December 22nd, 2009

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Observations, Day II

Today I observed three more teachers, for a total of six kindergarten classes - 4-6 year olds. I'll be inheriting two of the classes. It'll be... interesting, that's for sure. Observation is definitely coming in handy; I've gained a few ideas for what I can do regarding discipline, teaching, etc, and I also was able to help out a few times. I'm sure teaching by myself will be twenty times worse, but at least I have a little more experience than I did.

I also received my work schedule for the rest of the session. I work approximately 21 hours a week, spread out over the afternoon and evening. I'll be able to go home during my breaks. My long day runs from about noon until 10pm. My short days (Tuesday/Thursdays) go from 12 to 4:30. Not bad. However, I have a winter camp in January, so I'll be working any extra 3-4 hours a day on top of my current schedule. So my Mondays will run from about 9am-10pm, with a 4 hour break in the afternoon. That's not great, but on the plus side, I'll be making an extra million won (~1000 USD). I'm okay with that.

Tomorrow I don't go in until 3pm, but I'll be observing until 10pm. Oh well.

A coworker asked if I wanted to go skiing with her and some of the other teachers this Thursday, since we won't have class. I'm a little hesitant about going - I don't know if I'll have the money, and I've never done downhill skiing before - but I think I'm going to go. I'm trying to turn over a new leaf here in Korea: if I have no reason not to do something then I'm going to do it. That opens up a lot of opportunities, you know? Plus, I get paid 150 Won for my observation days, so I'll probably just spend that on my trip. At any rate I should have enough money to get me through the next month or two.

Things I learned today:
- Thanks to Nigel and Ross, I know which bus to take to downtown Gwangju and back to Pungam-dong (my neighborhood).
- Thanks to Zandra, I know how to get back to my neighborhood by taxi.

Things I need to learn:
- is there a cheaper way to get water? Because honestly I'm getting sick of buying bottled water at the FamilyMart down the block. I'm this close to trying the tapwater.
- 7 more letters.
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