Lindsay here. Sorry for the lackluster performance on the blog lately, but we have been busy getting ready for the big trip home! For those of you who aren’t up on the life of Whit and Lindsay these days, we’re heading back to the States for a two-week vacation where we will get to see Whit’s sister Rebecca get married.
But back to this hemisphere…It’s been a busy week at Songwon Elementary School. After a very dramatic week last week where eight out of nine of our co-workers decided they were going to quit but in the end just shed a lot of tears and left a lot of classrooms unattended (can we say..yikes), this week we have hit the ground running.
Monday and Tuesday was the school’s annual Golden Bell English contest. It is the end-all-be-all of school competitions at Songwon, where students in each grade compete against each other to ring the golden bell beneath a party of paper confetti. More than that, it’s the pinnacle of elementary school respect. To win the Golden Bell invokes a reverent silence when your name is mentioned.
Whit and I didn’t do much of the preparations–mostly because our co-teachers were in the midst of World War III with the administration and didn’t want us to be a part of their picket line.
So we showed up Monday morning with microphones thrust in our faces and a list of questions to read to the hundreds of children sitting crossed-leg in front of us on plastic mats with markers in hand and a white board in their small laps.
Luckily, we performed well despite our lack of planning. At one point, the head English teacher turned to me and said. OK. Now. You lead Simon Says. Well I wished I could have thought up a few doozies before hand to get them all laughing and confused. But Whit says I performed well, despite the millimeter of a second I had to think about it.
I drew the line on Tuesday when the same teacher told me to sing with the kids to the musical “Mama Mia.” In the microphone. I mean. Seriously. I don’t make enough money to be ridiculed in front of 300 kids for my bad singing voice.
Now it’s Wednesday afternoon and we only have one full day of teaching left since the first through fourth graders are going on a picnic Friday (hooray!).
And then we’re heading back to your hemisphere for some family, friends, voting, Fatty Munching fun (you know who you are!) and more. We hope to see you there!