What South Korean Students know about American Music

So, it being Friday and all I chose to introduce a few music videos to my 6th graders. No big deal as I figured they would know the typical names thrown around the world. After writing “What do you know about American Music?” on the board, I got answers like “rock. you raise me up (which immediately made me laugh thinking about DanceWorks days at ‘cuse); Michael Jackson; Madonna; Justin Beiber; Lady Gaga; Insomnia; Over the rainbow; Everyday I’m shufflin’; and a few more that escape me at the moment.

So I had students write “We think it was ? and ?” practicing their usage of “What do you know about?” and “I think____”

Video #1 was PSY and MC Hammer

Video #2 was M.J. – Smooth Criminal (the full 10 min version)

Video #3 was Beyonce – Let’s Move

Video #4 was Maroon 5 – Moves like Jagger.

The day had been going along fine when my overly exposed to pop and western culture boys of 6-2 came in. Tae Min (one of my faves) came in with his deep raspy and loud voice and said “O O O, American Music” and proceeded to point it out to the funniest kid (and my other fave) in 6th grade Chun E. They realize what it says and run up to me…

Chun E stops dead in his tracks standing 1 foot away from me and says “O Mia Teacher, American Music?! FUCK THE POLICE” fuck-the-police-women-s-t-shirt-625

When I tell you I had a split second where I wanted to scream, but I quickly found the adult in me and said “what?” he of course said it again. I said “NO Don’t say that. That’s bad!” They then started to say it in a way that wasn’t the way N.W.A. had intended and I turned around a left. I CANT!

As the class went on, I couldn’t believe what had just happened and was pretty much in shock for the rest of the day.

Reason 241234 why I will most certainly miss my 6th graders come February!


2013 General Forecast – The year of the Black Snake

2013 horoscope: Planets in 2013 year of the black Snake

2013 is the year of the black Snake begins on February 10th shortly after the New moon in Aquarius, the humanitarian of the zodiac. This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create.

The snake is a studious creature. Preferring quiet predictability to ruckus and mayhem. Peaceful solitude is also a Saturn preference. It’s not surprising that Saturn has such a strong influence during the year of the Snake.

In 2013 horoscope Saturn is in harmonious relationship to Mercury, planet of communications; Neptune, our connection to the cosmic whole; and Chiron, the wounded healer. The Trine is a supportive aspect, an aspect of past earned easy situations. A blessing, also known as Grace. But Saturn is still into hard work. It’s heavy even when it’s good. A new-found ambition to greatness will inspire you to be all you can be, and provide you with the follow through to actually achieve your goals. Saturn knows how to take on responsibility. And, the year of the Snake also supports added responsibility,

During the 2013 Snake year be prepared to feel like you are on shaky ground. Not quite settled. Uranus is active this year and likes to shake us out of false realities with sudden shocks- lightning bolt change can occur when Uranus comes out to play. Out of the blue realizations create major change. Mars is just itching to go through all this. It makes for super tense times. But also creates movement and growth.

Be extra careful with your work this 2013 year of the black Snake. Signing documents of any kind requires very thorough attention. 2013 horoscope predict it is a good year to begin important detail work. Research and investigation are supported. The Snake has sneaky energy that can be to your advantage. Look for the holes in the loop.

Deep transformation and healing are often represented by the Snake. Moreover according to general 2013 horoscope Pluto exposes what is hidden through a deep revealing of subconscious material. Slowly we begin to see the reasons for things, we understand the root cause of some dysfunction. Just like the snake, slowly we shed our skin. We become shiny and new as we acknowledge and release the past.

Create a safe space to work from this 2013 year. The Snake likes protection, needs to feel safe and secure to utilize its special analytical skills. This is the year to make headway in slow and methodical ways. Saturn will assist this effort as well. Things will definitely be accomplished as you focus forward.

There is no need to put yourself out there. Consider this 2013 year to focus within. You won’t be drawn to social situations as you are more interested in serious progress not superficial chit chat. Allow yourself withdrawal as it is necessary to self reflect and ponder situations.

Celebrate the 2013 year of the black Snake with dark colored clothing. Honor this transformative beginning with a day positive thoughts. It is tradition to place a pine twig out to represent the Snake. In mythology the Snake often represented healing of the physical body while shifting to a more spiritual outlook. Expect a true release of past blockages this 2013 year. A great deal of quite progress can be made in the 2013 year of the Snake with the help of the planetary energy. Slow and steady wins the race in 2013 year of Snake.

Source: http://www.gotohoroscope.com/2013-yearly-horoscope.html

3 months in South Korea, prt. 1

Practice for Sports Day back in September when it was still WARM 😦

My 3 co-teachers and the rest of my school 🙂

A drawing by my 3rd grader. There specific instructions as to what color and size things should be but the creativity was all her own

My 4th graders found words they could understand from the BBC.com website right after Obama was re-elected. We watched the broadcast live while they wrote…

“4th graders of Obama – 2012”

1 of the many cute shirts Korea has to offer

A letter from E-Jin to Obama

2 5th graders and a 4th grade boy posing before their performance on Performance Day.

My 5th grader likes me :)

Oh Happy Day. He’s a sweetie too.

Syracuse University in South Korea: The 2012 College Fair held at the Yongsan Military base hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., ROK Alumnae Chapter

This past weekend, I traveled to Seoul for a chance to represent the Alma Mater that I love, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY. The fair was held on the Yongsan Military base.  This fair is held every year and invites children of ALL ages to come and learn about schools back in the states. Usually the teachers and military people represent their schools and talk to anyone who inquires about their experience, cost, requirements and overall feeling about the school.

It was a great experience and it felt good to not only represent ‘Cuse but to talk to people all the way over in South Korea about the ‘cuse, which A LOT of the parents and many of the students already knew about the school.  I shared the table with Monico Doctor, class of ’87 and it was amazing to see how much the school had changed and grown between ’87 and ’06.

If you are planning on coming to South Korea to teach in the future, definitely try and find out how you can be a part of the college fair.

Since I didn’t have the pic I took at the ‘cuse table I decided to post the nicely photoshopped picture of the campus at night. GO CUSE! LOL

This is my friend Jazmyne representing San Diego State University. If you direction your attention to the right of your screen, you will see the orange balloons of the GREAT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY TABLE.

Howard University came out to win best decorated table and had about 5-6 representatives present.