Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Work, Work, Work

A lot has happened in the past few...whatever. I don't even remember the last time I wrote a blog.

  • Although my work hours are officially from 8:00am to 4:00pm, I've been staying at least an hour later pretty much everyday. Today I had five classes and only one period in the middle on the day to plan and prepare for other classes. Last week was actually worse, because immediately after my last class I had yet another "English conversation" session with a first grader's mom. Thankfully, my former English supervisor from my previous school had cancelled practice with the Rock Band club, so I didn't need to leave right after that, and just stayed at work to...work.
  • Speaking of the Rock Band Club, this past Saturday I performed as their vocalist. That's because they don't have a rock vocalist, and before I transferred I said I'd help them with their performance. The best part of that was that I didn't tell anyone at my current school that I would be there, so the students who came were puzzled about why I showed up, and with students from a different school. They were shocked once I got on stage. Personally I think I did a terrible job singing, but hopefully no one noticed. At least I remembered the lyrics. :)
  • You'd think that, as a fourth year ALT, I'd be spending LESS time on lesson plans. Nope. I recently took a series of online TEFL courses to learn about my job, and actually learned a lot. I've been striving to become a better teacher and design better lesson plans, without it becoming some kind of crazy experiment. And following a recent English teaching conference, I've become inspired to really...know what I'm doing. I want to take my work more seriously. I'm not even sure if I want to continue teaching, but while I'm still in this field, I might as well develop the skills.
  • My grandfather--the only grandfather I got to know in my life--passed away three weeks ago. I didn't get to see him while I visited in August, but I did talk to him on the phone while I was there, and I remember his last words to me: "You know I'm really proud of you. I love you." There was just a tiny thought in the back of my mind telling me that it may be the last time I talk to him, so even though he couldn't see it, I put on my biggest smile and said, "I love you too, Grandpa." His passing led to me taking bereavement leave, which meant that I couldn't teach the students for nearly two weeks.
  • My priorities changed when I came back. I had to finish my online class, redesign previous lesson plans, and take care of other business. Cosplay was at the forefront of my mind, and now I haven't even been able to touch anything cosplay-related. I probably don't have time to order a particular costume that I wanted to get by the time I go to Korea this winter. Oh yeah, I'm going to Korea this winter.
  • Nearly every weekend since October has involved SOMETHING to do. I've been so busy that I actually have been trying to find time to NOT do anything. This weekend I'll be going to a BIGBANG concert with a friend, and then meeting with another friend on Sunday. The next weekend is the school marathon, which means yet another Saturday killed. At least I get Monday off. Meh.
  • My efforts to "do nothing" have involved playing Fire Emblem: Awakening. That game is so good that it's drawn me away from playing Dynasty Warriors AND the new Phoenix Wright for the 3DS. Seeing as those are my two favorite game franchises, you know that means a lot.
  • People still find my YouTube videos, and write comments about them. I'm done making new ones though. I'm finished. Sorry. :( It's just not gonna happen. I'm too busy living life to talk about it. If my occupation was video blogger/journalist, I'd have plenty more videos. But I'm just too fidgety to sit and talk to a camera, and THEN edit those videos myself. Writing has always been my preferred means of documentation.