End of the Semester and Summer Camp

First, here’s a picture of some dark clouds. It’s monsoon season…ish. Also there’s quite a bit of typhoons (aka hurricanes) raging around us. So we’ve gotten some rain. One morning was the hardest rain I’ve ever been in. The Coloradan in me was like “oh, it will stop in a few minutes. 10 minutes tops” but we got more and more soaked on the 15 minute walk to school and 40 minutes later it was still POURING.

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Chris has officially finished his first week of summer camp while mine started in the middle of the week so I’ve got 2 more days. Camp has been a messy, confusing thing. Much more hectic than usual classes but much more fun. You have more time with individual students  (only 20 students in the camp!) and you can do fun things because you don’t have to follow the book.

I can’t offer any pictures from Chris’s summer camp but at my school we’ve actually been required to take photos for a big report at the end (what did you do? how did you spend the money? what did the kids learn?)

A week ago the books arrived. You remember I was working on the books a long while ago. It was fun to see my “work” published.

 

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Of course, when I converted the books file into a pdf – for some reason many of the pictures got all jumbled. So I spent 4 hours pasting the real image over the messed up ones.

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What are the parts of a s’more? – A … picture of a bear???

The semester ended on Tuesday. The students clean their own classroom but each room is assigned another room or area in the school to keep clean. I’ve got 1st grade girls who just mess around (and possibly steal some of my candy) rather than clean the room. So when the semester ended I helped them clean it by monitoring, pointing and gesturing and generally handing them all the trash that had been hiding in the room since March. They had to take about 4 loads down, but for the first time since I moved into my English room, it was finally clean and presentable.

I moved some desks around for the camp but here’s an idea of what it looks like:

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The view from the door at the back of the classroom. All the crazy clock and landscape posters are actually blinds so the whole left wall has windows. A whole pod of tables is missing – ordinarily I have 20 tables – 2 person at each table.
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View from the other side. A “we are proud of ourselves” board and a mini computer lab

Summer camp started on Wednesday. I have 19 1st graders  (one cancelled to do science camp. gosh!). They were hand picked based on their English level. 1/4th are nearly fluent in words I would expect a 6th grade American to know. And even the lowest students can have a decent conversation if they want (2 are very shy). I may have actually made the camps level too low.

The summer camp is themed off of an American summer camp. So far it’s been pretty great. Scavenger hunts don’t really exist here – and it was a HUGE hit. I had students sprinting all over the school – getting yelled at by the few staff members who have to be here over summer break. It was a crazy thing. Lest we have too much fun, we researched animals and presented their findings.


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Then, foolishly I slotted 45 minutes to make dream catchers. I figured it would go over the time some but really it was about 2 hours and they still weren’t finished. They’re very meticulous, which I respect, but I have to keep telling them “well, dream catchers would have been made out of sticks and branches, they probably weren’t’ a perfect circle either”


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One student is just about done, another is really close – mostly knots, and then theres the orange-ish one. The majority of students have really only made it this far.

The next day we studied animals and carved stamps out of erasers. Only one student sliced their finger open (we were using sharp carving tools) So I would consider it a success.

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Here’s my collection of stamps.

Lizards, keys and lots of “EXO” logos (a band)

 

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I ended Friday by checking all 19 books. We’re supposed to give awards to the most studious teams and individuals. So really it was some kind of reconnaissance into who’s taking the best notes, who’s doing homework, etc.

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Also you can see their names – chosen English names or the romanization of their proper names. I’ve got some pretty “normal” names, Michelle, Matt, Amelia. Some stranger spellings “Ellice” (I can’t tell if its pronounced closer to Alice or Elise). Then there’s a boy named Jelly and a girl who was named Daisy but who changed to “Lusinda” at the last second. Why not, I guess?

Not very many of Chris’s students had English names, so he helped with them. There were quite a bit of Disney princesses: “Aurora” “Elsa” “Anna” and then one boy who decided to name himself “Talehban” which he pronounced all kinds of wonky. He was laughing about it – then Chris caught on after it was written down that he had chosen a phonetic version of “Taliban.” Okay.

I guess I have a second grade girl next week who’s English name is, lower case; no spaces: “fishfishfish” My first graders have discovered the roster and “fishfishfish” has become somewhat of a rally cry now.

