Classroom + Video Footage

I have a video clip of my kindergarten classroom “before” (about 2 changes into it) I got my hands on it.

http://youtu.be/BFvPqBZPJ6g

Also…I’m sure I’ve mentioned this more than a few times, but I really think I want to do this. “This” meaning teaching.  I’ve considered it in the past before, but I like how I’ve been able to test out the waters here with the whole teaching thing BEFORE getting a degree.
I really enjoy the creative, fun, rewarding and crafty parts of the job.  I find myself looking around online for different classroom activities and worksheets…and classroom decorations for hours at a time.  And I enjoy it.  (The only thing is that the pay can be kind of crappy…back in the US.  Probably would have to go for a masters…which also means lots more debt..on a mediocre salary.  Psh.)  I do enjoy it though.
I think Kindergarten would be up my alley because you get more of the crafty stuff, it’s rewarding and I like that age group.  And it’s fun!!  We get to sing and dance and color…and it’s all part of the learning process.  Sure, there are tantrums (one girl had her second meltdown today), but overall, I like the kindergarten classes the best.

Speaking of classroom decorations:
Here–Great Posters and things for the classroom.  LOVE THIS.

Also, the ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ thing is going well.  Still reminding them from time to time, but for the most part it’s getting pretty built in.  Also still working on covering their mouths.  They’re still young, and it’s not as easy to enforce because a sneeze is a split-second thing, but I remind them every time anyway.  And then the other students start practicing their coughs (with covered mouths) after I remind the one student that forgot (or didn’t forget).  It’s cute 😀 haha.
I also bought some anti-bacterial gel stuff to class.  The kids like it and it helps me make sure they keep clean hands (most public bathrooms don’t have soap here…).  I have them use it fairly often.  HOWEVER, it’s a pain in the butt because when I looked for it at the store, they had TWO kinds.  Two brands.  One had a small and a large and the other was just large.  Crazy when you think about how prevalent it is back in the US.

Either way, my students WILL cover their mouths to sneeze and cough by the time I’m done with them.  lol.  It’ll be second nature like it is to me.  You are welcome.  😛

ALSO, I was given this link on learning the Korean language.  Love it.
http://ryanestradadotcom.tumblr.com/post/20461267965

Note:
If you have any inspirational classroom/learning/reading quotes that are good for the younger crowd, feel free to send them my way.
I also really like these:
“You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.”
-Christopher Robin

and

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2 thoughts on “Classroom + Video Footage

  1. Wow, your experience is a bit different than mine, but I live in a massive city. Most bathrooms don’t have toilet paper (bring your own) but I’ve never been in a bathroom that didn’t have some kind of soap in there. And while there isn’t a massive selection of hand sanitizer here, there’s a few brands. I got a bit overzealous with it after I got sick early on in my trip. Another teacher had told me she had gotten sick once every two weeks or so, and I definitely wanted to avoid that.

    I’ve also never encountered anyone who thought germs came from foreigners. In fact, I was told I got sick because I was used to different germs than the Korean ones. But Korea hasn’t been a modern country for very long, so I’m sure some places, especially in smaller cities aren’t totally caught up.

  2. I think I’m actually going to delete that part because I heard the information secondhand. But yeah, 2 kinds of hand sanitizers. I’ve also seen people coughing and sneezing into the air. Sure, there are people who do cover their mouths, but I’m going to guarantee that my students do the latter.
    I’m in Daejeon, and it’s smaller than Seoul, definitely, but it’s not like a farm town or anything..
    Maybe it does take awhile to trickle down.

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