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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2160 on: December 01, 2016, 08:41:36 AM »
'tis December, y'all.

Last night was teacher's dinner and we ended up at the same restaurant as another middle school we just played volleyball against. The other school made a loud toast and my school seemed to view that as a challenge which resulted in a friendly competition of who can make the loudest cheer  :laugh: :laugh:
Oh, I hope you guys were alone in the restaurant, haha.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2161 on: December 01, 2016, 08:44:06 AM »
We sure weren't!! Lucky for the other patrons it was a brief contest hahah

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2162 on: December 01, 2016, 08:50:01 AM »
Sounds like fun. I always wanted to take part in the school volleyball stuff, but my first school either  didn't have it or didn't invite me, and literally my first weekend at my second school I tore my ACL and MCL and had to have knee surgery. So still no volleyball.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2163 on: December 01, 2016, 08:57:54 AM »
Yikes  :huh: :huh: That's awful!!

My school always wants me involved in volleyball. I'm not any good at all but my coworkers insist I am a "key player." Hah

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« Reply #2164 on: December 01, 2016, 09:03:11 AM »
Yeah, it sucked.

Do you have fun with it though? I hear so many on here who hate that their school makes them play.

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« Reply #2165 on: December 01, 2016, 09:14:24 AM »
Yeah, it sucked.

Do you have fun with it though? I hear so many on here who hate that their school makes them play.

Yeh, it was fun but then again I really like sports.  I'd never really played before, being a Brit.  But my Korean is good enough to chat and laugh with the teachers when we play.  I think over eight months, my team lost overall, once.  But it was a nice way to finish the week.  There also was no compulsory dinner linked with it, which was also a bonus.  Finish, then go home.
Ah ok. See that's what I miss, the sports. It's hard to find teams in Korea. But it definitely sounds like yours is fun!

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« Reply #2166 on: December 01, 2016, 09:22:26 AM »
I enjoy volleyball and badminton, because overall my school is pretty casual about sports. Even the select players who are very good are just encouraging of the rest of us who aren't.

With my school, volleyball feels more like a bonding event than a competition. Honestly the only times I'm less than keen on it is when we're playing against the schools with guys who can slam the ball like a bullet across the court and then it feels more like dodgeball.

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« Reply #2167 on: December 01, 2016, 09:52:56 AM »
See that's what I miss, the sports. It's hard to find teams in Korea. But it definitely sounds like yours is fun!
If you're looking to join some teams for low-key fun-focused sports, I would definitely recommend looking at university communities. Sign up for some language lessons or something similar at a uni, do a bit of networking, and you will be amazed at the variety of clubs and teams to be found.
Over the last few years, I've been part of a very informal softball league, volleyball team, flag rugby group, board-game club*, ultimate frisbee competitions, and TKD all thanks to uni connections.
Granted, I live in a university town, but stuff like this exists in most cities to one degree or another.

*yes, board games can be a sport, depending on how competitive/involved the players get.  :wink:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2168 on: December 01, 2016, 10:10:15 AM »
See that's what I miss, the sports. It's hard to find teams in Korea. But it definitely sounds like yours is fun!
If you're looking to join some teams for low-key fun-focused sports, I would definitely recommend looking at university communities. Sign up for some language lessons or something similar at a uni, do a bit of networking, and you will be amazed at the variety of clubs and teams to be found.
Over the last few years, I've been part of a very informal softball league, volleyball team, flag rugby group, board-game club*, ultimate frisbee competitions, and TKD all thanks to uni connections.
Granted, I live in a university town, but stuff like this exists in most cities to one degree or another.

