|two of my darling kindergarten students on our field trip|
|Chris Teacher's Desk|
On M/W/F I teach first and second grade classes until 6:30. Those days definitely feel the longest! On T/Th I teach third, fourth and fifth grade until 6:45. It's amazing how much English these kids can speak after just a few years. I really like teaching elementary age students...if only they didn't talk so much ! (-; Although, I suppose losing my voice for a week did not help much!
Also, I have to give major props to Korean students in general. They have so much homework everyday and jam-packed schedules. Starting in third grade the students usually bring a backpack with roller wheels because all of their books are too heavy to carry. In one of my classes I had my students write about being stressed from school and what changes they would make if they could, etc. It really helped me understand their schedules. Most kids wake up early to study, go to elementary school, then come home and do homework for a couple of hours. After that, Korean students usually go to some type of private academy (hagwon) that focuses on English or Math. Sometimes they don't even get to eat dinner at home because they are at a hagwon. When they finally do get home, they have to do their homework from the hagwon which may take a few hours as well. Then, it's off to bed to start all over again the next day. Although this is not the case for everyone, one of my students told me that her friend doesn't get to bed until 3 A.M. sometimes!
Finally, I forget to explain why I am calling myself Chris Teacher. There are already two other Christine's at LCI. Story of my life (-; I am getting much better at not turning around anytime someone calls the name 'Christine'. Also, I've always wanted a nickname of some sort (Christiney-Beany does not count as I firmly believe a nickname needs to be shorter than the original!) so in the end I think it's win-win for Chris Teacher as well as the students.