Monday, May 31, 2010

Finally posted all my great books unit stuff to ETAB.
'cept the Jeopardy game for tomorrow, which I am about to finish. After like 2 hours.

Phew! It's amazing how long it takes to get things done when I've just downloaded a season of Supernatural and I have leftover cookies...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Half Day, orphanage, Iksan

Outside tonight, it smells like summer and rain.

I first noticed it as I was walking home from the Government Complex bus stop. Vampire Weekend's "Campus" shuffled onto my iPod, and it reminded me that back home in my Real Life (sometimes I really do feel that way...) Smith class of 2010 are almost finished with their first week of post-college life. My housemate Louisa and I went to a Vampire Weekend concert at Smith, in JMG Hall - one of only two concerts I went to in college. We had a lot of fun, especially thanks to the high school students from Northampton High who really, really wanted everyone to know that they knew every word.

I volunteered at the orphanage today for the first time. I went last month to introduce myself, but today I got time with the kids. Yoojin and I worked with the elementary school kids, of which there are 18. And let me tell you -- 18 elementary school kids is a LOT of kids. Especially when they speak zero English. Today's lesson was about 20% learning numbers 1-10 and about 80% being a human jungle gym.

Loved it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

This comparison occurs to me pretty much daily.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Day 1

Lesson of the Day: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Video of the Day: clips from the 1971 and 2005 films, starring Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp, respectively (wild guess which one was a bigger hit with my kids)
Idiom of the day: "rags to riches"

1. Greetings & Pop Quiz (10 minutes)
2. Intro to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl, and reading through handout (7 mins)
3. Explain "rags to riches," and how it relates to C&tCF (3 mins)
4. Watch clip of the 1971 version, about 7 minutes in where we meet his family in their one-room hovel (4 mins)
5. Reading comprehension, reading 3 short paragraphs introducing the house, and answering 6 questions about it. Ss read and write on their own (10 mins), then compare answers with the other 3 students at their tables (2 mins). Then T asks each table to answer one question out loud for the class (8 mins) (total= 20 mins)
6. Watch the same scene (introducing us to Charlie's home and family) in the 2005 version. (5 mins)
7. Announcing our guest teacher for tomorrow, Sarah! (30 seconds ;)

At the end, I told them that they should prepare to be extra cute tomorrow, because our guest Sarah is an elementary school teacher.

Today in the Gyomushil

Things put on my desk today in the teacher's office:

-Mocha cupcake with cinnamon cream frosting (from me, I brought a couple dozen to the office)
-Sweet potato & spice Turkish delight (from a student who went to Turkey)
-Towel (from a student's parents)
-Toothbrush & toothpaste (from the school, as a prize for last Thursday's Sports Day)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Today: Seoul, surprise cupcake pan
Tonight: mocha cupcakes with cinnamon cream frosting (yum)
Tomorrow: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Tuesday: Sarah comes to help me teach day 2 of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Curiouser and Curiouser

Lesson of the Day: Alice in Wonderland
Video of the Day: short clip from "The Matrix," and clips from the 2010 and 1951 "Alice in Wonderland" movies
Lunch: fish soup, beef fried rice, weird lemon (?)cream cake squares, strawberries (yum!)
Wednesday Third Grade Lunch Treat / Topics: Honey & PB cookies with toblerone center / sports day tomorrow, facebook etiquette, differences between teacher culture in America and Korea

First Hour:
1. Introduction to Alice in Wonderland, read through handout on book and author.
2. Watch a very short (30 seconds) clip from the Matrix where Morpheus says Neo "must be feeling a bit like Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole" and talk about how Alice in Wonderland is very often quoted or referenced (my students needed me to define "quote" and "reference").
3. Watch the scene where Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole in each movie, and discuss the differences.
4. Talk about the Mad Hatter, and how some Victorian hatters suffered from illness and madness caused by mercury poisoning.

Second Hour:
1. Reading comprehension: Excerpt from the Mad Hatter and March Hare's tea party.
2. Watch the tea party scene in each movie
3. Compare the films with each other and with the book.
4. Watch the ending to both movies. Which ending do you prefer? Does one make you think Wonderland was a dream more than the other? What makes you think it was real or a dream?

"In that direction," the Cat said, waving its right paw round, "lives a Hatter: and in that direction," waving the other paw, "lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad."
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat. "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be, said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mom's thoughts on Korea...

I've got lots to say, since I haven't updated for quite a while --since a little bit before my folks rolled into town. But before I get to that, let me first post what my mom just said (or wrote, rather, as it's her facebook status) about her impressions of Korea on her last of 10 days visiting here:

"Streets that look like "Blade Runner," a subway system and airport that must have been designed by people who like people, food that is cheap, delicious and exotic, a sexual caste system that reminds me of the 1950's (stewardesses who smile and serve!) mysterious formalities, and coffee shops that don't open til 8am as the customers mostly come in the afternoon..."

Pretty accurate, huh?