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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #380 on: July 26, 2016, 12:56:52 PM »
That's probably the ugliest cartoon baby I've ever seen  :laugh: The video creeps me out for some reason. Do the kids at least like it?

The kids really love the ball gag towards the end.  :huh:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #381 on: July 26, 2016, 01:16:20 PM »
Backstory: My CT bought a bunch of random stuff for camp. Including 10 plastic files. I typically use them for board games so the kids can write on them and I re-use the boards. I have 20 or so I've been using and cleaning for the past couple of years.

This conversation just happened with my CT;

Me: So tomorrow we're playing connect 4. they'll work in pairs get the board etc.
Her: But we only bought 10 plastic files.
Me: Nah, we're good I have mine.
Her: Yours are dirty. We only have 10 files.
Me: Okay.

Her, respectively and at an increasing volume: We only have 10 plastic files.
My responses in order.
1. Um, okay.
2. Uh...
3. ....

She just stopped talking and walked away. I'm not sure how she expects me to solve this problem for her.

Do you have a laminate machine? I usually laminate stuff like that then I can clean and use again forever.

It sounds like they are already plastic and are cleanable and reusable. The co-teacher is just unhappy with some little bit of residue that's leftover after multiple uses.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #382 on: July 26, 2016, 01:35:06 PM »


It sounds like they are already plastic and are cleanable and reusable. The co-teacher is just unhappy with some little bit of residue that's leftover after multiple uses.

I got that, I was just offering another way that they could make some more if they only have 10 plastic files. If there's a laminate machine with some laminate sheets lying around, which has always been the case for me, they could use that and not have to use the evil dirty plastic files that the co-teacher is averse to.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #383 on: July 26, 2016, 01:36:48 PM »
They are doing VERY loud construction in the rooms above, next to and below mine. I can't hear myself think nevermind teach 20 grade 3s & 4s camp (without a co-teacher).

Yeah, I remember at my very first winter camp at my first public school several years ago, there was a lot of construction going on in the cafeteria -- and the cafeteria happened to be directly below the English classroom. It was very hard to teach/do the activities over all that noise.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #384 on: July 26, 2016, 04:47:03 PM »


It sounds like they are already plastic and are cleanable and reusable. The co-teacher is just unhappy with some little bit of residue that's leftover after multiple uses.

I got that, I was just offering another way that they could make some more if they only have 10 plastic files. If there's a laminate machine with some laminate sheets lying around, which has always been the case for me, they could use that and not have to use the evil dirty plastic files that the co-teacher is averse to.

Yeah, I would do this but my camp is actually a custom English board game camp. If I laminated it I would be doing hundreds of sheets of laminate as opposed to buying 2 more clear plastic files. 

Why she thinks her problem with dirty pieces of plastic concerns me is bewildering. They won't give me the school credit cards to buy them, they don't provide them at the school (the one's I have I purchased by myself) and I'm leaving so ain't dropping another penny on this job.

I think she's pissed I didn't tell her to buy more at the time we were there but I didn't know how many kids were in my camp until Monday morning or even that a CT would be there till Friday. 

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #385 on: July 26, 2016, 05:29:58 PM »


It sounds like they are already plastic and are cleanable and reusable. The co-teacher is just unhappy with some little bit of residue that's leftover after multiple uses.

I got that, I was just offering another way that they could make some more if they only have 10 plastic files. If there's a laminate machine with some laminate sheets lying around, which has always been the case for me, they could use that and not have to use the evil dirty plastic files that the co-teacher is averse to.
Yeah, I would do this but my camp is actually a custom English board game camp. If I laminated it I would be doing hundreds of sheets of laminate as opposed to buying 2 more clear plastic files. 

Why she thinks her problem with dirty pieces of plastic concerns me is bewildering. They won't give me the school credit cards to buy them, they don't provide them at the school (the one's I have I purchased by myself) and I'm leaving so ain't dropping another penny on this job.

I think she's pissed I didn't tell her to buy more at the time we were there but I didn't know how many kids were in my camp until Monday morning or even that a CT would be there till Friday.
This is quite odd.

Typically, students have to return a "sign-up slip" well in advance of the camp.  How or why you wouldn't have known until the first day of camp doesn't make any sense.

I will collect the slips, make groups, roll books, etc. days/sometimes weeks prior.

Again, it just doesn't seem realistic or honest to say nobody knew until the first day of camp.

I've never heard such nonsense, nor can I believe it to be true.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #386 on: July 26, 2016, 05:46:30 PM »


It sounds like they are already plastic and are cleanable and reusable. The co-teacher is just unhappy with some little bit of residue that's leftover after multiple uses.

