Students playing soccer after lunch in front of the school
It has been over a month now! I can’t believe it! I have already fallen into the routine of teaching in South Korea. The average day is as follows:
7:00 am – Wake up and get ready for the day.
I was worried before coming to Korea about my outfits, as Korea is known for dressing pretty differently, but my school is quite relaxed with the dress code. I can wear jeans and a T-shirt or a nice business dress. I tend to dress more professionally, as appearance is even more emphasized in Korea than it is in the USA.
7:50 am – Leave the house to get the bus. It is about a 8 minute walk to the bus stop.
8:00 am – Take the public bus to school.
It takes around 20 minutes. I have had many problems with the bus system here. It is confusing and stressful, but I finally think about a month of getting lost, taking the wrong bus, or not getting off at the right stop, that I can take a breather and enjoy the ride. The morning bus is packed. There are some days, that the bus driver has to get up and yell at people to squish in because he can’t close the door. I hate those days. It depends on when I take the bus. If it is the bus that comes before 8:00 it is packed. If it is the later bus around 8:10 it isn’t so bad, however, I run the risk of being a little late for school.
8:30 am – School starts.
From 8:30 until 9:00 the students have homeroom, but are expected to be at school before that.
9:00 – 12:30 – Periods 1-4
The mornings are always hard, but teaching has me moving around every 45 minutes and scrambling to the next classroom.
12:30 – 1:25 pm – Lunch (AKA Chaos librum)
I call it Chaos librum because it is when all Hell breaks loose. It is the lunch period, but students (especially the boys) use it for their recess for playing soccer. I see them eat as fast as possible (or even skip lunch) to run out to play when the weather is nice. Because of the number of students and the size of the cafeteria, the students are assigned a rotation schedule of when they can go to wait in line for food. When they are not eating students can be found doing whatever they please. There is no real supervision during this time so they are either hanging in a classroom (like their homeroom) or running through the halls shouting and yelling. They could be siting outside gossiping, or as SOOOO many of the girls do: checking themselves out with their giant hand-held mirrors. View full post »