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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6060 on: October 31, 2018, 11:58:18 AM »
I've had a total of one open class my entire time here.

I don't know why, seems to be a pretty regular thing for other EPIKers.

From what my coordinator told me, the decision is made by the school as to whether you get consulting or not. He said it's a "good thing" because it means my school sees potential in me. :lipsrsealed:

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6061 on: October 31, 2018, 12:47:52 PM »
I've had a total of one open class my entire time here.

I don't know why, seems to be a pretty regular thing for other EPIKers.

Yea, I've had one this year, but was just told that I will be having another open class in Nov.  Ummm, okay  What ever you say    8)

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« Reply #6062 on: October 31, 2018, 01:15:32 PM »
Last year my consulting took place with just me and my coordinator. This year I was told he would be there again today. What I didn't know was that this time he would be accompanied by both my CTs, the VP, and the two heads of English education for my district. :huh:

I was already kinda nervous, but I should've expected this nonetheless. :cry:


That's weird and stuff, but who knows how the inner machinations of decision making go. It could be a bad thing. It could be a good thing. It could be anything.

I've had a total of one open class my entire time here.

I've had probably about 40. I've been here for a bit, though. Although about ten of those are from one year when I had a deeply unpleasant manager who was trying to prevent my contract renewal, and kept scheduling open classes that I wasn't informed of ahead of time.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6063 on: October 31, 2018, 01:28:00 PM »
Last year my consulting took place with just me and my coordinator. This year I was told he would be there again today. What I didn't know was that this time he would be accompanied by both my CTs, the VP, and the two heads of English education for my district. :huh:

I was already kinda nervous, but I should've expected this nonetheless. :cry:


That's weird and stuff, but who knows how the inner machinations of decision making go. It could be a bad thing. It could be a good thing. It could be anything.

I've had a total of one open class my entire time here.

I've had probably about 40. I've been here for a bit, though. Although about ten of those are from one year when I had a deeply unpleasant manager who was trying to prevent my contract renewal, and kept scheduling open classes that I wasn't informed of ahead of time.


From what I have seen and heard it depends on the school and also the MOE. My area for EPIK each teacher gets a re-sign evaluation each year. Winners for best classes in different categories also get extra days off. ( sometimes also about who you know ).
Then my school specifically does one open class a semester for all teachers. One semester is for parents and one semester for teachers. I usually get lots of parents. For teachers, maybe 2-3 will come grab a copy of my lesson plan and watch for 2 min. P or VP will usually come watch for 5 min. Ez Pz
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6064 on: October 31, 2018, 02:37:50 PM »
Last year my consulting took place with just me and my coordinator. This year I was told he would be there again today. What I didn't know was that this time he would be accompanied by both my CTs, the VP, and the two heads of English education for my district. :huh:

I was already kinda nervous, but I should've expected this nonetheless. :cry:


That's weird and stuff, but who knows how the inner machinations of decision making go. It could be a bad thing. It could be a good thing. It could be anything.

I've had a total of one open class my entire time here.

I've had probably about 40. I've been here for a bit, though. Although about ten of those are from one year when I had a deeply unpleasant manager who was trying to prevent my contract renewal, and kept scheduling open classes that I wasn't informed of ahead of time.


From what I have seen and heard it depends on the school and also the MOE. My area for EPIK each teacher gets a re-sign evaluation each year. Winners for best classes in different categories also get extra days off. ( sometimes also about who you know ).
Then my school specifically does one open class a semester for all teachers. One semester is for parents and one semester for teachers. I usually get lots of parents. For teachers, maybe 2-3 will come grab a copy of my lesson plan and watch for 2 min. P or VP will usually come watch for 5 min. Ez Pz

Any reason to quote but not write anything? I am just curious. Kind of a reminder to come back to something?

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« Reply #6065 on: October 31, 2018, 02:47:34 PM »
In my continuing quest to watch all of YouTube I came across an interesting fact on a video about New Zealand being strict on Chinese tourists bringing food in.  New Zealand apparently does not have fruit flies.  Amazing.

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« Reply #6066 on: October 31, 2018, 04:02:56 PM »
In my continuing quest to watch all of YouTube I came across an interesting fact on a video about New Zealand being strict on Chinese tourists bringing food in.  New Zealand apparently does not have fruit flies.  Amazing.
I had a chat with a Kiwi earlier this week about bio-security. He told me that his rugby team did a tour in England during the mad-cow scare. They were asked to surrender all muddy shoes, sweaters, etc. by customs on thier return.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6068 on: November 01, 2018, 08:47:30 AM »
I've had a total of one open class my entire time here.

I don't know why, seems to be a pretty regular thing for other EPIKers.

I haven't had any.
They keep telling me it's happening, then no one shows up for it lol.

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« Reply #6069 on: November 02, 2018, 10:54:35 AM »
Kpop seems to be making it big in the USA these days with artists popping up all over the place either singing in English or Korean alongside a HUGE american mainstream star.

My thoughts on this are twofold.

Firstly, am I the only one who can see that the Kpop stars are buying popularity whether it's paying absurd sums to get a star name on their record or simply buying views on youtube and other social media platforms?

