I rode the subway to northern Seoul (a 2 hr ride) to Asia Pacific International School (APIS) and spoke in two sessions--3rd-5th graders and kindergarten - 2nd grades.
Upon arriving, I felt very welcome, as the kids outside for recess immediately knew who I was and said, "Hi Tina Cho." It was weird hearing my first name, because as a teacher, everyone calls me Mrs. Cho. The elementary principal was very welcoming and gave me a tour since I was a little early.
I used Google slides, which made it very easy to sign into the teacher's computer, and my presentation was waiting. I lugged a 6 lb or 3 kg bag of rice on the subway, go figure, so that kids could feel how heavy the rice hanging on each balloon was. (Thanks, Creating School Visits Facebook group for the ideas.) I read my book, had the Q&A time, and then did a little presentation about writing and publishing books. The older students started working on a great craft that my friend Laura Baker Mun developed and said we could use.
I gave bookmarks to the older kids, and they had me autograph them. The younger students were enthralled with the history of North & South Korea and asked many questions like --"Why was there a war? Why is Kim Jong Un mean?" To which another little kid gave the answer--"because his mom and dad were mean." Yep, that pretty much sums up the problem. :P Just love kids and their thinking.
I give a shout-out to my awesome husband who rode with me to the school b/c he thinks I would get lost in the massive subway system. ♥
Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!