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Two Weeks of Crazy

We were in some kind-of horrible purgatory (hell, really) between academics and vacation. The 3.5 week vacation starts this week (not for us – we have camp for 2 weeks). And the students took their final tests 2 weeks ago. So we had 2 weeks of … nothing.  The logic is that 5 weeks vacation would be too long.

But two weeks of random time means nothing.  The students didn’t care about learning -if we taught anything, they a) wouldn’t have cared or listened and b) they wouldn’t remember when midterms come up in October.

Sooo … what did we do? I played a spelling game for 20 minutes and then watched a movie for the rest of the 25 minutes. Chris watched a movie the full time, but with a worksheet.

A brief interlude: We hate movies

We just want to say, real fast, that we understand why we never watched movies much in middle or high school. It’s because that teacher has to watch that movie in EVERY. CLASS. Chris absolutely hates Tangled. Chris has seen Tangled so much he can tell you all the dialogue and write a thesis about every detail. I absolutely hate Frozen mostly because the damn songs are already over played here. I’ve watched the beginning and all the songs of it at least 20 times. I spontaneously woke up at 2am last week with a song from Frozen stuck in my head.

My school has been absolutely insane during these past 2 weeks. Completely. This is what happens to kids when they are done with academics but have to keep showing up at school. They’re restless, bored, hot, and stress is high regarding grades on the finals. It was mess.

CCTV

Tuesday morning I came in and everyone was “CCTV this” and “CCTV that.” All in Korean, of course. Then a huge booming announcement over the intercom “mo mo mo CCTV mo mo mo” I finally have to ask “What’s going on with CCTV?”

“Oh, uh, I guess some kid broke a CCTV camera.” Andrew says, almost bored. “They broke the ceiling, too.”

They broke the ceiling. 

“So they’re looking for the boy who did it?” (I said boy but I guess it could have been a girl)

“Yeah, sure, I guess.”

“Where did it get broken?”

“In front of your classroom.”

Sure enough, theres a chunk of ceiling missing outside of my door.

Missing Students

Last Tuesday morning the whole office was really distracted by a coworker who was on her phone. Actually everyone seemed pretty worried by what she was saying.

It wasn’t until a crying woman was in our office that someone explained what was going on. Apparently two students went missing the day before, after school. One is a “trouble maker” while the other is “normal” (not my words).  Classmates were being brought into our staff room to be interrogated – where are they going? what did they say to you? Etc.

Initially this was really concerning. We live in a country with the highest suicide rate of any other developed nation. Suicide is the leading cause of death in teenagers here (usually traffic incidents are the highest for most countries). So it was hard not to automatically fear for the worst.

Fortunately, by the end of the day we at least knew their last known location – the Daejeon bus stop. So they could, in theory, be anywhere in Korea. Not a relief but better than other scenarios. (Thats a scary thought for parents – America is so huge that if your kid runs away from home they’re probably not even the next town over. Korea is so small, you could lose your kid somewhere in the whole country within a few hours).

I never found out if they were caught or came back on their own. I never get all the details. All I know is they were both safe at school the next morning. One had shaved off most of his hair (!??) and they were both in huge trouble.

Bullying

Chris was alone in his room (aka no coteacher) and had to intervene with bullying. Bullying, usually called “school violence” here can get pretty intense and will often lead to suicide. There’s even a thing called “wangtta” where the whole class (40 kids) will oust one student and pick on them for the whole year. The wangtta is usually a kid who is a little off but they’re almost always the sweetest to the foreign teachers (they sympathize with us maybe? That we’re outsiders too?)

This really sweet kid who always wants to talk to Chris about history was being bullied. He’s a little off so he’s easy pickings. Especially without a Korean teacher to stop it. The bully – a student from Canada and another were stealing his things and rubbing their hands in his face.

Chris is really unsure of what to do – is it bullying? Are they friends messing around? Which is the eternal struggle for us – we can never be proactive. We both see this kind of stuff all the time and never know how to respond until it’s usually too late.

He tells them to stop over and over. Even standing right behind them didn’t stop it at first. He had to stand up against their desk before they finally would leave the poor kid alone.

Bullying happens year round but to blatantly be doing it right in front of Chris when he’s standing 3 feet away is too much.

Teacher… Pightu

I was sitting at my computer, waiting for the 10 minute passing period to be over. 1-6 (my all time worst class) is slowly trickling in. I had about 8 kids in my room – so I was finishing up some work on my camp booklet. They can entertain themselves with posters I put up or whatever. I don’t care – just don’t break anything.

