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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3060 on: December 07, 2016, 08:31:12 AM »
Do I really, really want to do this for another year? Can I do this for another f*%king year, or will I lose it and end up in jail"?

I am so up and down at the moment with this... it has gone from one week "yes, I can" and one week "dear god no", and now this is changed to at least three times a day....

I love my job, people are going to die, what a great lesson, I wish these little shi*s would shut up and pi** off, I like living in Korea, I hate this damn place.

I regret signing on for another year and found myself wanting to jump out of a tall building on several occasions, to put it mildly. It's not Korea that I hate; it's the job. In fact, I'll be staying in Korea for a few months after my contract ends, maybe until June or July, but I will absolutely not be staying another year as a GET.

I am in the same boat. For financial reasons i am signing on for another year. This makes it worse because i was convinced that this was my last year and saw light at the end of the tunnel. Unlike others, i have a pretty good gig here. I just feel that Korea as a whole is slowly sucking the life out of me with each passing year. Makes me wonder if it's worth it.

I will be signing on for my third year, and yes, I feel like Korea is sucking the life out of me. I have had a tough year (CT wise) and am not sure if another year is going to do me any good. I am struggling with confidence regarding my teaching skills since I have been systematically chipped away at. Also, the whole biting my tongue/not having an opinion/being a doormat is entirely out of character for me, but it is what I have to do to keep the peace. I am going the EPIK route again and will be placed elsewhere, but I am terrified that I just won't be able to cut it for another year.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3061 on: December 07, 2016, 08:46:55 AM »
They set up an outdoor rink at the Olympic Gate at Olympic Park every year as well. Even a bit farther than Lotte World for you but significantly cheaper.
I'll look into those places. Has anyone been to the one at DMC? I have seen it, but never skated there.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3062 on: December 07, 2016, 09:00:00 AM »
Parents are jerks. Our after school English program is getting cut and the parents found out yesterday so half the kids are weeping around the school today because their parents are pulling them from this school to go elsewhere. Somehow the kids decided its my fault that they have to move even tho I'll be at the same school one day a week next year and I would have prefered to stay teaching after school classes! GAH!

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« Reply #3063 on: December 07, 2016, 09:22:02 AM »
Headphone-less teacher is watching a bird video today. So not only do I get to listen to a loud Chinese narrator, but I also get to listen to birds honking.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3064 on: December 07, 2016, 09:34:24 AM »
cough cough cough sneeze sneeze

my head feels like lead and I'm headachey but I'm pretty sure I can't take any painkillers because of the meds the internal medicine doc gave me. I'm super drowsy and I don't know if it's due to the cold or the dramamine.

I only teach two classes today, should I tell my cot I need to use early sick leave?

The memoir I'll write about my year in Korea: Constantly Sick and Miserable

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3065 on: December 07, 2016, 09:44:38 AM »
I just lost an arm wrestling match to a grade 6 boy.

Where is my life going?  :cry:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3066 on: December 07, 2016, 09:47:15 AM »
I just lost an arm wrestling match to a grade 6 boy.

Where is my life going?  :cry:

Lol. One of my 4th graders wanted to arm wrestle me but they don't understand using just the arm to wrestle and use their whole bodies so I declined.

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« Reply #3067 on: December 07, 2016, 09:48:53 AM »
I just lost an arm wrestling match to a grade 6 boy.

Where is my life going?  :cry:

No shame in that. Some grade six kids are huge and have youth on their side.

Not that I've ever lost to a sixth grader.

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« Reply #3068 on: December 07, 2016, 09:49:05 AM »
I just lost an arm wrestling match to a grade 6 boy.

Where is my life going?  :cry:
I used to love arm wrestling my students because when I would inevitably win, it would establish my dominance in the classroom.

Now I work with mostly high school boys and I stay waaaay out of it.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3069 on: December 07, 2016, 10:01:40 AM »
Parents are jerks. Our after school English program is getting cut and the parents found out yesterday so half the kids are weeping around the school today because their parents are pulling them from this school to go elsewhere. Somehow the kids decided its my fault that they have to move even tho I'll be at the same school one day a week next year and I would have prefered to stay teaching after school classes! GAH!

The kids didn't decide it was your fault, the school probably threw you under the bus to save face.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3070 on: December 07, 2016, 11:35:08 AM »
My CTs gone full cookoo.

She's decided teaching the boys is too much work. She's moved all of them to the back of the room and placed all the girls directly at the front because they deserve it or some such nonsense.

As you can imagine, chaos ensued.

