WELCOME BACK

Do you ever have those days where you kind of plow right through? They just seem longer, harder, and/or chaotic.

It’s the first day back to school after a major holiday. What can one expect? None of us seem to have our act together. My co-teachers, even the students are scrambling.

It’s 11:42AM. One of my sixth grade classes was supposed to start ten minutes ago. What’s happening? Why am I not teaching?

Who are these Korean text messages from? And what do they say?

“Okay, class. Repeat after me! A, B, C, D, E, F, G…” Why am I here?

Did a student just throw up all over her desk? Sure did. I know kids. It’s distracting. It smells. But focus on me. We’re talking about past tense. Isn’t that more exciting?

It feels like I’ve taken about seven steps back. I don’t know what’s happening, or what I’m supposed to do today. Does anyone?

Days like this remind me I’m in another culture, a new place, and I have a lot to learn. Here’s to starting all over again, tomorrow.

“H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P…”

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  1. Some days are just like that. I spent my morning trying to keep a kid from running out the door with his head hidden in his shirt. Oh, kids ;) Sounds like things are going smoother now though. Keep it up, friend!

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    1. HAHA! Oh, kids indeed. Thanks for the visual and laugh, friend. Yes. Even on "bad days" my students make me smile. Love them! Continue the wonderful work you're doing as well, Rena!

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