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Today as I prepared to teach 2.9, one of my loudest, most boisterous, and largest second grade boys’ classes, the students told me that two of their classmates were missing. I asked why, and they all screamed out “psychopathhhh!” I chose to ignore it for obvious reasons.

Right at the end of class, the two missing boys came in, and yelled “HIIII” at the top of their lungs. I asked the louder one why he missed my class.

“Oh. They think I’m psychopath.”
“Yes. They do a brain test to check for de-de-de- maybe suicide?”
“Yes. The percentage that I maybe do suicide.”
“… I hope that percentage was low?”
“Yes don’t worry teacher, I’m fine! GOODBYEEEEEEE.”

That broke my heart a little.

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  1. Avatar July 11th, 2012 at 12:46 pm Em in Asia! » Blog Archive » All Things That Surround Me Says:

    […] picture of both classes, as well as a few individual and group shots. One of the students I had blogged about previously, the one who was being tested for depression, was one of the volunteers. Earlier I […]

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안녕하세요! My name is Emily and when I started this blog I had received a 2010 – 2011 F*lbright grant to teach English in South Korea.  I then decided to apply to renew my grant, so I am now staying in Korea until July 2012. This blog is not an official F*lbright Program blog, and the views expressed are my own and not those of the F*lbright Program, the U.S. Department of State or any of its partner organizations.

I graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Philosophy Pre-Law and Classical Civilizations, and found myself 3 months later teaching English at SGHS. The town that I taught in, SG, is a small town of 12,000 people, an “읍” (eup) rather than a “시” (shi – city), and though it was sometimes hard teaching in such a small town I really enjoyed the unique experience of being the first foreign teacher SGHS had ever had. I lived in the largest part of the county which is significantly bigger (40,000 people) than the town the school is situated in, but is also considered rural by Korean standards.

During my second grant period (2011-2012) I decided to change schools and I currently teach at CPHS which is located in an even smaller town than previously, in Jeollanamdo.

This blog is meant to serve as a reflection not only of being a Native English Speaking teacher in Korea, but also of living as a foreigner in rural Korea.