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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5480 on: June 27, 2018, 10:19:24 AM »
No classes today apart from 80min after school later where we are watching a movie anyway.

Do I -
A: Make a future plan.
B: Do nothing.
C: start a million different things because I feel like I've got so much to do but then not actually achieve anything and end up just wasting the day.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5481 on: June 27, 2018, 11:48:41 AM »
No classes today apart from 80min after school later where we are watching a movie anyway.

Do I -
A: Make a future plan.
B: Do nothing.
C: start a million different things because I feel like I've got so much to do but then not actually achieve anything and end up just wasting the day.

C kinda turns into B at some point, but it's better than not starting at all. Sometimes laying the groundwork for your future plans helps you get started much later
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5482 on: June 27, 2018, 01:23:01 PM »
Vacation time approaches.  I'm going to another country with a friend for 3 days.  Should I also go somewhere by myself, or should I save money and just travel around Korea for the remaining days? 

My contract ends at the end of August, so it's not like I'll have more opportunities to travel this area.

Should I be adventurous or frugal? 
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5483 on: June 27, 2018, 02:23:25 PM »
Vacation time approaches.  I'm going to another country with a friend for 3 days.  Should I also go somewhere by myself, or should I save money and just travel around Korea for the remaining days? 

My contract ends at the end of August, so it's not like I'll have more opportunities to travel this area.

Should I be adventurous or frugal? 
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Too hot. Stay home.
Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5484 on: June 28, 2018, 07:41:19 AM »
Does anyone ever actually enjoy going to meetings? I've never met anyone who does. Convinced that they're a creation of the establishment just to give people something to hate in unison over. Solidarity.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5485 on: June 28, 2018, 08:44:10 AM »
Does anyone ever actually enjoy going to meetings? I've never met anyone who does. Convinced that they're a creation of the establishment just to give people something to hate in unison over. Solidarity.

A break from the kids?  :wink:
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5486 on: June 28, 2018, 09:19:32 AM »
Vacation time approaches.  I'm going to another country with a friend for 3 days.  Should I also go somewhere by myself, or should I save money and just travel around Korea for the remaining days? 

My contract ends at the end of August, so it's not like I'll have more opportunities to travel this area.

Should I be adventurous or frugal? 
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Too hot. Stay home.

I agree with this advice myself. However, I'll be travelling to Japan.
There is a friend there I want to see, as we haven't seen each other in a while. And I can't go in winter vacation, as I have to travel back home for a family event, then. :'(

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5487 on: June 28, 2018, 11:31:17 AM »
Vacation time approaches.  I'm going to another country with a friend for 3 days.  Should I also go somewhere by myself, or should I save money and just travel around Korea for the remaining days? 

My contract ends at the end of August, so it's not like I'll have more opportunities to travel this area.

Should I be adventurous or frugal? 
                       :evil:        :angel:

Too hot. Stay home.

Another hard-earned life lesson.

Does anyone ever actually enjoy going to meetings? I've never met anyone who does. Convinced that they're a creation of the establishment just to give people something to hate in unison over. Solidarity.

Meetings are the Mrs. Pentherby of offices everywhere~

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5488 on: June 28, 2018, 11:39:05 AM »
Meetings are the Mrs. Pentherby of offices everywhere~
I loved that short story! I am now officially going to call everything that annoys me even slightly "Mrs. Pentherby". My students will be very confused at first, but they'll get used it, I'm sure.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5489 on: June 28, 2018, 11:47:47 AM »
Meetings are the Mrs. Pentherby of offices everywhere~
I loved that short story! I am now officially going to call everything that annoys me even slightly "Mrs. Pentherby". My students will be very confused at first, but they'll get used it, I'm sure.

All credit goes to Mr. C. If it motivates them to try to figure out why you're calling them that, then you could be credited with turning them on to English literature~

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5490 on: June 28, 2018, 11:50:08 AM »
The Catch-22 with classroom games.

The more fun they are, the less kids are able to control themselves, the more you have to stop the game to calm them, the less fun the game becomes. :cry:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5491 on: June 28, 2018, 01:07:13 PM »
Debating with myself whether or not teaching a "proper pronunciation" class next week will be worth it. As I've read on these forums, any attempts at teaching the right way is usually undone instantly by KTs.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5492 on: June 28, 2018, 01:20:28 PM »
The Catch-22 with classroom games.

The more fun they are, the less kids are able to control themselves, the more you have to stop the game to calm them, the less fun the game becomes. :cry:
That's why I never play really "fun" games, then the students are happy with any game/activity that we do. Or if any student complains a game isn't fun, I stop the entire class and do something really boring for the rest of class. Now they never complain. Gg kids.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5493 on: June 28, 2018, 01:21:25 PM »
Debating with myself whether or not teaching a "proper pronunciation" class next week will be worth it. As I've read on these forums, any attempts at teaching the right way is usually undone instantly by KTs.