*yes, board games can be a sport, depending on how competitive/involved the players get.  :wink:
I actually live really close to Yonsei, so I tried seeing if there was anything I could join there without much luck. But I'm also not sure how to go about properly doing that. I used to be part of a volleyball team in Itaewon, but stuff changed and I don't go anymore. I wish I could do ultimate, I used to be a member of my universities team, but I can't really do any hard sports anymore because of my knee.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2169 on: December 01, 2016, 11:08:03 AM »
I actually live really close to Yonsei, so I tried seeing if there was anything I could join there without much luck. But I'm also not sure how to go about properly doing that. I used to be part of a volleyball team in Itaewon, but stuff changed and I don't go anymore. I wish I could do ultimate, I used to be a member of my universities team, but I can't really do any hard sports anymore because of my knee.
    Ah, a bum knee kind of narrows the potential activities one can do, doesn't it? I'm sorry to hear about it.  :sad:
   Doesn't Seoul have a Facebook page? I mean, if my 30,000 rural hick-town has one, then Seoul must have a million! There are always loads of groups looking for new members in my area, so a few questions of FB could score you a half dozen invites.
   Stuff like bowling, table tennis, darts, and archery might sound kind of lame to some, but if you have a decent group they can be pretty intense!

Wish I could give you more specific answers, but I don't live anywhere near Seoul and don't know much about what's available there. Best of luck finding something though!
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2170 on: December 01, 2016, 12:22:59 PM »
    Ah, a bum knee kind of narrows the potential activities one can do, doesn't it? I'm sorry to hear about it.  :sad:
   Doesn't Seoul have a Facebook page? I mean, if my 30,000 rural hick-town has one, then Seoul must have a million! There are always loads of groups looking for new members in my area, so a few questions of FB could score you a half dozen invites.
   Stuff like bowling, table tennis, darts, and archery might sound kind of lame to some, but if you have a decent group they can be pretty intense!

Wish I could give you more specific answers, but I don't live anywhere near Seoul and don't know much about what's available there. Best of luck finding something though!
Haha, that it does. I joined a badminton group actually, which is fun. Not quite the sporty activities I had in mind, but you're right, they can get pretty stinking intense.

I'm sure Seoul has tons of FB pages, and some I am a member of, but at the same time, there are too many pages.
« Last Edit: December 02, 2016, 08:26:07 AM by HaLo3 »

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2171 on: December 01, 2016, 02:43:27 PM »
Lol when a student comes to the teacher's office and asks a teacher to please come to class.

It's a teacher everyone likes, he wasn't being lazy but must have lost track of time or something.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2172 on: December 02, 2016, 07:48:22 AM »
The other day I had dinner with a teacher at my school and I told her about some of my problems with jerk boss. She said that yeah, jerk boss is friendly, but not nice. Her words "it is sometimes uncomfortable. it is difficult for me to talk to her"

YEP

Then when I was telling her about how I had sent a kakao to my handler teacher because there was a mysterious alarm going off in my apartment but the management office was closed and she never responded; never even asked that morning if I had figured it out and everything had turned out ok. My characterization of her has always been: nice, but not friendly or thoughtful. Teacher I had dinner with said "I think she is not interested in friends, only work. She only cares about work."

MHM (When I first asked handler teacher why she took on being my handler instead of one of the other teachers, she said it was because she wanted to get more opportunities to practice her English, because the last time she worked with a foreign teacher she wasn't the handler and she barely talked to him. This same woman has refused all of my invitations for coffee or dinner  :rolleyes: )

It was kind of validating because back when I had to have the talk with the Principal about jerk boss, she asked "is she like this with everyone else?" and my answer was... I don't know. I don't know because I'm not fluent in Korean and I don't see every interaction she has. So it was good to know that despite that, I pinned her pretty accurately according to another Korean teacher.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2173 on: December 02, 2016, 07:54:08 AM »
Tempted to show this to my elem. grade 3s next year...



Would you rather this or PPAP?  :laugh: Happy Friday!

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2174 on: December 02, 2016, 08:22:28 AM »
The other day I had dinner with a teacher at my school and I told her about some of my problems with jerk boss. She said that yeah, jerk boss is friendly, but not nice. Her words "it is sometimes uncomfortable. it is difficult for me to talk to her"

YEP

Then when I was telling her about how I had sent a kakao to my handler teacher because there was a mysterious alarm going off in my apartment but the management office was closed and she never responded; never even asked that morning if I had figured it out and everything had turned out ok. My characterization of her has always been: nice, but not friendly or thoughtful. Teacher I had dinner with said "I think she is not interested in friends, only work. She only cares about work."

