Monthly Archives: April 2007

Friday's Feast


How fast can you type?

I haven’t been tested in a long time – but pretty freaking fast. The last time I tested I was over 90 WPM with 98% accuracy. Now I would guess that my speed is up but my accuracy is down.

What is your favorite online game?

I used to play Neopets all the time… but I have been neglecting it lately.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 as highest), how intelligent do you think you are?

I don’t think this will suprise anyone – but I think I’m pretty damned smart (and not all that ashamed about letting you know it, too!) I’m just happy that I was given something, you know?  I wasn’t stuck behind the barn door when everything was being given out. I would give myself a 9.5.

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Name three of your best teachers from your school years.

Mrs. Doucette (kindergarten), Mr. Monych (grade 11 social studies), and Kate Sutherland (Women’s Lit, uni).

What are your plans for this upcoming weekend?

Going out tonight for beers with John. Might have to go out tomorrow night for Kees’ b-day extravaganza!

Never Dreamt I Would Send Love to Maine One Day

And yet… here I am!  Today the most remarkable package came from the most remarkable person. Britney!  THANK YOU!  I was unbelievably pleased and surprised at the box of love I received. Birthday and Easter come together at last to form a joyous box of love!  I’m really excited to finally see Top Gun, and I’m touched that you remembered!  I’m so happy with all the treats and thoughtfulness.  Thanks again… you are amazing and I miss you lots!

Friday's Feast


What is your favorite kind of bread?

French toast.

When was the last time you bought a new pillow?

Not that long ago, actually. I often blame my sleep issues on the comfort of my pillows. Also, do you know how much dead skin and such a pillow collects in just a few months?? SICK.

Approximately how many hours per week do you spend surfing the ‘net?

Oh jeez… a lot. I would say probably 8 or 9 hours (sometimes more) per week. Not including watching streaming TV shows.

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What’s the highest you remember your temperature being?

105 F once when I had severe strep throat. I don’t really remember that though – I was hallucinating and such at the time.

Fill in the blanks:  When I ____________, I _____________.

When I mow the lawn, I enjoy drinking a beer when it is finished.

The Transportation Museum

I’m not sure anymore whether I love field trips or hate them. On one hand, it is something different and it isn’t teaching. On the other, trying to keep ten kids together is often like trying to keep your sandcastle from sliding into the ocean when the tide comes in.
Today we went to the Transportation Museum which was beside Everland. How cruel! Korea’s largest amusement park just steps away, and we were going into a flipping museum.  It turned out to be fun though, and at least we weren’t so close that we could smell the carmel corn.
On the way there I was sitting beside Emily on the bus (she was my partner).  She’s a funny little kid. She was eating her snack (hot sause flavoured chips that were shaped like crabs, I shit you not) and occasionally sticking out her tongue to show me her food (which I couldn’t get mad at her for, as I taught her that trick… oopsie).  Victoria and Stephanie were sitting in the seat in front of us. Victoria kept sticking her hand back beside the window and asking Emily to share her crab chips. Which Emily did. It cracked me up though when Victoria had asked for the hundredth time and Emily finally just shoved the whole bag at her.  The best part was that Emily knew that what she did was funny. Which is why I like her.
The museum itself was pretty cool. There were a lot of cool cars… you can check out Flickr to see ’em.  My favourite moment of the entire day though was when I asked where the bathroom was:
"Bathrooms are beside the Delorean"
Best answer ever!!


I Heart Vocabulary Tests

Not only do I get to stand there and daydream for about ten minutes instead of teach while the kids are gloriously silent… sometimes they write down the funniest sentences. Shame I have to mark them, or vocab tests would be my favourite thing!
From Barbie for "cunning":
The cunning squirrel took my nut.
From Lily for "embraced":
My mother embraced my father. Yuck!

Happy Birthday

Before I toss some of the birthday cards I got (I don’t keep stuff like that forever… sorry), I thought I would type out some of the messages I got from the kids.
To Jodi Teacher. Happy birthday Jodi Teacher. I love you for ever. I am happy you are my teacher again. Wishing you many happy superises on your birthday. From Victoria (kindergarten)
Happy bithday Jodi Teacher. I love you. -Emily- (kindergarten)
Happy Birthday!!! Jodi Teacher!! I love you!  From Lauren (kindergarten)
(front) Happy Birthday! Birthday cake (with an arrow to the picture) (inside) Happy Birthday! Jodi Teacher  To Jodi Teacher Have a nice day! I love you. From Eric (kindergarten)
Jodi Teacher  Happy birthday! I made a book for you! The tittle is "The Great Tulip trade." You can read anytime you want. From: Alice (2:30, 8 years old)
Oona had her class do a card for me.  They are 8 years old. Here are their messages:
Thank you for teacing us! Jenn(2)!
I am 6 years old. Thank you for teaching me in your class. Chris
We love you very much! Judy
Happy Brithday Jodi Teacher! Jenny 1
Have a nice day!  Ohryong
Happy Birthday Jodi Teacher (Will)
The best though was from Jenny 2, a child in my Tuesday/Thursday grammar class that drives me crazy because she never does her homework… or listens in class. But she did give me the best birthday card ever.  It is a re-gifted Christmas card. It has "to Jenny" and "from Dylan" crossed out. Then Jenny wrote the following:
to Jodiy Techer
I love you
Jodiy Techer
from Jenny (2)
Then she drew some… well, I think she wanted them to be tulips but they look like hands giving me the finger. Well done, wee monkey! Well done!

