Same as usual for a Wednesday. Long day starting at 5:30 and finishing after the Korean lesson at 10:00. Still the students are trudging up and down the street outside the buildings guffawing, singing, and talking excitedly, and the traffic is buzzing by too.
I'm very drowsy but it was necessary to do this, eat a bit more and prepare for the night. I wouldn't be able to sleep right away, regardless, with all the racket going on outside. It's a problem, especially now that the weather is getting warm and windows must be open.
Work is busy now that we are in the middle of the semester, but I really enjoy these students. I have a great rapport and we have a serious but enjoyable time, mixing and little playfulness with sound lessons. It's great that they are so eager to learn and learn well. I feel blessed to have this kind of experience with students.
Not much time to think of other things besides work and personal responsibilities. In fact, the multitasking and fatigue has been making me forgetful this week, and I have to be reminded of things I am supposed to do or where I am at. The students seem understanding.
I can mention that the teacher's network (TEA-KOR) has been asked by organizers of an international labor solidarity meeting set for early May to send in a video recorded message of solidarity. We were asked to attend in person of course, but it is not very easy to get away from work around that time of year. Since these organizers want to impress young people, I've asked S to take care of the task, and he is eager to do it. He is in his late 20s and is a solid politically progressive guy. It's been nice having him stand in and take up some of the leadership roles. Unfortunately, he plans to leave the country in the summer. However, he is in the peace network comprised of Canadians and I am sure he will play a role in that organization.
I have to wind things down and try to rest now.