Thursday I had my observation class. It seems a little redundant since there are only 6 weeks left in my contract, but with the possibility of returning to a position with Gangnam in March something of a necessity.
The lesson wasn't all that bad. However, being an observation I tried to cram as much in as possible meaning I covered too much swtuff way too quickly, practically destroying my already numb sixth grade subjects. Really it could have been split into 3 classes.
In addition way too much Teacher Talk Time - a constant bug bear for me. The observer said something like 90:10 in my favour which is a bit harsh (I would have said 80:20) but really when you have 15 mute 12 year olds sitting there watching them look blankly at me is going to score less points.
It's not a pass or fail thing and positives included a good classroom presence and classroom management. Obviously this was all reported back to my principal. Unfortunately the feedback that I got back from that meeting was that I was a very devoted teacher but there were issues with my methodology.
I would (and did) argue that this is very different from what was said to me and can only boil it down to retranslation.
Still, No one told me to collect all my shit on Friday so I assume I still have a job.
Friday was national curriculum day and was fairly useless in terms of educational outcomes, but some fun games got to be played, and that's pretty cool for a Friday.
Friday was a bit of a late one as JenniferTeacher came up to Gangnam for dinner. Having finished work down in The Bundang at 8:30pm it wasn't until about 9:45pm that we sat down for dinner.
I slept most of Saturday.
And finally, contrasting all that hub bub Sunday has been quite busy, recording this week's SeoulPodcast with Joe, Jennifer and guest Stephen Revere, formerly of Aririang TV's Let's Speak Korean, and now proprietor of 10 Magazine.
This afternoon saw a loose grouping of some of the more outspoken and proactive (God know's why I was invited to attend) members of K-Blogland as we continue to thrash out how it is we might be able to help out those already in and those coming to the society we have chosen to call home.
Discussions were frank and interesting and we will continue to see where it all leads, hopefully I will have something to contribute.
And finally a trip to Kyobo earlier this evening in hunt of the illusive Samsng e-reader bore some fruit with it appearing that Samsung themselves are ot of stock and there are none to be had anywhere. Looks like another semester of schlepping around all my heavy printed out .pdf files.
Looking forward this week seems mostly uncluttered with few extra-curricular activities, which probably means I have forgotten something....