I look up from doing work on my computer and see some kid just crying. I let it go -which is a mistake. There’s also a crowd of boys over by the air conditioning. Nothing new- my boys crowd around it constantly. Until one kid has the common sense – and bravery to tell me in English “Paightu. Teacher. Pight.” Fs are often “P”s and “uhs” are added to anything with a consonant ending. So pightu = fight.

Sure enough, there’s some boy who’s been punched in the eye and is crying (a different kid than the one already crying).

It’s a long, stupid story but to reduce it, I have to get help from real live Korean teachers and my coteacher was missing for 15 minutes of the class. Leading to an uncomfortable “put your heads on the desk and shut up game” that we “played” while we waited for her to return and restore order.

And yes, Grammie, I did yell at them.

A Cry For Help

The least fun story of them all. On Tuesday I had a class that I actually had to teach. Second grade students are already “behind” for next semester (someone explain that) so we have to do bookwork rather than fun games and movies. Some boys arrived early and apparently got in an argument. There wasn’t really shouting or anything that I remember. Then one boy left the classroom very upset – I don’t remember seeing this. All of this was before the bell even rang.

Class starts and there is an unusual amount of empty chairs so I ask for an explanation. For every empty seat the class of boys confirm with a story “oh he’s vacationing in America” “he’s in Hong Kong” “he moved to Canada.” So we start and go through any other class like normal.

Meanwhile the boy who was bullied/got in a fight with his friend is roaming the halls getting more and more upset. Whatever his friend said was upsetting. But he’s getting more and more upset about the fact no one is coming to find him. To him, the whole world doesn’t care about him (later what he said) and this just proves it – teachers aren’t even mad at him for skipping class. No one’s chasing after him to say “come back to class, where have you been!? So, somehow, he finds himself on the fourth (top) story of the building considering jumping.

Two teachers see him and… don’t say anything. Which really edges him on. Finally. FINALLY someone sees a student out of class and gets pissed “yah! get out of that window! What are you doing?” Teachers get him out of the window where he admits to feeling ignored, left out, (probably bullied) and that no one cares about him.

My coteacher told me this story and kind of laughed “he was going to do it for a stupid reason” which implies there is a good reason to do it? I sympathize completely. The stress is high enough but everyone has to have the same hair cut, same uniform, same shoes. The only thing these kids can customize are their socks.

You put them in a same-ness environment where half the teachers (me included) don’t learn their names. And you put them with 40 other students who are a class unit. I won’t lie – sometimes I see my classes as a unit, not as a group of 40 individual people. It can be hard not to. So when he says no one cares about him – he’s half right. Half the teachers probably don’t know his name. We don’t know what kind of family problems he could be going through or the very real possibility he is an orphan. My coteacher and I asked where the missing students were and all 40 students lied – which pisses us off – but makes me wonder if he’s wanktta.

When it’s all said and done…

and it is.

We have property damage, runaways, bullying, fights and a near-suicide. Thus proving these purgatory weeks are too much to ask for from anyone. Maybe the kids are acting out a little more because the teachers are also worn down. They could be ignoring behaviors or ignoring students more than usual.

 

It’s a Small World

When I was in Ghana, I met someone from Colorado. A random white guy was stuck in a taxi at a red light. We yelled at each other – hey, great to see another obruni (white person) blah, blah. “Hey, where you from?” the light turned and the taxi started rolling away, “Colorado” I shout. “Me to” but then he was gone.

The world is small sometimes.

There’s a really nice woman who lives in our apartment complex. She has two dogs who are always so sweet and very well groomed. Koreans are often scared of dogs so the pups never get random pets on the street. But we often share the elevator up with her and both Chris and I are crouched down doting over the dogs. She’s just “the dog lady” to us and we’re probably the “Two waygookin who always pet my dogs.” But we’ve been talking with her a lot more. She just moved back from the United States – from Salt Lake City. Her english is excellent but the elevator rides are short. So we never get too much information each time.

For whatever it’s worth, today we learned that she has been to Durango. She thought it was very beautiful and she and her husband rode the train.

It’s not a huge thing, but what are the odds? A Korean that would talk to us (low chances), a Korean who’s been to Colorado (very low) but one who will talk to us and who’s been to Durango?

Technology and Internet in Korea

Chris helped write this post – I know some of you say you never hear from him.

