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.


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

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