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…”


  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!

    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!