Teacher-Mother

Teaching is one of those jobs that completely wears me down by the end of the day. Makes my ankles ache. Makes my knees feel like they are going to buckle from the sheer dead weight. Makes my head throb. Makes my voice raise. Makes my eyes glare in that infamous Lively Look that was…

Not your average PTA; not your average cup of soup

Annyong! Lindsay here. We had yet another interesting weekend in Korea as we are starting to see our time slip away here and are trying to pack in as much as humanly possible on the weekends. It seems every Monday we both breathe a collective sigh as we finally get a little rest. Last weekend…

Sights from the Science Festival

Songwon Elementary School held their annual science festival today so Whit and I brought the camera and took photos of our kids having fun. We couldn’t help but be proud that this is the elementary school that produced the first female Korean astronaut, who probably first fell in love with science on a day like…

First day of first grade

Heeelllo! How are you today?!? Happy? Happppppppppppy? Excited?!?!?!?!? ME TOO!!!!! I AM SOOOO HAPPY TO MEET YOU! Let’s introduce ourselves!! My name is Lindsay Teacher. Yes, it looks like “SAY” but really it’s LIND-Z. Can you say ZEEEEEE???? Front-row boy now buzzing like a bee. YES! That’s it! Where am I from? I am from…

Sounds like heaven!

Those were the words out fifth grade student Jay’s mouth this week after reading about how kids in Canada and America eat pizza for lunch. “Pizza?!? And sandwiches?!? Oh my!” she said, taking a moment from her busy day to really imagine what it must be like. “All we get is rice and soup and…

Don’t ya come back no more…

Today is our 6th graders’ graduation. We did not go. Though we went last year (because I actually liked those sixth graders and I wanted to experience a Korean graduation ceremony) we did not feel the need to experience it again.So, we’re heading off to Yeoso for the Valentines weekend. Yeoso is a city on…

Teacher. Game!

I knew I looked rough this morning when Whit turned to me 10 minutes before our first class started and said, “You look like I feel.” And that’s how our first week back is going. It’s easy, don’t get me wrong. I love saying sit down approximately 1,000 times in the course of 8 hours….

I wish we had been absent that day

I Googled Lindsay’s name tonight and I wasn’t disappointed. It showed up alongside my name with lots of Korean writing. Thinking I was clicking on last year’s half-marathon results, I found something much better: Songwon Elementary’s yearbook. We look a little like day and night. Or the angel of life and the dark night. Whitaltizer선생님(영어)…

Catch this phrase!

We had a delightfully fun day at English camp today. Our good friends Sam and Rik let us borrow their game of Catchphrase. If you don’t know Catchphrase then you’ve never spent an evening at the Nash house. This game of describing words to your teammates against the ticking timebomb timer has resulted in fits…

Teacher come on

Annyong!Sometimes Whit and I wish January would last forever. In our world, it’s a great month to be alive. Half days, 4 students, lots of snow, lots of free time, and vacations on both ends of the month.So what’s going on at school here? Well, the kids are on winter break, their longest break of…