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Extremely sweet, reminds me so much of my experiences in Korea - so much frustration and being left out time and again, but worth it for the moment when your coteacher tells you to call her 언니 (older sister).

Missing Korea today.

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"Wow!"

Student-drawn comics.

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"Look out!"

Student-drawn comics.

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"Ew!"

Student-drawn comics.

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Student-drawn comics from my lesson on English exclamations.

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"Hello Jenna teacher~ I think you are very good teacher. And you are very pretty. I hope you don’t wear glasses. Because you don’t wear glasses more pretty."

— This is what I get for being too lazy to put in my contacts on a day when my students are writing goodbye messages in class.

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Poetry.

Poetry.

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"Teacher, I have a girlfriend! Believe me!"

Running into my students on dates with each other is simultaneously my favorite thing and the most awkward thing ever.

Yesterday I saw one of my loudmouth boy students out with a girl from another class. Now, a few weeks ago I was teasing this kid because he has “you are so handsome” written in marker on his desk and I had asked him if his girlfriend wrote it. Turns out he had switched seats and the message wasn’t for him, but he insisted that he did, indeed, have a girlfriend. “Ok, sure,” I said, giving him a skeptical look, and causing all his friends to laugh. Of course I never actually doubted him, but if you saw the way this kid goofs off in class you’d give him a hard time too.

Yesterday, he was finally able to prove it. When I got to his class this morning he took the opportunity to brag. And today I have run into him a few times between classes and each time he has shouted down the hallway:

"Teacher, I have a girlfriend! Believe me!"

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I should give out candy more often

As soon as I announce that there’s a sugary prize for the winners, all the team names start to become things like: Angel Jenna, Jenna 짱, We Will Miss Jenna, Don’t Go to America Team, etc.

In related news I still have an absurd amount of peeps under my desk even after giving them out all week.

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From last week’s school lesson. I taught them about some of the things that are different between Korean schools and American schools, and then the kids got to design their own dream school.
Here is the example that I gave them for my dream school.

From last week’s school lesson. I taught them about some of the things that are different between Korean schools and American schools, and then the kids got to design their own dream school.

Here is the example that I gave them for my dream school.