Topia, my third school in Korea, makes me work harder than my other schools did. I'm not complaining too much, because when we're not on our intensive schedules, I have time to get everything done during work hours. Even though some of the busy work irritates me, it does help the day go by faster.
The students' English level at this school is the highest I've worked with. Yes, there are some kids that will just never get it, but overall they're really good. I didn't know until I started working at Topia that it's one of the top two hogwans in town. Sweet. Job stability!
Summer term is almost over. Just one more week of intensives to go and then back to a more humane schedule. I am very much looking forward to that. Then in September - new term! I was excited for that until I realized that means I'll have different classes. I have grown to LOVE some of my classes this term. There's really only one class that makes me angry, but even they aren't too bad.
One of my favorite kids is one that would barely speak to me at the beginning of the term. Alice. I have since then renamed her Emo Alice. She usually wears an expression that shows how she's soooooo over everything. Then she would smile when I'd pretend to be her. *swoosh hair to the side* "My name is Alice, and I hate everything." She just nods yes. She likes drawing pictures of me on the board. At first they were hideous. Lately, I'm looking much prettier. Also, sometimes she waits for me by the elevators when it's time for our class. She gives me a look, like she's saying "Don't you know what time it is? We have things to do." I think she says it in a monotone voice. She's that kid. Then she links her arm through mine and pulls me towards the class. Sometimes I let her wear my rings in class or play with my hair. Lately she's been repeating certain phrases that I know she got from me. Is that what it's like to have a child? Jaysus!
I have a class with four of the sweetest children ever. They're always so upbeat. They get my jokes. They are super enthusiastic. They have opinions. Nearly every class we have a picnic. They usually bring a bag or two of dry ramyeon, or I get them ice cream. Today I gave them some Cadbury chocolate. They quickly became fans of it. The two boys were trying to split a piece between them, but they dropped it on the floor. They stared at it for maybe three seconds, until one picked it up, dusted it off, bit half of it off, and handed it to the other boy, who didn't hesitate for a moment to eat it. I like that they value chocolate.
Then there's the super high level fifth graders. I never tell them I love them...but they know. I love reading their essays, because usually I'm a main character in their stories, or I at least have an interesting subplot. They also sing to me. Let me tell you, it is quite a surreal experience to be in class with these small Korean humans and have them serenade me with a rendition of La Bamba. All the Spanish words are pronounced perfectly. Yes, I taught them a bit of the song, but only because one of the stories we read was about a boy who performed it in a talent show. That doesn't stop me from being amazed every time they sing it. Here's them singing "A Whole New World" and "In the Jungle":
I could write a gazillion pages about the kids I like and the silly things they do in class, but I'll just stop myself now.