|My main co-teacher (far left) and third grade teacher|
- In Korea, students get FREE TIME! They have an hour for lunch. They get to eat and then do whatever they want and are basically unsupervised. They also get 10 minutes between classes and can do what they want as long as they’re not late. I'm impressed that the students don’t seem to abuse the privilege!
- It is a daily routine for students and teachers to brush their teeth after lunch. There is a little pow-wow in the faculty restroom, and the students use trough-like sinks in the hallway. Koreans must have great teeth!
- There is a 20-minute period each day designated for cleaning the classroom. Professional cleaners handle the restrooms and office, but students clean their own classrooms. Three third grade students volunteered to clean my room every day. We have been enjoying brief chats during our time together!
- Let me explain “third grade students.” Korean middle school is equivalent to grades 7th, 8th, and 9th in the US, but they call the students 1st graders, 2nd graders, and 3rd graders.
- The students stay in the same room all day and teachers go to them. Therefore, the teachers have a central workroom where each teacher has a desk (sort of like office cubicles…but without the cubicles). The exception to this routine is me…I have my own classroom called “The English Zone,” so my students come to me.
- The “bell” to signal the change of classes is classical music that plays for about 10 seconds…really nice touch!
|The entrance to my classroom, aka "English Zone."|
|Reading and work area in the back of my classroom.|
|A sort of lounge area in my classroom once you enter.|
|My principal and vice principal belting out a tune.|