Korean computer tech equal parts amazingly advanced and ridiculously outdated.

On one hand, Korea prides itself on having some of the best WiFi in the world. The internet here is the fastest in the world and has been for at least 3 years running, probably longer. It’s so fast that the next fastest country, Japan, is 40% slower than Korea. That’s like light-speed speed. (The United States barely makes it onto the list of top ten.)

But Korea has an unhealthy relationship with sub-par technology. They have amazing phones, don’t get us wrong. They have phones that can work after being underwater, phones that sync with your watch and a new phone (and TV) that you can roll up almost like a treasure map. But you get them a desktop computer or a “notebook” (laptop) and they forget how to be technologically advanced. Some people don’t know what PDFs are or how to copy and paste things. The worst for us is that they demand to use internet explorer. Which is an extremely mediocre web explorer. Safari, Chrome, Firefox and just about any other web explorer works better than IE. IE requires you to download things while Chrome does it automatically for you – Chrome even has a built in task manager (like control-alt-delete)… but I digress. Korea doesn’t use these amazing programs.  Korea’s internet is a great marathon runner but internet explorer is the malaria that infects it to the point it never even runs races.

Then they have programs for everything. You can’t use the video players your computer already has on it, you have to use a Korean one. If you want to watch a soccer game you can’t just do it on the website, you  have to download a new video player Afreeka (complete with viruses, games and toolbars that are all scams). If you want to watch a movie you have to download a whole new player like VLC or Gom. Also if you want to write a paper (like a word document) you’re probably going to  have to use the Korean program that is totally incompatible with word or pages. (for the nerds out there, YES there is a patch that you can download that lets .hwp files be opened and edited on word, but it crashes word…..and it will not uninstall). It’s ridiculous.

And then the virus protection. We’re on school networks so there is a huge concern for keeping our network safe – theoretically if a virus got on one computer it could take the whole network down. Sooo do we use any decent program? No, we use one of the homegrown ones – one that are only used in Korea as opposed to the world wide ones that have been tested the world over. And it works about as well as shoving an oreo cookie in to the disk drive would work to protect against viruses. A huge fat zero – it doesn’t work. It actually is a virus itself. It’s called Ahnlab.

Chris is having the most problems with it so we’ll discuss what it does to his computer. Most things freeze his computer so he can’t get any work done in any decent amount of time. If it doesn’t freeze the computer, it takes about 30 seconds to open something. Anything. Which sounds like a whiny thing to say until you try it. He tried to make a folder the other day and it actually took 45 seconds, not to mention it froze his computer. His co-teacher was waiting for a document to open on his computer and got mad at him. She said it was because he saved documents on the computer. “Just save all your documents on a USB. That’s what I do. You’re just ruining your computer by saving things on it.” That’s what computers are for. Fun fact, saving a normal amount of things on your computer will not slow it down, RUNNING many different things at the same time will.

He looked and Ahnlab was using a ridiculously high amount of processing power. The absolute worst thing is that it automatically scans your ENTIRE system every hour. You can change this setting, but it is set to reset to the default after….one hour. You cannot turn off the reset feature. Also, the system scan takes about an hour, so basically his computer is perpetually scanning itself 24/7″.

In a fit of rage he uninstalled Ahnlab and deleted it off his computer completely. Suddenly it was working at lightning speeds. Instantly.

But the next morning he opens his computer and turns it on. It had re-installed itself and was scanning his computer for viruses – thus freezing the computer. It has never actually finished scanning (ever) because it freezes itself (it takes too long).

People (other Ahnlab sufferers online) are suggesting that the school network is automatically set to re-install it. Others say that it re-installs itself because of it’s virus-like tendencies; that it copies itself and wont let you get rid of it. Anytime you can’t get something off of your computer you have big red flags.

The biggest problem is that it is both a virus AND a virus blocker. So it’s at war with itself always. Which explains why his computer is completely shot. Chris described it as “a guard snake (already that sounds like a feeble home security) that constantly eats its own tail.”  It isolates itself from the computer to protect the computer from a virus but then it needs to operate to block itself.

Koreans will blindly defend this program – not to mention we HAVE to use it if we want to use the school’s computers. I’ve actually had to sign documents that say I’m using it and being safe online.

