If you were to ask me what my favorite thing about living in Korea is, I’d say, “My job.” Being a teacher is such an inspiring and rewarding profession, especially when you teach adorable little Korean students who love to learn English and have loved you since the moment you set foot on their school grounds. I could be having the worst morning ever, but my mood will improve instantly once I see my sweet, lovable little students.
I’ve talked about my students on my blog before and even posted some pictures, but I don’t think that’s done their cuteness justice. So I’ve decided to post some videos I’ve taken of them while at school so you can get a better idea of what I mean when I talk about how awesome they are.
One of the most effective ways to teach younger students is with songs. This video is of four 3rd grade students performing a song my co-teacher and I taught them about the days of the week. I think my favorite part has to be when they rub their bellies. So cute!
This 3rd grade boy is one of my favorites. He told me his Korean name once, but I forgot it as soon as he told me his English name: Stefano. I started cracking up when he told me that Stefano is what he chose for his English name– not “John,” not “Matt,” but Stefano. Another reason this boy stands out so much among the rest is because every day, he comes into my office and asks me for a sticker: “May I have a sticker please?” He says it so politely, I can’t say no. This video is of him in action; you’ll hear me try to get him to say something other than a request for a sticker, but he only replies with “What?” and “I don’t know” because he doesn’t know a lot of English, so he’s not sure of what I’m asking.
My students like to come into my classroom during lunchtime and
interrupt my Facebook time hang out. And by “hang out,” I mean play with stuff in my office, make noise, and chase each other around which often results in some sort of headlock. Here is an idea or what lunchtime in my classroom is like:
And there you have it: an idea of how endearing, entertaining, and hilarious my job can be.