First, today’s lunch was absolutely amazing and free. Thank you, tall hat chef who has not in the past year and a half ceased to be amazed at my ability to be simultaneously white and capable of enjoying kimchi. JK, I love you, tall hat chef. Just make that cheesy potato thing again!!!
I arrived at school at 8:00 on the dot, pleased with myself for arriving 20 minutes before the weekly meeting should start. I was then informed that I didn’t even have to be at work until 10:00, a fact which I was expected to magically learn myself without anyone telling me. Whatever, that was fine, plenty of time to clean and reorganize my new desk and start making a PPT.
Eventually the teachers started drifting in and everyone was really nice and friendly to me. Four teachers left and six new ones arrived. The former English teacher who had once called me a liar in Korean, not knowing I could understand her, has been replaced by a new teacher. I actually liked her, despite her having a very low opinion of me (which I can’t understand because we were always chummy and our classes together always went really well.) However, the new English teacher is positively angelic. She is the cutest, most baby-faced Korean probably-lesbian I have ever seen. She is also 23, and there is another Korean teacher who is 22, thereby making me older than two people! I am no longer the youngest person at my school. I want them to call me unni. They are both really adorable. They also both live in my apartment building. I want to hang out with them 24/7.
I no longer teach first grade, which makes me sad, because the first grade students were so smart last semester. I only teach eight classes of second and third grades, so I have 16 teaching hours a week (which ends up being more like 12 if you count the fact that classes are only really 45 minutes long.) I will get to see some first graders, however, in after school classes. I really hate after school classes, and I didn’t have any last semester. This semester, I have 4, and will have to be at work until 6PM on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is because my school has gotten rid of it Saturday classes and moved them all to Tuesday and Thursday.
Speaking of changes, there seem to be a lot of new nation-wide policies for public schools. For example, each homeroom class now has to have two homeroom teachers, to help with bullying and suicide. From what my co-worker told me, bullying isn’t really a problem at our school (no stupid boys) but suicide is, and a significant enough number of our graduates end up killing themselves in high school. So that’s a problem.
The books are the same as last year so I can just re-use all of the lessons that were successful. I only have three classes with my useless co-worker (who has still not shown up to work! It is 1PM! What the heck! How is she not fired for her habitual lateness and also severe inability to speak or understand English?!) so the semester will be bearable. I was hoping for none, but three classes is fine. After school class will suck, but there’s nothing I can do about it. All in all, everything worked out fine. I’m sad that this will have to be my last semester here. ㅠㅠ