So sometimes you might hear about cyber attacks on Korea (sometimes by North Koreans). Banks get hacked ALL the time. To access your bank account on the internet, you need to download 4 different security programs (all made in Korea). This is not an exaggeration. They are each designed to protect against different attacks. Here is the best analogy of this that I can think of…. There are many things you can choose to do to protect your car from thieves, some make sense, and others don’t. For example, you can lock the doors, keep it in your garage at night, or get a GPS tracker. If you wanted to, you could also take the tires off and remove the engine every time you park it. Korean cyber security is like doing all of the above, but giving the keys, the engine, and the tires to a thief. You end up with a junk computer that can’t do anything at any respectable speed, plus the added bonus of a false sense of security.

Viruses take down everyone constantly. It’s all thanks to obsolete web browsers mixed with a bad virus protection. Also just because we have the fastest internet here doesn’t mean we know what to do with it. I would hazard to say that because of how many redundant security programs people are required to install, the internet NEEDS to be the fastest in the world to keep everyone happy. Anything less and people might realize how terrible their security programs are for their computers. The internet here sounds awesome but I have yet to see the true power of its speed.

Wait, so where are you going?

Some of you got it and others were maybe confused by our post. Where are we going for vacation? It’s obviously in Asia but what’s with all the Rolls Royces and super high population density? English, tea and high IQs?

The answer – Hong Kong.

The flight and hotel are all in place and we’ll be leaving for Hong Kong in about a month.

It was pretty difficult to pick, we liked the Philippines and of course the very obvious choice, Japan (which is only about 45 minutes away by plane). But for some reason we picked Hong Kong, the city, the beaches, forests, dim sum and yes, Disneyland were all calling to us. We’re pretty excited for it which is interesting because we’ve never expressed any interest in it (or China) at all before. On our list of countries we want to go, it never made it … at all.

But now, somehow we’ll be spending a whopping 10 days there. For some reason this time surprises our Korean coworkers who can’t believe we will be there that long. It’s a pretty small place but 10 days should be relaxing for  hikes; day trips to beaches; and to Chris’s dismay possibly Disneyland. My birthday will fall on one of these days so …. who knows. (I’ve heard it called the “Disneyland Circuit” to visit all the Disneyworlds in the world. Something I feel I must do).

Also Macau is nearby which could be a great day trip as well.

What has us confused – where exactly we’re going. We like to keep a strict tally of all the countries we’ve been to (*cough cough* 15 together) and we’re not sure where Hong Kong and/or Macau will fit into this. They’re technically China but they’re pretty self governing and we’ll be getting different passport stamps … so it will be hard to say when we get back from the trip if we’ve seen one or two countries.

If you’re asking yourself:

1) So Hong Kong isn’t a country?

2) What’s there to do/see in Hong Kong?

Then here are two videos for your viewing pleasure:

Is Hong Kong a country?

What’s there to do?

 

Summer Camp Planning

Both of us have a half-ish week this week. It’s finals. Which is crazy. I never remember having midterms or finals in middle school. Maybe a mid-sized test towards the end of the year but they were never that serious – especially not as serious as it is as here.

For the past 2 weeks our Korean coworkers have been shouting at kids to get out of the office!; they’ve been hiding tests under books and generally acting crazy. Kids cannot see the test or the teachers writing it. The whole staff has to approve the final questions for all grades so there were teachers running around the whole school looking for signatures and stamps. Inevitably there will be parents and students that complain to all the departments – that question was worded strangely! or There’s a spelling error, you should give my student an A!. To combat this, the English department has used Chris and I have to double check wording and the “appropriate answers” allowed by the tests. It’s intense.

The reason tests are so intense here are because the students actually have to apply to go to high school. They are all guaranteed a high school – it’s not like you won’t get in and then you have to go get a job. But there are better and worse high schools. For instance, we have the Daejeon Foreign Language High School which is probably one of the best in the area. If students want to go there they’ll have to get letters of recommendation, essays, good grades, great test scores and proof of outstanding language skills (sounds like getting into college). So midterms and finals are important to getting into high school.

My school is taking final tests Mon-Tues-Wed while Chris’s school is Tues-Wed-Thursday. After that we have 2 weeks of off-book lessons about anything.

Then in three weeks we’ll start our summer camps. We’re each teaching 2 weeks worth of summer camps. The first week is 1st grade the second is 2nd grade. It’s a little weird because my camp starts on a Wednesday and ends on a Tuesday. While Chris’s is a normal Mon-Fri Mon-Fri thing.