I got that, I was just offering another way that they could make some more if they only have 10 plastic files. If there's a laminate machine with some laminate sheets lying around, which has always been the case for me, they could use that and not have to use the evil dirty plastic files that the co-teacher is averse to.
Yeah, I would do this but my camp is actually a custom English board game camp. If I laminated it I would be doing hundreds of sheets of laminate as opposed to buying 2 more clear plastic files. 

Why she thinks her problem with dirty pieces of plastic concerns me is bewildering. They won't give me the school credit cards to buy them, they don't provide them at the school (the one's I have I purchased by myself) and I'm leaving so ain't dropping another penny on this job.

I think she's pissed I didn't tell her to buy more at the time we were there but I didn't know how many kids were in my camp until Monday morning or even that a CT would be there till Friday.
This is quite odd.

Typically, students have to return a "sign-up slip" well in advance of the camp.  How or why you wouldn't have known until the first day of camp doesn't make any sense.

I will collect the slips, make groups, roll books, etc. days/sometimes weeks prior.

Again, it just doesn't seem realistic or honest to say nobody knew until the first day of camp.

I've never heard such nonsense, nor can I believe it to be true.

To clarify. I asked and was told the same as last year. No lists were given as they 'weren't ready yet' until the Monday morning. (I'll assume late Friday.)

Last year my two camp sections had 14 and 18. I split the difference and assumed 16. Each section this year has 24. Pair games require 12 plastic sheets. We bought 10. I have 20 ready to go but whatever.

Collecting sheets, organizing lists etc. is not my job. I knew most of the kids who were coming because they told me beforehand. I wasn't doing a head count though.

This lady couldn't find her way out of a 1 door room though. It's not all that surprising.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #387 on: July 26, 2016, 05:56:23 PM »


It sounds like they are already plastic and are cleanable and reusable. The co-teacher is just unhappy with some little bit of residue that's leftover after multiple uses.

I got that, I was just offering another way that they could make some more if they only have 10 plastic files. If there's a laminate machine with some laminate sheets lying around, which has always been the case for me, they could use that and not have to use the evil dirty plastic files that the co-teacher is averse to.
Yeah, I would do this but my camp is actually a custom English board game camp. If I laminated it I would be doing hundreds of sheets of laminate as opposed to buying 2 more clear plastic files. 

Why she thinks her problem with dirty pieces of plastic concerns me is bewildering. They won't give me the school credit cards to buy them, they don't provide them at the school (the one's I have I purchased by myself) and I'm leaving so ain't dropping another penny on this job.

I think she's pissed I didn't tell her to buy more at the time we were there but I didn't know how many kids were in my camp until Monday morning or even that a CT would be there till Friday.
This is quite odd.

Typically, students have to return a "sign-up slip" well in advance of the camp.  How or why you wouldn't have known until the first day of camp doesn't make any sense.

I will collect the slips, make groups, roll books, etc. days/sometimes weeks prior.

Again, it just doesn't seem realistic or honest to say nobody knew until the first day of camp.

I've never heard such nonsense, nor can I believe it to be true.

To clarify. I asked and was told the same as last year. No lists were given as they 'weren't ready yet' until the Monday morning. (I'll assume late Friday.)

Last year my two camp sections had 14 and 18. I split the difference and assumed 16. Each section this year has 24. Pair games require 12 plastic sheets. We bought 10. I have 20 ready to go but whatever.

Collecting sheets, organizing lists etc. is not my job. I knew most of the kids who were coming because they told me beforehand. I wasn't doing a head count though.

This lady couldn't find her way out of a 1 door room though. It's not all that surprising.
Thanks for clarifying.

It was known, but she just didn't seem concerned with providing you with the information.

If I had a coteacher like that, Uffdah...

Hang tough.  It will be over before you know it ;)

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #388 on: July 26, 2016, 06:59:59 PM »
Just wrapped up my first day of summer camp. I still feel lost...

Me too.

 It was pretty pointless it seems. The turn out isn't so great. Oh well. The kids that did show up seemed to enjoy their time. Good thing I had a ton of games and stuff to keep them occupied.

I just dont know if I should actually be attempting to teach English at this thing.

this is the unspoken rule of camp: don't try to teach.

nobody wants to be there, so the resentment is already apparent. that being said, there are definitely exceptions. i had a handful of amazing camp days that usually involved a big activity: making pancakes, a paper airplane contest, soccer, etc, but that can take time and effort which is in short supply when the heat is so excruciating.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #389 on: July 26, 2016, 07:50:03 PM »
Just wrapped up my first day of summer camp. I still feel lost...

