For those of you that are living under a rock, last Friday was Halloween. I'm anti-Halloween* so my students lucked out and had to put up with my regular classes, but Jihyeon told her students they could dress up (if they wanted to) and let them watch a Halloween special episode of the Simpsons before playing a game.
In her class, Jihyeon gives out achievement stickers to students for the work they do, and then at the end of the term hands out prizes to the students based on how many stickers they have earned. The prizes are simple things like pencils, pens, erasers and rulers (which she pays for out of her own pocket). My mum also sent over some tiny Koalas which all the children love. Jihyeon creates prize bundles and hands them out the next day.
Here are Jihyeon's elementary students. They were all pretty excited about getting dressed up and receiving their prizes for English class.
Elementary Grade 1 phonics and basic speaking class. They were the only ones to dress up.
Elementary Grade 3/4 intermediate English class (this guy was the only student that dressed up from this class).
Watching the Simpsons Halloween episode.
*a) it's not an Australian tradition (though it is gaining some traction in Australia) and b) it is a silly excuse for children to demand and eat excessive amounts of candy.