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The cool part is we design it completely – it can be about anything, it can be themed or not, and we can teach almost anything we want.

Initially that was almost too open. We complain about having to teach from the text books all the time but when we’re given absolute freedom we clam up. What should I teach? How much does it need to focus on lessons? Can we do crafts or play games?

From the beginning I have wanted to do a summer camp themed like an American one – s’mores, fires and camping – altered somehow to be indoors. Then I started doubting that the kids would like it, so I started switching to popular culture. This lead me to be really into the idea of a books to movies camp. Read bits of the book, look at clips of the movie, do a project or game related to the movie/book. Etc. But I just kept going back to the “great outdoors” or “all-American summer camp” or whatever I should call it.

I worry that most of my kids are too indoors-y. They go car camping sometimes but they are definitely 8+ hour-a-day screen-exposed preteens. They do stay indoors more than out – they use their phones or a screen all day and sometimes all night (Korea has/had a Cinderella Law that forbid kids playing video games after midnight). Some are completely addicted to video games – at least two of my students in my after school club are.

So I thought- do I satisfy this screen love with an all-indoor camp focused on movies and books? Or do I fight against it in a possibly-futile attempt to get them to do crafts and try new things? When I do this with my 8-student club I’m usually met with resistance and confusion. Do I really want to fight that with 40 kids over two weeks?

For some reason I decided that I do. So I picked the great outdoors theme and got it (surprisingly) approved yesterday. In addition to writing scary stories/folk tales and campfire songs… and, of course, learning culture and new vocabulary terms, we’re hopefully going to do some pretty cool things:

  • make paracord bracelets
  • eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • learn about American summer camps
  • go on a scavenger hunt
  • navigate with maps
  • make dream catchers
  • play Red Rover and possibly other games
  • make solar oven hot dogs
  • research animals and make animal track stamps
  • try Ants on a Log (peanut butter, celery, and raisins)
  • take illusion photos
  • start a fire without matches

The last bullet I wasn’t sure if I would get approved. “Sounds dangerous” was the initial reaction until they decided “well we’ll just have to go outside for that one” Uhhh… yeah. Yeah we will.

I established that we would be learning fire safety before we did it. Also that half the kids probably won’t even start a fire. Also each group will have their own water and I will personally bring a  fire extinguisher it was deemed less dangerous. It received full approval when it was decided it could be a race between teams. I think that actually could make it more dangerous but we’ll just set some serious ground rules down.

If the bullet list looks like too much fun for an educational summer camp. It is. I worry that a certain vice principal could  crack down on it if they look at the schedule. However I think these kids aren’t given a chance to really be kids all the time. Plus it’s the best kind of English language learning. Just by coming to camp every day and having instructions in English they will have more exposure than they usually do. Also, this is a lot more real-world English, following directions, doing research and making things requires more brain power than memorizing key phrases or even vocabulary words. Its a great immersion because if you aren’t paying attention you won’t know how to play the game or make the craft. Which for 6 and 7th grade students should be good motivation.

For now, I’m writing at 30+ page booklet for the camp to use. Basically I’m creating my own textbook, which I love. I love writing, I love putting pictures on stuff. It’s been actually really nice to have to think the activities through ahead of time so you can put them in the book.

Early draft:

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I Catchee a Cold

As my kids would say I “catch-ee” a cold. Which is a bummer.

I get to sit at my desk for 3 days without any student interaction. Which is awesome. I surely got it from them but I don’t want to spread it around to some kind of 800 person epidemic. But it’s safe to say from my sniffling that the whole office knows. You really aren’t supposed to blow your nose in public here. Especially not when eating, but in general the few times I’ve tried to quietly clear my nose I’ve either stopped all conversations around me or had people peeking over the cubicle to see what the hell that sound was.

To my right, my science teacher friend in very basic English was incredibly worried about me asking if I was okay and what happened. To my left, Andrew kinda laughed at me asked how I even managed to catch a cold in the middle of summer. 🙂 I have no idea how I caught a cold in the middle of summer.

I’ve got these giant horse pills that I’m supposed to take insane quantities of. 2 pills 3 times a day means you’ll finish the pack in about a day. Chris hypothesizes that it’s a money making technique to get you to buy mass quantities of the packs. Jokes on them, for 10 pills I only spent $2. And 4 pills so far have definitely started to relieve the symptoms.