What's the 'right' way?

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5494 on: June 28, 2018, 01:24:56 PM »
Debating with myself whether or not teaching a "proper pronunciation" class next week will be worth it. As I've read on these forums, any attempts at teaching the right way is usually undone instantly by KTs.

What's the 'right' way?

Teaching them the actual way to pronounce things like the letter "F" rather than sounding like "Eh-peu" or "V" instead of "Bwee"! Instructing proper pronunciation by also teaching how one should shape their mouth and whatnot. Actual English rather than Korean English.

I don't expect it to change their entire way of speaking, but at least push them in the right direction if they're serious about learning it.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5495 on: June 28, 2018, 01:37:40 PM »
The Catch-22 with classroom games.

The more fun they are, the less kids are able to control themselves, the more you have to stop the game to calm them, the less fun the game becomes. :cry:
That's why I never play really "fun" games, then the students are happy with any game/activity that we do. Or if any student complains a game isn't fun, I stop the entire class and do something really boring for the rest of class. Now they never complain. Gg kids.

It's amazing how "fun" you can make the book material by picking students via a random number generator. It takes more time to get through the material, but everyone sits in rapt attention to see who will be called next/ who will be paired with whom. Helps to give gender-opposite roles for practice dialogs as well. Lately I try to leave as little time as necessary for the game at the end of class. Sixth graders can handle games, but 5th graders are still just too giddy. :sad:
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5496 on: June 28, 2018, 02:11:37 PM »
Right now in my school they're having a 6 teacher meeting, to put together a theme and general outline for English camp. Something usually done by me, or me and my coteacher.

I'm quite enjoying it because I enjoy the politics of Korean meetings. Especially since I know many of them fairly well so I know their styles.  ;D

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5497 on: June 28, 2018, 02:15:20 PM »
The Catch-22 with classroom games.

The more fun they are, the less kids are able to control themselves, the more you have to stop the game to calm them, the less fun the game becomes. :cry:
That's why I never play really "fun" games, then the students are happy with any game/activity that we do. Or if any student complains a game isn't fun, I stop the entire class and do something really boring for the rest of class. Now they never complain. Gg kids.

It's amazing how "fun" you can make the book material by picking students via a random number generator. It takes more time to get through the material, but everyone sits in rapt attention to see who will be called next/ who will be paired with whom. Helps to give gender-opposite roles for practice dialogs as well. Lately I try to leave as little time as necessary for the game at the end of class. Sixth graders can handle games, but 5th graders are still just too giddy. :sad:

Totally agree, people give the books a hard time but you can really shake it up with the delivery and make it more interesting.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5498 on: June 28, 2018, 02:17:22 PM »
The Catch-22 with classroom games.

The more fun they are, the less kids are able to control themselves, the more you have to stop the game to calm them, the less fun the game becomes. :cry:
That's why I never play really "fun" games, then the students are happy with any game/activity that we do. Or if any student complains a game isn't fun, I stop the entire class and do something really boring for the rest of class. Now they never complain. Gg kids.

It's amazing how "fun" you can make the book material by picking students via a random number generator. It takes more time to get through the material, but everyone sits in rapt attention to see who will be called next/ who will be paired with whom. Helps to give gender-opposite roles for practice dialogs as well. Lately I try to leave as little time as necessary for the game at the end of class. Sixth graders can handle games, but 5th graders are still just too giddy. :sad:

Yessss. I also started using it much more, and it also keeps middle schoolers relatively on edge. There is one that kind of has sound and slows down like Wheel of Fortune (it came with the CD), and it works like a charm.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5499 on: June 28, 2018, 02:24:48 PM »
The Catch-22 with classroom games.

The more fun they are, the less kids are able to control themselves, the more you have to stop the game to calm them, the less fun the game becomes. :cry:
That's why I never play really "fun" games, then the students are happy with any game/activity that we do. Or if any student complains a game isn't fun, I stop the entire class and do something really boring for the rest of class. Now they never complain. Gg kids.

It's amazing how "fun" you can make the book material by picking students via a random number generator. It takes more time to get through the material, but everyone sits in rapt attention to see who will be called next/ who will be paired with whom. Helps to give gender-opposite roles for practice dialogs as well. Lately I try to leave as little time as necessary for the game at the end of class. Sixth graders can handle games, but 5th graders are still just too giddy. :sad:

Yessss. I also started using it much more, and it also keeps middle schoolers relatively on edge. There is one that kind of has sound and slows down like Wheel of Fortune (it came with the CD), and it works like a charm.

Oooo, middle schoolers. Try explaining the sexual angst that provides an undercurrent to all the man/woman video dialogs.