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Observations, Day II

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December 22, 2009 | 10:37pm
Mood: tired

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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Bedlam boys are bonny

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from: mad_maudlin
date: December 22, 2009 04:37pm (UTC)
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Wow, your school runs until 10pm? That's pretty rough, even if you don't have to be in until noon.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: December 23, 2009 01:36am (UTC)
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Yeah, it is rough - especially for the kids. (They have regular school during the day and lessons of various stripes - including English lessons here - until 10pm every day.) I only have one 9-10pm class on Mondays, so it's not too bad.

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evilfishytank

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from: evilfishytank
date: December 22, 2009 05:54pm (UTC)
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What exactly is wrong with the tap water in Korea? The solution I'd have is boiling your tap water, cooling it, then running it though a water filter pitcher, which, if you somehow can't find in Korea, could be sent to you via care package from your folks.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: December 23, 2009 01:38am (UTC)
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I'm not sure exactly what's wrong - I think it has too much metal in it. I would boil my water, but I have one pan and I don't think it's really worth it, tbh. Plus, my parents have pretty much told me they won't be sending me any care packages (too expensive), so I wouldn't be able to get a water filter. Oh well. I was told, however, that I could fill up water bottles at the school. I may just do that.

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from: ext_112221
date: January 9, 2010 01:54pm (UTC)
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I've seen people get water coolers from their schools (even public) where a guy drops off a 10 gallon jug every few days/ week for a small fee per month. Ask your boss about it.

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 9, 2010 04:43pm (UTC)
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That sounds like a great deal... I'll have to look into it. Lately I've just been stealing (er, taking) water from the water cooler at my school...

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