I was sitting at my desk with some free time in between conferences when I heard a knock on my door. To my surprise, it was two 8th grade boys. To me they will always be my fifth graders from my first class here in Korea. It was a fun year, full of adventure and of course some drama. I really do miss all of them. There are a handful that are still at the school, while many of them have moved to other countries and other schools.
They came to my room after hearing the news that I’m leaving our school. They asked me why I was leaving. One of them seemed to understand, he has always been very mature. The other student asked me when I would come back to Korea and our school. I explained that it has been four years here in Korea and it’s time to move on.
We start remembering the different kids from our class and the memories we have. We were called Team Eureka. We talked about their favorite soccer players they used to always mention. When they saw the stuffed animals, Winnie-the-Pooh, Eeyore and Tigger, sitting in the front of my classroom, they asked if I still throw them around. I told them that I still play that game with my students.
I discussed plans with them for a reunion for our original 5th grade class. They planned to make a Facebook event to invite all the kids. Hopefully, all the kids that are still in Korea will be able to get together. I look forward to hanging out with them one last time before I leave. I can’t wait too see how much they’ve grown, matured and changed in the past 4 years.