Presentation and party time

Last Friday, both Micah and I (along with our respective co-teachers) gave a two- hour presentation on co-teaching effectiveness.  It was for a workshop that the Daegu Dept. of Education provides for the new EPIK teachers placed in Daegu schools.  We had to attend the same workshop last November – it was actually quite a borefest. 

The Dept. was searching for presenters about a month ago (for the spring workshop) and both Micah and I had agreed to do it.  Micah representing middle schools and I was representing elementary.  The presentation consisted of 1 hour of doing a mock lesson with your Korean co-teacher and discussing co-teaching principles.  And the second hour was a group discussion about co-teaching issues. 

My co-teacher, Minju, was a nervous wreck.  She was literally having nightmares about this presentation for the weeks leading up to it.  I tried to reassure her as much as possible by creating a visually appealing presentation and selecting a lesson that was really fun and active for us to demonstrate.  We even practiced using some 6th grade students earlier in the week.  She’s a good co-teacher, so I kept telling her she had nothing to worry about.

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Had to give our presentation in this HUGE conference room.  Not ideal, but it worked out.

In the end…both Micah and his co-teacher, and me and my co-teacher did a great job.  I think the teachers were entertained for the most part and we were able to give several tips on creating a fun, effective, co-teaching lesson plan.  I was most happy for my co-teacher.  This presentation gave her a boost of much-needed confidence.  In fact, we are presenting the same lesson again in two weeks in a city 2-hours away from us.  Talk about confidence!

After the presentation, Micah and I headed over to Minju’s new apartment.  She was throwing a housewarming party/surprise baby shower.  Remember my baby shower plans being thrown off?  While Minju prepared the food, Micah and I decorated her apartment with balloons and old “Happy Birthday” streamers.  Hey – it’s not like you’re gonna find baby shower decorations in Korea. 

baby shower

The night before, I had baked some chocolate chip blondies and some banana bread for the party.  And I had created four fun baby shower games – that all the teachers could play.  They loved it.

baby shower game

One of the games was a baby item memory game.  They had to remember the English names.  Apparently a “onesie” in Korean, translates to “astronaut suit.”  Cute.

There were five of us ladies and then Micah (the other male teacher had to work late at school).  But Micah was a great sport and had fun too.  Plus, my teachers really like Micah.  Hanna (the expectant mother) was really surprised and happy.  It was overall a great, productive, BUSY and successful day.

SAM_1293 From left to right: Hyunjoo – my 4th grade co-teacher.  Minju – my 3rd and 6th grade co-teacher.  Hanna – was my 5th grade co-teacher before she left on maternity leave. And Seunghui – my 4th and 5th grade co-teacher LAST semester.

4 Responses to “Presentation and party time”


  1. 1 Mom May 6, 2010 at 4:01 am

    What a whirl-wind day for you and Micah. So glad the presentation went so well. Only now you have the 2 hour on coming up! The shower games sounded like they would be fun with the translations…

  2. 2 madeerylou May 6, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I’m a new NET that attended the training workshop last week. I saw Micah and his co-teacher’s presentation and I thought it was really good! I enjoyed the interactive games they had us play. Thanks for putting in the time to prepare a great presentation!

  3. 3 micah May 6, 2010 at 9:40 am

    wow, what a coincidence madeerylou. Lisa’s presentation was also really great. I wish I could have seen her in action.

  4. 4 Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    My name is Mayra Lainez and I will be giving a workshop on coteaching in Ecuador. This is a new topic for discussion in the country and I think this will be the first time there will be a presentation on coteaching. I would love to show a good video of a coteaching class, do you have any suggestions?

    This workshop is for Sept. 23, 2011
    Regards,
    Mayra
    m.lainezec@gmail.com


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