After laying out our "first day of school" outfit and our leather patent shoes last night, Austin and I survived our first days of school as Elementary School teachers and even have a few funny stories to document. But first, here is a run-down of our days:
Austin: At 9 am in the morning, Austin was the guest of honor at a school-wide assembly in the gym. He had to give an introduction speech and broadcast himself to the whole school. At 9:50 he sat in the "teachers meeting" = eating apples and drinking green tea! From then to 11:50 he sat in HIS OWN classroom on HIS OWN computer and did nothing. After the 11:50 class he had lunch consisting of: rice, some kind of soup, cold noodles, kimchi, and hard egg casserole (?). From then until 3:30 he, again, did nothing. Then, until the end of the day (at 4:40) his Korean co-teacher gave him a lesson in Hangul (the Korean language).
Lauren: At 9 am in the morning, I had to report to the "broadcasting room" and sit behind a wanna-be news anchor set to introduce myself to the whole school over the school-wide broadcasting network. From 10-1, I had 3 back-to-back classes of 5th graders where I shared my Powerpoint on my life, family and hobbies. My lunch consisted of: rice, some kind of soup, sweet and sour fish, leaves with anchovies in them and kimchi. [Note: we no longer feel bad for American Schools' Cafeteria Food] Since Koreans do not use knives and I was having a hard time cutting up my sweet and sour fish, I asked my co-teacher (Young Jin) how to cut my food. He, then, leaned across the table and started cutting all of my food for me with his chopsticks! After lunch, my co-teacher and I had two more classes followed by reading a book for an hour.
Funny things said today by our kids:
little girl to Lauren about Austin's picture:
"He has a lot of hair on his face. Is he your grandpa?"
little boy to Austin:
"Do you like your wife?"
little girls about picture of Ella:
[giggling among girls]
Lauren: "What are you laughing at?"
Little girl: "She wants to eat your dog!"
Lauren: (wants to punch them in the face)
little boys to Lauren:
"How much do you weigh?"
little boy in the stairwell to Austin:
"You look like OBAMA!"
little boy in the hall to Austin:
"You look like BRAD PITT!"
We are now taking a vote on which one YOU think Austin looks like...please respond with a "comment"
Posted by Lauren at 8:23 PM