Friday, June 20, 2014

Five 4 Friday - long time, no see!

Have you been wondering where I've been?

I've been here...just very busy. I have not had much time on my own to blog (been hanging out with friends almost every night - I only have 2 months and 1 week left), and I haven't had much "free" time at school either. Long story.

My co-teacher has finally decided after 10 months that I actually do know what I'm talking about, and she wants me to create all these learning materials for her to use next year. It's technically not part of my contract, but.....she has confided in me that she is always feels frustrated and inadequate. She said that she has looked back over her teaching last year and knows that she did a bad job. So I am helping her create some simple activities.

These take time. First, I create them on my computer based on the textbook lesson. I also write directions for each activity. Then I print speaking cards out and cut them out. I then give them to my co-teacher, so she can laminate them. She gives them back to me, so I can cut them out. Then I give them back to her, so she can put the Braille tape on them. We do this for each activity.

Let's get to the Five 4 Friday with Doodle Bugs!

A couple of weekends ago, we had a long holiday weekend, so a couple of friends and I went to Seoul. Here are some highlights from our trip.

We found THE best breakfast spot near our hostel. It was better than IHOP and Denny's!

Visiting the Seoul Arts Center museum

Visiting the amazing Princess Cafe where you can dress up in a traditional Korean hanbok or a wedding dress. Since I had just dressed up in a hanbok several weeks ago, I chose the wedding dress. It's like a grown up little girl's dream!

They also had fun accessories to put on too.

On Sunday morning we went to church. The service was fantastic. Fabulous music. Fabulous message. It's the mother church of my church in Daejeon. Made me want to move to Seoul.

I have found myself around people that are not quite in their right mind lately. So I was reminded of this wonderful quote.

I even made a sign to hang above my desk at school. I love it.

Yesterday, I brought out the shaving cream in class for my students to practice their ABCs. They LOVED it! Even the teachers loved it!

 A friend and I went to a coffee shop the other night. And this couple was sitting near us. in Korea. And I just missed taking a picture of her sucking his fingers. Literally. Sometimes Korea makes you uber aware of your singleness.

We had a fire drill today. Never had a fire drill with an actual fire. Or a speaker. We sat in the grass listening to him speak about fire safety. Of course I had no clue what he was saying. Korean fire safety.

Hope you guys had a great week! I know pretty much everyone is on summer break. Except me. What are you doing during your summer break?

Have you found me on Pinterest yet?

Or have you found me on instagram?

I love instagram for teachers! I get great ideas from pictures.

I love to hear from you guys, so comments are always welcome!


  1. Wow! I've never been over seas.. let alone taught over seas! It was so cool to see pictures and hear about it from your perspective! Thanks for sharing!

    Teaching with Grace

    1. Thanks Jennifer! If you ever get the chance to travel overseas, do it! You will NOT regret it.

  2. What an inspiration you are! I was raised on an Army base in Germany and never wondered about the teachers I had. Now, after reading your post, I do wonder how they came to be living in Germany and teaching in American schools. I wish I had asked them! By the way, why do children love shaving cream so much?
    Thanks, Carol
    Teachers Are Terrific!

    1. That's so cool that you were raised on an army base. I was actually looking into that program but decided to teach English instead. And as for the shaving cream, it's fun and messy! Even the other teachers loved it. They were so cute.

  3. How in the world was I not following you already? Maybe because you changed your blog? I was wondering where you had been! I want to go to the dress up place. That looks so fun!! Puke on the finger thing. Ugh!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. Alison, you are too funny! Yes, I changed my blog several months ago. Love your new blog design too by the way! The dress up place was so much fun...a grown up girl's dream.
      Oh, you should see all the PDA here. It practically screams in your face that you're single.

  4. I love love love reading your blog and seeing the pictures. I live vicariously through you! I've done the shaving cream thing with fifth graders and their spelling words. They love it. :) I forgot they would need to wash their hands though. Didn't figure that part in. That got kind of harried with 35 fifth graders in the bathroom. Bad scene. :)

    1. Do you mean you have 2 months and a week left of SCHOOL or just being in the country? You beat me if it is the first. I go till July 21 and seeing all the people out in Blog-land who are already out for the summer, it seems like I'm the only one left! And this is regular school...not summer school. You beat me if you have to go until August.

    2. Oh, and you had me laughing at the 5th grade bathroom scene! LOL

  5. I have 2 months left in the country. I have 1 1/2 more weeks of regular school (AFTER the final exams...yeah, it doesn't make sense to me either), then 2 weeks of summer camp, then 2 weeks in Bali (YEAH!), and then 5 days left....including 3 days of teaching. Then I fly home!!!