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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2180 on: December 02, 2016, 01:36:07 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.

Sooo, we can't be condescending...? :-[

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2181 on: December 02, 2016, 02:09:26 PM »
When my new coteacher tells me that she wants to start every 5th and 6th grade class by singing a pop song.

(They already are too cool for school; there is no way they're going to want to embarrass themselves by singing.)
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2182 on: December 02, 2016, 02:12:32 PM »

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.

Sooo, we can't be condescending...? :-[

I thought you were tryna start a fight donovan but then I saw your post in the other thread  :P

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2183 on: December 02, 2016, 02:28:59 PM »

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.

Sooo, we can't be condescending...? :-[

I thought you were tryna start a fight donovan but then I saw your post in the other thread  :P

Fight? Yeah, I'll fight. Let me at 'im! I'll bring this forum to its knees! I'll make every thread I touch into a personal grudge match of mental and moral superiority! BRING IT ON!!
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2184 on: December 02, 2016, 02:34:16 PM »
Yeah. It rarely goes well. I find doing something kind of kitschy that is blatantly not cool tends to go over the best. If the students see you think it's lame and you're still doing it, it tends to loosen them up a little.
There have been times when we've done a silly song (early in the semester when they didn't have quite so much attitude) so they can ironically enjoy that, but it's rare for sixth graders to enjoy anything these days. They might like to listen to "Count on Me" by Bruno Mars, but when it comes to singing they just stare at their desks. And we only have a month left and they're trying to get used to a brand new coteacher whose style is very different from the co I had up until last week. It's a big adjustment for all of us. She's very nice, but I find that I keep repeating "just one month left" pretty often.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2185 on: December 02, 2016, 02:41:15 PM »
My entire building smells like baking brownies.  Why does it smell like brownies.  Gods, I can't even remember the last time I had a proper brownie.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2186 on: December 02, 2016, 02:44:55 PM »
i should be preparing for my winter camp.

instead i'm watching a 90-minute long video of a dude making a life-sized replica of the Buster Sword from Final Fantasy 7.

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« Reply #2187 on: December 02, 2016, 02:51:10 PM »
I haven't prepped for winter camp yet either

Instead I'm considering what movie I should watch for movie night tonight.

Any suggestions? Nothing scary or heavy haha

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2188 on: December 02, 2016, 02:56:48 PM »
We're using the same tests from last year, but inexplicably we are now giving A+s (No A-. No B+. Only A+ along with the standard A, B, C, D, F.) which we didn't last year. So for the speaking test, which is already painfully easy for the majority of class, I kept the scoring system intact and only awarded an A+ to students who had zero wrong. Complaints ensued and now I'm revising the scoring so that...

You get an A+! And you get an A+! Everyone gets an A+!

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2189 on: December 02, 2016, 03:18:00 PM »
Bump for "Beauty Inside." I enjoyed that movie.

Also liked "Born to Sing."
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« Reply #2190 on: December 02, 2016, 03:27:54 PM »
thanks ^^ I'll check if any of those are on one of my streaming subscriptions (hulu and netflix)

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2191 on: December 02, 2016, 03:30:06 PM »
So there's a nearby school that has only three students and about as many teachers. How is this school still open?? And i thought my school was small  :huh:

And next year they're combining the incoming grade 1s and soon to be grade 2s in my main middle school... to bring the class size up to a grand total of 6. Wondering how curriculum is gonna work out for that.

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« Reply #2192 on: December 02, 2016, 09:24:55 PM »
So there's a nearby school that has only three students and about as many teachers. How is this school still open?? And i thought my school was small  :huh:

And next year they're combining the incoming grade 1s and soon to be grade 2s in my main middle school... to bring the class size up to a grand total of 6. Wondering how curriculum is gonna work out for that.

