As my last week has approached, a couple of my kids have surprised me by saying things like, “Teacher, miss you!!” and making hearts with their hands.
I even had one girl bring me a very unexpected note.
I was super touched by this, especially because it came at a time when I was feeling despair at having made an impact on these kids at all as most of them had seemed quite blasé when I announced my decision to leave.
Today were my final classes with four of my grades. It was with a measure of relief that I finished these. No prickles of tears or waves of sad: all the more reason why I believe I’m not meant to be a teacher.
To my great surprise though, after one of the classes a grade six girl came to find me so she could give me this:
My co-teacher translated that it was a worry doll, that I tell my worries to it so I can feel better. To my own surprise, I did feel a tear at this. I’ll be keeping it forever.
I also had my student Stable/Olivia/Yubin come to my office with a Google – translated message on her phone wishing me well and thanking me for teaching.
In all it’s weird to think it’s the final week; tomorrow I have my last day at my second school, Seok Seong, and Friday is my final day at Uam with my grades three and four. After this, I have six days of camp and then I’m outta there! (Well, still in Korea – just on vacation).
I’ll update with some goodbye photos on Friday, but just wanted to do a quick update for the moment.
Until next time!