Korea keeps me busy. Orientation lasted for the first couple of weeks of August. The schedule was packed. I would attempt to wake up at 6:45AM to get ready for 7:20AM breakfast. From breakfast, I had to start walking to the lecture building by 8:15AM. Mind you, this lecture building was more than a mile away.
“Back in my days, I had to walk over a mile in rain to get to lectures!”
Attendance was taken at 8:45AM, then classes began at 9:00AM. These classes lasted until 12:20PM. We had shuttles that took everyone to and from the dining hall. Lunch began at 12:40PM, and classes began and ended at 2:00PM and 5:20PM respectively. Unfortunately, there would be no shuttle services for dinner time. Dinner began at 6:00PM. After dinner was generally free time, but most participants enrolled in extra Korean-centered classes. These classes would start at 7:00PM and end around at 8:30PM. Time after the Korean classes were spent fighting for laundry services or fitting in a quick workout or drink before sleeping and repeating the cycle over again.
There was a significant amount of time dedicated for lectures. I would be lying if I said that all of the lectures were beneficial, but some of them were surprisingly eye-opening. After many of the lectures, I developed a new-found respect for teachers.
There were several material that helped portray a teacher’s influence, but I really only remember one. If you have time, read The Dot by Peter Reynolds. It’s a children’s book with a great lesson for any age.
Teachers bear a great responsibility. Teachers can make or break a student’s school life. Elementary teachers are much more influential due to the age of the students. These are the times that students are most in need of adult supervision and guidance.
Will I be ready? Am I ready? Has all teachers thought of these questions?
We may or may not be ready, but time waits for no one. The combination of the lectures and the self-induced stress has lead me to appreciate all my past teachers a little more.
A short blog post, but everything is dandy in South Korea.