Me too.

 It was pretty pointless it seems. The turn out isn't so great. Oh well. The kids that did show up seemed to enjoy their time. Good thing I had a ton of games and stuff to keep them occupied.

I just dont know if I should actually be attempting to teach English at this thing.

this is the unspoken rule of camp: don't try to teach.

nobody wants to be there, so the resentment is already apparent. that being said, there are definitely exceptions. i had a handful of amazing camp days that usually involved a big activity: making pancakes, a paper airplane contest, soccer, etc, but that can take time and effort which is in short supply when the heat is so excruciating.

Fortunately my coT believes that camp should be a time for the students to have fun and take a break from studying. While she does say that the focus should be on students practicing English, it's easy enough to implement an English component to games and activities even if it's just simple phrases. At any rate, I'm giving instructions and directions in English (granted, with lots of gesticulations and demos) which could be considered "language immersion."

I do camps with my main middle school kids so personally I just want to facilitate fun (while giving them exposure to English and other cultures) as I know they'll soon be off to high school where they'll be stuck studying all the time.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #390 on: July 27, 2016, 06:10:08 AM »
My co-teacher implied that I could go home after summer camp and then I get a call at the bus stop asking where I am from the vice-principal. So incredibly pissed off right now. All she could say was 'the contract say you must be here 4 hour 30.'  >:(

This is why I never got a phone.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #391 on: July 27, 2016, 08:56:20 AM »
My co-teacher suggested tie-dye shirts for camp.  I told her I'd never done it before.  She said that was ok, because she'd done it with a previous foreign teacher.

Today she has to leave early because her mother is very ill.  I can understand that.  I just wish it wasn't the day we decided to tie dye. 

I hope all goes well.  I'll do my best.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #392 on: July 27, 2016, 09:23:13 AM »
Can't you switch things around?

We had to call an audible, due to weather, which wasn't a big deal.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #393 on: July 27, 2016, 11:26:46 AM »
Lots of cheating in camp class today. Sometimes it was funny, but it was more of a hassle than anything else.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #394 on: July 27, 2016, 11:34:03 AM »
Teaching first graders for 90 minutes every day without a co teacher is...a challenge

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #395 on: July 27, 2016, 11:40:28 AM »
"Teacher, you are old."

Hahaha, I played some music in class while my kids were making "Korean Tourism" posters.

Some hits from Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Deadmau5, VU, DFA 1979.

Teacher, play Kpop. 

NO.  :rolleyes: It's an English camp.

"You are old."

Yup.  8)

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #396 on: July 27, 2016, 11:41:59 AM »
My co-teacher suggested tie-dye shirts for camp.  I told her I'd never done it before.  She said that was ok, because she'd done it with a previous foreign teacher.

Today she has to leave early because her mother is very ill.  I can understand that.  I just wish it wasn't the day we decided to tie dye. 

I hope all goes well.  I'll do my best.

Updates? My camp just ended and I have nothing to do for hour hours so I am waiting for your response.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #397 on: July 27, 2016, 11:44:39 AM »
"Teacher, you are old."

Hahaha, I played some music in class while my kids were making "Korean Tourism" posters.

Some hits from Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Deadmau5, VU, DFA 1979.

Teacher, play Kpop. 

NO.  :rolleyes: It's an English camp.

"You are old."

Yup.  8)

I've been playing country music before the start of every class for the past three years. Some of them still complain.

It makes me happy.

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« Reply #398 on: July 27, 2016, 11:52:02 AM »
"Teacher, you are old."

Hahaha, I played some music in class while my kids were making "Korean Tourism" posters.

Some hits from Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Deadmau5, VU, DFA 1979.

Teacher, play Kpop. 

NO.  :rolleyes: It's an English camp.

"You are old."

Yup.  8)

I've been playing country music before the start of every class for the past three years. Some of them still complain.

It makes me happy.

Nice-uh

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« Reply #399 on: July 27, 2016, 11:53:36 AM »
"Teacher, you are old."

Hahaha, I played some music in class while my kids were making "Korean Tourism" posters.

Some hits from Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Deadmau5, VU, DFA 1979.

Teacher, play Kpop. 

NO.  :rolleyes: It's an English camp.

"You are old."

Yup.  8)

I've been playing country music before the start of every class for the past three years. Some of them still complain.

It makes me happy.

Nice-uh
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