When I was a kid, my dad was in the airforce.  At one little radar station, my class at the base school was four 4th graders, five 5th graders, and ?? 6th graders (was still in the single digits).  In univeristy, I met one of my 4th grade classmates; she introduced herself with, "You're JNM?  Are you double-jointed at the elbows?" I didn't recognize her right away, but I was a little concerned that I should!

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2193 on: December 05, 2016, 09:13:04 AM »
Principal just came in and asked if I was doing well, then stood behind me rubbing my shoulder for nearly a minute while having a conversation with my boss

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2194 on: December 05, 2016, 09:21:30 AM »
Planning to go to a clinic today and see if we can start trying to diagnose my various mysterious health problems. Last night I was so anxious I couldn't sleep because this one doctor (a friend of a friend) said to me, and I quote "There are many possibilities... autoimmune disorder, cancer... if it's not cancer it will probably be hard to diagnose"

The clinic doctor in my apartment building said he doesn't think I have an autoimmune disorder because I responded to antibiotics so I am  b u c k l i n g  u p   for either having to deal with causeless sickness for an undetermined amount of time or cancer

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2195 on: December 05, 2016, 09:29:21 AM »
Planning to go to a clinic today and see if we can start trying to diagnose my various mysterious health problems. Last night I was so anxious I couldn't sleep because this one doctor (a friend of a friend) said to me, and I quote "There are many possibilities... autoimmune disorder, cancer... if it's not cancer it will probably be hard to diagnose"

The clinic doctor in my apartment building said he doesn't think I have an autoimmune disorder because I responded to antibiotics so I am  b u c k l i n g  u p   for either having to deal with causeless sickness for an undetermined amount of time or cancer

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I wish you the best, Moonbrie. Hopefully it's nothing more than complications from stress due to your work environment.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2196 on: December 05, 2016, 09:29:37 AM »
Principal just came in and asked if I was doing well, then stood behind me rubbing my shoulder for nearly a minute while having a conversation with my boss

o k


Glad nobody at my school is touchy feely. I would be so weirded out by something like that

I actually was plenty weirded out by receiving a hug from two new teachers when meeting them for the first time at the beginning of the school year. I guess they thought it was an American thing.  :undecided:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2197 on: December 05, 2016, 09:32:07 AM »
Planning to go to a clinic today and see if we can start trying to diagnose my various mysterious health problems. Last night I was so anxious I couldn't sleep because this one doctor (a friend of a friend) said to me, and I quote "There are many possibilities... autoimmune disorder, cancer... if it's not cancer it will probably be hard to diagnose"

The clinic doctor in my apartment building said he doesn't think I have an autoimmune disorder because I responded to antibiotics so I am  b u c k l i n g  u p   for either having to deal with causeless sickness for an undetermined amount of time or cancer

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Oh my gosh, Moonbrie, that must be so frightening to even entertain the idea of cancer... I hope it is nothing serious and to echo donovan that hopefully it's just work-related stress. :sad: Best of luck to you.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2198 on: December 05, 2016, 09:34:48 AM »
Planning to go to a clinic today and see if we can start trying to diagnose my various mysterious health problems. Last night I was so anxious I couldn't sleep because this one doctor (a friend of a friend) said to me, and I quote "There are many possibilities... autoimmune disorder, cancer... if it's not cancer it will probably be hard to diagnose"

The clinic doctor in my apartment building said he doesn't think I have an autoimmune disorder because I responded to antibiotics so I am  b u c k l i n g  u p   for either having to deal with causeless sickness for an undetermined amount of time or cancer

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Any doctor who offers cancer as a possibility without any real evidence is terrible at their job. Unfortunately there seems to be a few doctors around in Korea like that.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2199 on: December 05, 2016, 09:44:49 AM »
Thanks everyone. I'm just exhausted. I feel nauseous for at least 2 hours a day and I can't always identify the cause. On the one hand, if it was undiagnosable but stopped once I return home, that would be great, but that means I'll have to deal with what feels like constant nausea for 3 more months. I don't know what diagnosis I want, I just want to feel better.