Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring fun with my students

Spring is a big deal in Korea.

And rightly so: the winter here is terribly long. Long, cold, ugly and grey. When spring finally arrives it certainly is time to celebrate life!

This year we had a particularly long and cold winter, as did most of the northern hemisphere, with record snow falls in many parts of the country. But no amount of pretty snow can help improve matters when winter started in November and Spring only comes in April, that is 6 months, HALF THE YEAR in winter! Argh, I will NOT miss Korea's weather!

So, when spring finally made its appearance, and this was confirmed by the cherry blossoms showing off, I decided to take my students out to enjoy it. What a good idea! I am not bound by curriculums or textbooks I have to finish teaching, so at times it is nice to be able to give the students a break from their incredibly intense schedules.

Fortunately I seem to have earned some respect at my high school, where Mr. Kang, my bestest estest co-teacher is the head of English, and the vice principal likes me (he even greets me with 'Good Morning' which is a big thing for a non-English 'teacher'). Anyway, so I managed to get permission to take my classes out to enjoy the cherry blossoms and take photos. The students loved it, my co-teachers loved it, I loved it, and all in all I think it was a very apt way of celebrating spring. Who wouldn't be happy about 12 lessons outdoors in amongst the flowers!

Enjoy the photos and my darling girls!

with Mr. Kang!

I bribed these girls with ice-creams to come up into the tree for a photo!


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