Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sleepover Middle School Camp - Day 4

Sleepover Middle School Camp - Day 4

I thought it was Friday ALL DAY TODAY until a Korean teacher pulled my coat and told me it was Saturday. I did not believe her. An entire day has been lost. I would have sworn up and down that today was Friday. How the hell do you lose an entire day?

Today Rachel and I taught the same lesson seven times. SEVEN TIMES. We reviewed the new vocabulary, did the powerpoint activity, had the kids dress up in wigs and clothes and walk the runway taking pictures of them AND then played the vocab review relay game. IN 45 minutes. Seven DAMN TIMES. Oh. My. God. By the 7th time, I was seeing double triple and quadruple. I could not even remember my first name and the coffee I drank was laughing at me.

After dinner, we had the mini olympics in the sauna-hot gym for two hours before the Korean and foreign teachers met up to eat chicken and drink beer. Tomorrow my roomie leaves to go back to her town for her own camp Monday morning. I am sad to see her go. She is a very nice person and barely snored. LOL.

I took tons of pics but will not be able to post them until I get back home to my little quiet apartment with tons of time on my hands.

I am going to sleep now and will get ready to repeat Lesson 3 seven times tomorrow. Wish me luck.
This camp is kicking my @ss. LOL.

Oh, and I LOVE my homeroom kiddies. They are sweethearts.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sleepover Middle School Camp - Day 3

Sleepover Middle School Camp - Day 3

My legs are sore. My fingers are numb and my eyes are blurry. I have not sweated this much since God knows when. Our daily schedule is so intense it is mind boggling. We meet with our homeroom students at 8:20 am and then start classes at 8:55. We teach the same class ten times before moving on to the next lesson. After the 5th time of repeating the same lesson, my smile is forced, my underwear is drenched with sweat and I start to forget what I am doing at a specific moment. The heat and humidity is helping to create such a zombie existence.

I took pics of my kids practicing for the talent show. They have decided to do the song "What does the fox say"? My co-teacher, Rachel, and I will make a guest appearance. Last night we had activities in the gym but the humidity was too high for me so I had to come back to the dormitory and catch my breath. Okay, I am gong to sleep now.This body needs some rest. I am pooped.
Good night.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sleepover Middle School Camp - Day 2

Sleepover Middle School Camp - Day 2

It is 6:21 am of Day 2 of Middle-School Sleepover camp at Sehan University in Mokpo. 
Dude, today is the first day of classes and this is already kicking my butt, LOL.
Yesterday was orientation so we all met the kids who are in our homerooms. We did icebreakers to crack through that teenage "shy" block. Each class created a cheer and a poster representing their homeroom. I am teaching fashion/clothing for this camp. My kids are great. Lots of energy and they became comfortable with me and my CT, Rachel, quickly. We also have two Japanese students in our class. We had a the pep rally and our homeroom came in second. Our cheer was very good and incorporated 5 languages in the greeting to create an international feel since we also have our Japanese comrades. 

Today is the first day of class. All of the teachers will  teach the same lesson (different topics) for seven classes and eventually ten times each. It is a grueling schedule but also fun and energetic. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to do something different and learn new things. This will be my first time teaching and interacting with middle school students in this country. No, I am not scared of them. LOL. Although they do have a reputation for being "monsters" I know I can handle any class that has even a little bit of energy. High school kids terrify me because by that time they act jaded and think they know everything.

So...wish me luck today. FIGHTING!