MHM (When I first asked handler teacher why she took on being my handler instead of one of the other teachers, she said it was because she wanted to get more opportunities to practice her English, because the last time she worked with a foreign teacher she wasn't the handler and she barely talked to him. This same woman has refused all of my invitations for coffee or dinner  :rolleyes: )

It was kind of validating because back when I had to have the talk with the Principal about jerk boss, she asked "is she like this with everyone else?" and my answer was... I don't know. I don't know because I'm not fluent in Korean and I don't see every interaction she has. So it was good to know that despite that, I pinned her pretty accurately according to another Korean teacher.

Not to be condescending, but why are you trying to get so involved in workplace politics? I think you have to realise your "handlers" are people too, and have lives outside of work.

You went to talk to the Principle about your boss behind their back?  :huh: I'm sure your a great teacher, but maybe you should take a step back here.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2175 on: December 02, 2016, 08:41:50 AM »
Er, have you read the saga of jerk boss?

I'm not trying to get involved in workplace politics. I was having dinner with a friend and we talked about work. I'm 90% sure she doesn't feel any need to talk about this with anyone else either.

I talked to the principal about jerk boss because she is seriously hassling me at least once a week, sometimes over school-related things where she tells me I'm a terrible teacher but offers no suggestions on how to improve, sometimes over things like me not acting like she is a literal god and not doing everything she says (like eating, instead of throwing away, a perfectly fine piece of bread I had which she was convinced had bugs inside it, and then using this instance of me not following her "instructions" on something non-teaching related on her perceptions of my failures as a teacher), and ripped into me so hard that I started crying.

I honestly don't care that my handler doesn't want to be friends. It's fine. But given that she said directly that she wanted to talk to me and spend time with me to practice her English, and then does exactly the opposite of that was a bit strange. I'm used to it now. I'm just saying she's not friendly. It's not a value judgement, it's a fact.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2176 on: December 02, 2016, 08:55:05 AM »
Tempted to show this to my elem. grade 3s next year...



Would you rather this or PPAP?  :laugh: Happy Friday!

Thank you for this, I just downloaded it to toss it into a ppt somewhere. It's happening.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2177 on: December 02, 2016, 09:03:27 AM »
 :laugh: :laugh: 

If you're interested in the full version, there's a whole song and dance number: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1svA2sGhDEE

I gotta say, their dance skills are pretty impressive!

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2178 on: December 02, 2016, 12:48:38 PM »
The other day I had dinner with a teacher at my school and I told her about some of my problems with jerk boss. She said that yeah, jerk boss is friendly, but not nice. Her words "it is sometimes uncomfortable. it is difficult for me to talk to her"

YEP

Then when I was telling her about how I had sent a kakao to my handler teacher because there was a mysterious alarm going off in my apartment but the management office was closed and she never responded; never even asked that morning if I had figured it out and everything had turned out ok. My characterization of her has always been: nice, but not friendly or thoughtful. Teacher I had dinner with said "I think she is not interested in friends, only work. She only cares about work."

MHM (When I first asked handler teacher why she took on being my handler instead of one of the other teachers, she said it was because she wanted to get more opportunities to practice her English, because the last time she worked with a foreign teacher she wasn't the handler and she barely talked to him. This same woman has refused all of my invitations for coffee or dinner  :rolleyes: )

It was kind of validating because back when I had to have the talk with the Principal about jerk boss, she asked "is she like this with everyone else?" and my answer was... I don't know. I don't know because I'm not fluent in Korean and I don't see every interaction she has. So it was good to know that despite that, I pinned her pretty accurately according to another Korean teacher.

Not to be condescending, but why are you trying to get so involved in workplace politics? I think you have to realise your "handlers" are people too, and have lives outside of work.

You went to talk to the Principle about your boss behind their back?  :huh: I'm sure your a great teacher, but maybe you should take a step back here.

I think you must have missed out on the bunch of other posts Moonbrie has already made about their boss.

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« Reply #2179 on: December 02, 2016, 01:24:12 PM »
Thank you Ajahya  :laugh: :cry: