I still need to organise my thoughts about Seoul so here's a few pictures of my classroom. I spend 4 out of 5 days here - tomorrow I'm teaching 4 hours of 6th grade and then I'll be tutoring some of the teachers.
This is a tiny view of the outside - the school has around 1000 students and it's huge! Four stories, two main buildings and a soccer turf out the back. The schools here are mostly brick and seem pretty intimidating when you're used to pre-fabs and two stories at most. I teach at 3 different schools and this is the largest - the other two have 12 and 23 students respectively, but they're still huge. I have to remind myself that this is considered rural in Korea.They put Glenbervie Primary to shame.
That's my co-teacher's desk and the board - including a huge, touch-screen plasma which is the focal point of most of our lessons. It wasn't working last week and lessons were chaotic.
More often than not there's something offensive written on that puzzle board. So far: 'sex,' 'fuck,' and 'sun of beach' have made the cut. My students are charming, bless 'em.
|The blue screen in the corner of the classroom - note the camera at the top left. |
One nation under CCTV!
Not pictured - to the right of this image is a webcam so I might get some of you to Skype my classes, and a row of PC's where my 'desk' is located.