Today marks first day of my second annual 13 Days of Halloween Song Countdown!
As mentioned prior, last year was a KPOP only theme but this year I decided to add in some other varieties as well.
I will also be updating my usual once a week update today as well.
So to begin…Lesson planning:
So apart from teaching bratty hormonal teenagers 8 times a week, I also teach hyper, daycare as well.
For the better part of almost 2 years I didn’t know how to teach them. I had no plan, no co teacher and worst of all an inconsistent class (some kids go and come day to day).
So there is no real way to make it a formal class -and I’m supposed to “teach” them for an hour.
Well quickly I learned that worksheets only kept them busy if I implicated a sticker system.
After much stress, annoyance and frustration on my part I finally hit a wall-I asked around but no one really had any answers because none of them had my problems.
So I decided to end up using a project I used during summer vacation.
I altered it for 1st and 2nd graders. Instead of 6 new words and 5 phrases I just used 6 new vocabulary words, a review of 8 (they have to look back at the previous worksheets or do it from memory). They listen to me and write it once in Korean and twice in English.
Then we watch the movie-because they are so young I am afraid they can’t read fast enough or well enough so I put the sound on in Korean and the subtitles on in English. After we watch about 10-12 minutes of the movie we go back of the words .
Like I said it’s not much but the kids have really become much more manageable, and they never want me to turn the movie off.
Some of them even have become great with remembering the vocab words.
I decided to use Mulan as the starter movie-it has music, action, comedy and it’s “asian”. They kids (especially the boys) weren’t really happy about it but now they are obsessed with it.I used Tangled and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (I would advise against this because of all the food puns-they don’t translate well) but you can use almost any movie.
It teaches the kids some new words, you get them writing in English (something that is very important because parents apparently only want to see their kids writing in English-it’s not as important if they can’t read or speak it I guess) and then you get to keep them quiet for about 10 minutes. All in all…a win for everyone.
Today I will be using this slot for my first day of 13 Day Halloween Song countdown.
What better way than to start it off with “Thriller”.
Such an iconic song and Music Video and it fits perfectly with the theme.
Now this was way before my time so I didn’t really understand why this was such a big deal-the dance- the music video never looked overly impressive to me. But when I got older and realized it was a pioneer of sorts in that regard, I understood that it was really the first time anyone had done that.
Nowadays (especially in Western Music) the idea of a MV has really gone down. I think that’s why people enjoy KPOP-the quality and sets and costumes are just done like no other. It’s something you don’t get when you listen to One Direction.
Sadly despite getting paid I have not been able to travel-this weekend was mostly spent in a 7 hour rehearsal and then being lazy on Sunday.
However this upcoming Saturday I am finally going to the Lotte Family Concert in Jamsil (AKA I get to see Mamamoo and EXO!!!!!!!!! Can you guess I’m excited?)
But the following week I finally have some time and the means to go to Goyang. I’ve been wanting to go hiking for a while and especially now that the leaves are starting to turn colors (this sadly did not happen in Seoraksan because it was still very warm at the time I went).
I also wanted to get a feel for the area up there as I plan on trying to find a job there this coming March.
So that’s it-a short post but nothing too exciting has been happening lately. Tomrrow I will update with the second day of my 13 days of Halloween countdown.