Then, I'm making a big pot of coffee for the afternoon after lunch. I'm putting a filter in she runs up has a lil bicker about the filter removes it and makes coffee without the filter. Spared slightly by the fact that I put a ton of water in and she for some odd reason decided one scoop of coffee beans was good. It looks like water from a ditch.

This is the first mixed coffee I've had in like 2 years.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3071 on: December 07, 2016, 11:41:25 AM »
Shut.  The.  Door.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3072 on: December 07, 2016, 11:46:01 AM »
She's decided teaching the boys is too much work. She's moved all of them to the back of the room and placed all the girls directly at the front because they deserve it or some such nonsense.

Nice. I didn't know we could do that~

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« Reply #3073 on: December 07, 2016, 11:52:28 AM »
My CTs gone full cookoo.

She's decided teaching the boys is too much work. She's moved all of them to the back of the room and placed all the girls directly at the front because they deserve it or some such nonsense.

As you can imagine, chaos ensued.

Then, I'm making a big pot of coffee for the afternoon after lunch. I'm putting a filter in she runs up has a lil bicker about the filter removes it and makes coffee without the filter. Spared slightly by the fact that I put a ton of water in and she for some odd reason decided one scoop of coffee beans was good. It looks like water from a ditch.


This is the first mixed coffee I've had in like 2 years.

One of my CT's cooks her lunch in the electric kettle. Luckily there is a Cafe across the street thats cheap plus 500 won discount takeout. So I just go over there after I eat and grab a latte.

She's decided teaching the boys is too much work. She's moved all of them to the back of the room and placed all the girls directly at the front because they deserve it or some such nonsense.

Nice. I didn't know we could do that~

Probably not a good idea to put all the animals together in one pen....

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3074 on: December 07, 2016, 11:52:47 AM »
Shut.  The.  Door.

+1

I love being able to see my breath while walking through the halls. smfh

I close a door or a window to see them wide open, AGAIN,  minutes later. face in palm

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« Reply #3075 on: December 07, 2016, 11:54:22 AM »
Shut.  The.  Door.

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I love being able to see my breath while walking through the halls. smfh

I close a door or a window to see them wide open, AGAIN,  minutes later. face in palm

Just run the heater with the windows open!!!  :rolleyes:

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« Reply #3076 on: December 07, 2016, 12:14:18 PM »
She's decided teaching the boys is too much work. She's moved all of them to the back of the room and placed all the girls directly at the front because they deserve it or some such nonsense.

Nice. I didn't know we could do that~
If I had the option of doing something like that, I would place all the boys on the other side of the classroom door.
I work in an all boys' middle school.  :smiley:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3077 on: December 07, 2016, 02:23:26 PM »
She's decided teaching the boys is too much work. She's moved all of them to the back of the room and placed all the girls directly at the front because they deserve it or some such nonsense.

Nice. I didn't know we could do that~
I wish I could kick the boys out of my class and just teach the girls. My shoulder is sore from when I pulled a muscle earlier stopping a knock-down drag-out fight between two 4th grade boys.

I do have a few poorly behaved girls but most of the boys are bad. Why are the boys so much worse than the girls? Is it like this in other countries? I really think they need recess, and having to wait until 1:15 to each lunch doesn't help either.

Rant: My new coteacher is treating my like an ornament. I'm hoping it will get better in the 2.5 weeks we have left, but it's frustrating when I'm trying to explain something or ask the kids a question and she talks over me and pretends I'm not there.

Edit: Why are things so unchangeable here. The 6th graders have a writing test scheduled for the end of next week (one of those easy and tiny tests that they could probably do with their eyes closed), but we haven't even started that lesson yet. So we're just going to jump into the writing part of the lesson and tell them what they need to know for the test. Teaching for tests and not for understanding is one of my pet peeves. And of course we can't change the date for the test because it has already been submitted to the principal.

I think today is one of those weird days where trying to understand the different culture is getting on my nerves and I have to keep quiet, smile, and say "OK," or else I'll just get more annoyed with everything.

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« Reply #3078 on: December 07, 2016, 02:44:09 PM »
The male teacher who shares my office has been listening to tennis matches on his cell phone for the past hour. No headphones. I honestly cannot fathom his complete disregard for everyone else in the office.

In other news (completely unrelated, I swear!) I've managed to whittle a shank from a colored pencil.


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« Reply #3079 on: December 08, 2016, 07:44:58 AM »
I just lost an arm wrestling match to a grade 6 boy.

Where is my life going?  :cry:

Lol. One of my 4th graders wanted to arm wrestle me but they don't understand using just the arm to wrestle and use their whole bodies so I declined.

Do ya'll even lift?