I woke up this morning to an email in my inbox from my new school. It listed my visa number and my new position at their school.
I am going to teach math to 1st graders. When I first read this I was a bit shocked, since I really wanted 4th grade and up. But I don't want to make a stink about it and so I will accept what has been given to me. I knew I wanted my next job to be a challenge, and well here it is. Thankfully, I know the class size will be 15 - 17 students. So at least I know management will not be too much of a worry.
When I went to the interview I was asked whether or not I could teach math. I jumped in with a great answer that I have always enjoyed learning math throughout college, and that it isn't always about the subject but how it is taught. I said things like I would make sure each kid is learning, having fun and excited to learn math. At that time I wasn't really thinking that I would actually end up teaching math, and now here I am facing that fact. I still believe in my words and really do want to teach it in a way that is fun and engaging for the students. Already with the things I have learned from studying my Multilevel teaching book I know I have already a basis to go by. Plus they give us the book and materials so it's not like I'll be teaching math from scratch.
However, I am scouring Amazon to look for basic math teaching books for 1st graders. Looking for something to get my mind on what lingo to use and methods that will make teaching it more effective. I have found some and they are already helping me get my mind in the area of how to teach math to kidlets.
Of course, a huge part of me wishes I had gotten a subject teaching 4th, 5th or 6th grade. Mostly because I am familiar with those grade levels. But then a part of me is excited for this challenge and has a feeling it might not be as scary as I think.
In the mean time, I have sent of my passport along with the necessary documents to the Korean consulate to get the visa stamp. Just one last step in this whole process, the last being picking up the passport and getting on the plane.
Because I just got the news of what grade and subject I will be teaching my mind is all in a dizzy. Hopefully, being excited and nervous is a good thing. I can't wait to get back to Korea and meet this challenge!