Smart Little Monkeys

I’ve been making the monthly tests for my monsters when I realized something tonight: they are actually pretty fucking smart. I usually make jokes about them being retarded monkeys (and, for the most part, I feel like that description is fairly accurate) but then when it comes down to it, I suppose I should admit that they are actually pretty smart. And when I think that some of the kids (like Lily in my 5:30 class) can nearly ace a test like I give (97% on the last one!) I’m so freaking proud of them you can’t even imagine it.

I want to post the questions I am asking my 5:30 class here in my blog. Now, this may not be very interesting for those of you reading my blog (and, perhaps, some of you will stop after this post), but it may help me remember just what these kids had to do a few years from now.  Remember… these kids are 9 years old.  I expect full sentence answers out of them. In fact, I expect them to write paragraphs.  Here is the test.


For this part they have to pick 10 words to make sentences of 7 words or more.  The sentences have to show me that they understand the meaning of the word and then be grammatically solid (although not perfect) and interesting.

::Reading Comprehension::

1. In “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears”, the authors use made-up words like “mek”, “krik”, “kili wili”, and “KPOA!”.  Why do you think the authors use these words? When do they use them?  How do they make the story more interesting?

2. How is “Lon Po Po” like “Little Red Riding Hood”? How is “Lon Po Po” like other fairy tales? Which ones does it remind you of?  Please use specific examples from the story.

3. How much sleep do you get each night?  What kinds of things make you sleep badly or lose sleep? Why is sleep important?

4. Do you think laughter is important for good health?  Why or why not? How does laughing make you feel? What makes you laugh?

5. What is the meaning of your Korean name?  If you do not know, how could you learn the meaning of your Korean name?  Do you like your Korean name? Do you like your English name?  If you would like a new Korean or English name, what name would you choose?

6. How are table customs in Korea different than Canada and the USA?  How are they the same?  Are they the same as Thailand? What is different?  What is not polite to do at the table in Korea?

7. If our class was going to perform the play “The Crowded House”, which character would you want to be and why?  How does your character feel at the beginning, middle, and end of the play?

8. Who was your favorite character in Tom Sawyer? Why? How would the story be different if they were not in it?

9. Tom Sawyer has many adventures. Which adventure did you like the most? Why? Do you wish you could go on adventures like that?  What adventures do you have?

10. Many of the adults in “Tom Sawyer” think Tom is not a very good little boy.  What do you think? Are there times in the book when Tom is good? What are they? When is he not very good? Do you think Tom is smart? How do you know?


Lon Po Po is a Chinese story much like Little Red Riding Hood. Tell YOUR OWN version of a story like Little Red Riding Hood. Some things should be the same; but most things should be different!

Reading over these questions, I don’t know whether I should feel like an extremely mean teacher… or a kick ass one.

So It Goes

Recently one of America’s greatest writers passed away – Kurt Vonnegut Jr. His work is amazing. I’m sorry that he’s gone, although he lived a long time. For, as Mike put it, it was as though he had more to say.  Vonnegut was a humourist; a humanist; a satirical man who could point out the worst in people while still hopeful for finding the best. He made a lot of good points. It is a shame that he will not be making more. Here are some of my favourites, but there are many more:
"My soul knows my meat is doing bad things, and is embarrassed. But my meat just keeps right on doing bad, dumb things."
"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be."
"Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous."
"Roses are red and ready for plucking
You’re sixteen and ready for high school."
"Listen: I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different."
"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center."

"Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything."

"We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap."

"Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God."

"So it goes."

"Ta ta and adios. Or, as Saint Peter said to me with a sly wink, when I told him I was on my last-round trip to Paradise: ‘See you later, Alligator.’"

Lucky Moms!

I just wanted to wish my moms and Harv a safe trip to California and a kick-ass fun time in Disneyland!

Friday's Feast


When you were a child, which crayon color was your favorite?

Before I was four it was green. After that; red.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest), how likely would you be to change jobs if it required you to move?


Take all the numbers in your birthday and your phone number and add them up, one by one. What’s the total?

The total is… 67.

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Have you ever “re-gifted” anything? If so, what was it and who did you pass it on to?

Yes, but not before I came to Korea. I’ve given a fan to my moms (she knew it was a regift though!) and a tea set to Vic.

Name something you need from the store.

I *need* food. I will probably buy perfume.