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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.

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Again??

When my mousepad disappeared, it wasn’t that big of a deal. I figured someone used them and forgot to put them back, and just asked for new ones from the supply closet.

When my extension cord disappeared I was just confused. I mean, who just takes an extension cord that someone’s computer is plugged into and has been plugged into for months now?

But this morning I come to work and my mousepad is gone. Really? Really?  Number one, who steals a mousepad? If you don’t have one by this point in the semester, what have you been doing? And if you just needed it temporarily for some reason, what is so hard about putting it back?

It’s hard not to take this personally, but no one else’s stuff goes missing like this. But my coworkers treat me with respect and I get along with them well…I obviously don’t think this is malicious but seriously you guys I need this stuff and you can’t just take it without asking me.

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More horoscopes written by my middle schoolers:

  • "He will not pass high school. He will be human trash. He will be under arrest. He will be prison breaker. He will be under arrest again. He will kill police officers. He will die in prison. So, he must go to high school."
  • "You will become a kindergarten teacher. But you will get cut from there because you make children cry."
  • "You will sleep. You will eat. You should wear clothes."
  • "You will be rich, but you will fat. You should exercise regularly."
  • "You will eat lunch. You will have stomachache. You shouldn’t eat fish."
  • "You will be ugly. You will die. You should live well^^"
  • "You will be a billionaire. You will marry with Hollywood star. You should study more and more and more."
  • "You will be very hungry because you’re very poor. 2045.12.15 good bye."
  • "You will meet ugly alien and marry with her. You will be famous. You will be good at soccer."
  • "You will have have a special boyfriend. And your chances are always nearby so you should do your best."
  • "You will give money to me. You will be my slave. You should make a lot of money."
  • "You will be ugly. You will have no money. You will die early. Forever single."
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"He will be a murderer. He will run away from Korea. And he will write a book about himself. So he will be under arrest. He will escape from prison. But he will die soon because he have a bad cancer. So, he must not be a murderer."

— This week my students were writing horoscope predictions for each other. Sometimes they got a little…specific.

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They are apparently redoing the parking lot of the apartment complex next to my school

I’ve forgotten what it feels like to teach without jackhammers constantly in the background.

And of course it’s summer and they removed all the air conditioning units in all the classrooms for some unknown reason, so we have to keep all the windows open to avoid baking completely.

Is it the weekend yet?

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Not even lunch time and I already

1. Walked to class in the middle of passing time even though the bell obviously hadn’t rung yet.

2. Told my coteacher to go ahead to lunch first since I had to send a few emails…except we still had one more period before lunchtime.

3. Dropped a chalkboard eraser covered in white and yellow chalk directly onto the front of my black dress.

4. Took about three tries to spell “independence” for one of my students.

Why am I so out of it today??