4th grade field trip to Namsan, Chyeonggyecheon & Gyeongbokgung

Friday I had the pleasure of going on my first field trip at my new school.  The 4th grade had a great time on our Seoul tour stopping at 3 famous places.  Namsan is a mountain in the middle of the city, Chyeonggyecheon is a stream running through Seoul near city hall and Gyeongbokgung is one of the royal palaces.  I’ve been to all 3 before but it was a unique experience taking 150 kids with us and I loved seeing all of them during the day in full Spring bloom!

Our tour guide chatted away in Korean the whole day and I’m sure my students learned a lot but I was glad I had my camera to keep me busy.  I hope you enjoy these pictures from an awesome field trip with the cutest and best 4th grade ever!

 

Even though the pollution has been pretty bad the last few days we got some great views at the top of the North Seoul Tower!

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A Smoggy photo walk through Hyewha

I’m all moved into Hyewha!  Updates about the last few weeks at my awful hogwon are coming shortly but mostly I’m super excited to start my new job!  Orientation is tomorrow and I can’t wait to meet my 4th graders on Monday.

In other news I went on a stroll around my new neighborhood yesterday with my friend Susan.  She’ll be teaching 1st grade at my new school too!  The last few days we’ve had some pretty bad pollution from China which results in smoggy views but we still had a great time.  I’ll highlight Hyewha’s nightlife in a few weeks but for now you can enjoy the beautiful murals, views from Naksan Park and quaint storefronts on this hazy afternoon.

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Naksan Park

Naksan Park

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A hazy view of Namsan Tower

A hazy view of Namsan Tower

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“It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will some day give shade to people he may never meet.”

“It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will some day give shade to people he may never meet.”

– D. Elton Trueblood

This quote resonates with every inch of my teaching soul.  Fortunately, I get to see many of my seeds grow into saplings, although it is unlikely that I will be the for their full bloom.  I love inspiring my students to be the best that they can be; to help them become self-motivating and strive for excellence, if for no other reason than to show themselves that they can achieve it.  Even if only a handful get the message it will have been a worthwhile endeavor.

The world is always changing and today it appears to be doing so at a more alarming rate than ever.  Technology has skyrocketed and with it we are presented with new challenges.  Challenges that my generation and generations to come will be forced to deal with and overcome.

It is my sincere hope as a teacher that I can help prepare future generations to push through adversity.  Prepare them to be victorious in the fight against global climate change, pollution, overpopulation, social injustices and the rest of the hand that our predecessors have dealt us.

How does this quote resonate with you?  Have you ever “planted a seed” knowing that you might never see the fruits of your labor?