Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ping Pong

For the past two weeks, Dongbu Elementary School students in grades 4-6 have been involved in an epic ping pong battle royale.

Mr. Choi, explaining the delicate nature of the competition.Split into two divisions (boys and girls) students initially took on their own classmates, but the championship round will pit the two best of each gender against each other, regardless of grade.
Mr. Choi, my main co-teacher and Korean best friend, explains how to kick some ping pong butt!

This week marks the lead up to the final round, and every student at Dongbu is gritting their teeth in anticipation. "WHO WILL WIN?" I hear them muttering at lunch. For you see--the winners walk away with a 10,000 won gift certificate that can be used at a variety of online vendors as well as brick and mortar book stores.As is the way of things--to the victor go the spoils. And for the defeated, only humiliation, isolation, and ridicule await.

I'm not kidding--my kids are really taking it THIS seriously.

Here's a video of the end of one of the matches: >.<
The kid swinging the broom around was charged with the task of keeping people from getting too close to the action, which he took to mean "swat at 4th graders as much as you can."

May the best ping ponger win!


  1. That is so cool that your school now has ping pong tables! They say that your school is "dying," but you're getting all the neat stuff and specialized rooms! How exciting.^^ Plus, you still have more students than plenty of small ones in Andong.

    I wonder who shall win. Who's leading?

    I love the kid with the broom.

  2. The last 2 blogs are certainly endearing. The note from the girl who has a crush on you is so cute. Of course, who wouldn't have a crush on you. I remember having a crush on my 8th grade teacher. I never revealed it to him. Younger kids are so open and can give so much.

    About that ping pong game. What I noticed most was that everyone was wearing a heavy down coat to keep warm without apparant complaint. Here we boil in our classrooms and when it gets a little cold we send everyone home. We're such wimps. Today, the winds are ferocious with snow and falling temperatures. We'll be wearing our coats in class, too.

  3. Yay for coats! It snowed a wee bit here in MO and guess what? School canceled.

    That means no work for me, though =(

  4. it's cool man,hope you always lives in that spirit,success for you