class
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What a great idea! I'll bet the students never had this much fun at school before. They're going to miss you....
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They did a great job making costumes out of newspaper in such a short time period!
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You have creative students. In 20 minutes, they even had a Nike bag, haha ... how cute =)
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a NIKE bag? =) hehee... very creative, these kids! oh wow, so your daughter is going home. well, the decision is made. don't feel bad. you're doing the best you can, to try to accommodate to everyone...
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What talented pupils -they look super smart in their newspaper outfit's They obviously enjoyed your lesson.I am really surprised that this is the lowest class it's amazing what kids can achieve with the right teacher and input.:)
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what a creative idea... =) that's awesome... they did great too... sounds like fun... hehee...
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That's a fun and creative way to use English! When my cousin was in high school Spanish, the teacher broke the class up into small groups (about 4-5) and had them do a TV news show in Spanish (a couple of news anchors, a sports reported, a weatherman....). They actually videotaped it. It was a huge success and the kids had a blast!
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That's a cool thing to do with the kids .. stir their creativity and practice English at the same time !!! Looks like they enjoyed it too!! ^^
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It's great to get kids engaged in creative learning. I think I did have fun with newspapers during school days .. or ya..fashion show too.
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Looks like everyone had a great time!
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I'm sure Kahurangi will be okay. She's your kid isn't she? :) As a Mum of course you will worry no matter what. It sounds like it'll be tough for you to leave the school but you still have to do what's best for you right now and you can always come back. The fashion show must've been such a fun activity for the students :)
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wow, was the fashion show your idea? this must have been so much fun for them, and i love the pix (: i never did anything that cool except sometimes when i taught the younger kids. this is inspiring.
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btw, they did wonders with the newspapers!
over 12 years ago
Mark moran in spokane 920x920
homesickness is hard, but for me I tackle it (psychologically, at least) by thinking that I haven't really left home. I mean ... where is one's home? When you're a baby your home is in your crip or in the arms of your parents. When you are separated from those things you become upset. When you are a child your home is your house. It is your sanctuary of safety and comfort. When you are a student, your home is your frends and your schoolmates. It is through the social interaction and close connections that you forge those bonds. When you are an adult, your home is your town. It is the village that raised you and the place where you have created your life. But beyond that, your home is more than that. If the definition of your home can grow as your do, then why limit it to just your house, friends, town, region or country? If we consider that we are all global citizens, then the true home that we all inhabit is this big blue marble that rolls it's merry way through space around the sun. All of humanity are our brothers and sisters. All countries, cities, towns, villages and houses are a place we can call "home", if we so choose. As the saying goes, "home is where the heart is". But if your heart can be freed to love all places and all peoples, then you are never far from home and are always in the company of good people who care. Kahurangi will be fine. She comes from good stock. ;-)
over 12 years ago
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Aw the kids look and sound like a lot of fun, I like the stag beetle races they have.
over 12 years ago
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Kahurangi is a tough young lady, she'll do better than you think. It's a hard decision you had to do, but you've done well. The activities with the kids look fun, can I join in?!, why was english never that fun for us?! My best part was activity invention, it was the rest I struggled with for my TEFL.
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Sorry to hear you're in such a predicament. Is there someone who could maybe help you look after your daughter?
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First of all, 20 minutes! Amazing results. Very cool lesson idea. Good on you. Second, I've been out of the loop a bit, are you leaving Korea? Mark mentioned you will be coming to HK next week, but I leave on the 11th for Uganda. Drats. Be well.
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