Visiting a High School

Visiting High School

 Yesterday I had the fortunate opportunity to visit Uijeongau High School.  One of the students who graduated from the IGSE University, who is taking my 2 week workshop, is a high school teacher and invited me to come work with her school.  She works in a public high school and it is an all boys school.  

First of all coming from NYC I noticed right away how large the campus of this school is. Not only are the buildings large with large classroom space but the campus has a beautiful field and spans the entire block.  And the lunch! Everyone stops to eat between 12:30-1:30, together. And the lunch is home made and delicious! We had noodles, riche, chicken and vegetables, soup and yogurt.

In both classes, I planned to facilitate theatre games – both planning to allow them space to build ensemble but also to practice their English.  In both classes it also lead into a conversation it lead to a discussion on the impact of their choices and how it can affect a community. 

I noticed right away how respectful everyone was of teachers. Even as we walked through the hallway the students stepped aside and bowed as we passed.  In addition when the students entered the room and said goodbye. It was a little hard to get used to, in fact so different than American culture. 

I also noticed how similar children are all over the world. These students for the most part were very good and listened very well but of course there were the one or two who were acting silly.  They also loved to laugh and were very curious about students their age in the US. 

It was such a great experience!

 To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination. 
-Bell Hooks

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