Let's take BTS for example. Am I funding this crime against humanity through my taxes? Or is it all private money?

Secondly, why do people who have no idea what the Korean part of the song's lyrics are listen to this shit?

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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« Reply #6070 on: November 02, 2018, 11:52:01 AM »
Kpop seems to be making it big in the USA these days with artists popping up all over the place either singing in English or Korean alongside a HUGE american mainstream star.

My thoughts on this are twofold.

Firstly, am I the only one who can see that the Kpop stars are buying popularity whether it's paying absurd sums to get a star name on their record or simply buying views on youtube and other social media platforms?

Let's take BTS for example. Am I funding this crime against humanity through my taxes? Or is it all private money?

Secondly, why do people who have no idea what the Korean part of the song's lyrics are listen to this shit?

Ain't that a bit far?

Plus, if you listen to any Korean songs, you should know by now that 90% of them are about love in almost every regard. No need to understand if they're all the same subject.
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« Reply #6071 on: November 02, 2018, 12:03:38 PM »
I listen to music with lyrics in languages I don't speak or barely understand all the time. That or they're "sung" so harshly that they'd be unintelligible no matter what language they're in. I never really saw anything wrong with that, but I suppose I might just be odd.

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« Reply #6072 on: November 02, 2018, 12:32:29 PM »
A 10 year old showed me a BTS video which had a man shaking hands with another man who was on fire.  She excitedly told me it was "real fire".  It was as if it was the greatest thing ever.  When i showed her the cover of Pink Floyd's Wish you were her,  and mentioned they did it 40 years before (what is the Korean for rip off) she shrugged and wasn't at all impressed.  It seems that the nationalist message is "love BTS at all costs".

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« Reply #6073 on: November 02, 2018, 01:28:32 PM »
A 10 year old showed me a BTS video which had a man shaking hands with another man who was on fire.  She excitedly told me it was "real fire".  It was as if it was the greatest thing ever.  When i showed her the cover of Pink Floyd's Wish you were her,  and mentioned they did it 40 years before (what is the Korean for rip off) she shrugged and wasn't at all impressed.  It seems that the nationalist message is "love BTS at all costs".

Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone.

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« Reply #6074 on: November 02, 2018, 01:29:12 PM »
A 10 year old showed me a BTS video which had a man shaking hands with another man who was on fire.  She excitedly told me it was "real fire".  It was as if it was the greatest thing ever.  When i showed her the cover of Pink Floyd's Wish you were her,  and mentioned they did it 40 years before (what is the Korean for rip off) she shrugged and wasn't at all impressed.  It seems that the nationalist message is "love BTS at all costs".

I don't listen to BTS, but like - I don't think it's fair to expect a ten year old to be as impressed by the cover a Wish You Were Here, an album by a band which she's never heard of, and which has no relevance, culturally or musically, to her. A dude shaking hands with another dude who's on fire is kind of whatever, but if it's your favourite band doing it, then you might think it's the coolest thing ever. Context.

Like, if a popular person or group does something, it's cool.
If someone else does that exact same thing, it may not register as cool.

You can see this in other areas of life all the time: someone wears a jacket to school. Whatever. One of the cool kids wears literally the exact same jacket, suddenly everyone wants it.

Art school student paints a bunch of straight lines and coloured squares. Okay? Um, cool?
Mondrian does the same thing? Multi-million dollar art.

It doesn't matter who does it first or who does it best. It just matters how much you like whoever's doing it.
Especially to a ten year old, whose capacity to appreciate different things is like, not even approaching fully developed.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6075 on: November 02, 2018, 01:40:23 PM »
A 10 year old showed me a BTS video which had a man shaking hands with another man who was on fire.  She excitedly told me it was "real fire".  It was as if it was the greatest thing ever.  When i showed her the cover of Pink Floyd's Wish you were her,  and mentioned they did it 40 years before (what is the Korean for rip off) she shrugged and wasn't at all impressed.  It seems that the nationalist message is "love BTS at all costs".

40 years ago, some guy was showing their teacher something about Pink Floyd and their teacher responded by pulling out a news clipping of Bob Hope or Glenn Miller or Benny Goodman or whoever and their teacher wondering why their kids were caring so much about this stupid "gay" band with 'pink' in its name playing a bunch of what those kids claimed was music.

Welcome to getting old.

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« Reply #6076 on: November 02, 2018, 01:43:03 PM »
A 10 year old showed me a BTS video which had a man shaking hands with another man who was on fire.  She excitedly told me it was "real fire".  It was as if it was the greatest thing ever.  When i showed her the cover of Pink Floyd's Wish you were her,  and mentioned they did it 40 years before (what is the Korean for rip off) she shrugged and wasn't at all impressed.  It seems that the nationalist message is "love BTS at all costs".

Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone.

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« Reply #6077 on: November 02, 2018, 01:44:41 PM »
A 10 year old showed me a BTS video which had a man shaking hands with another man who was on fire.  She excitedly told me it was "real fire".  It was as if it was the greatest thing ever.  When i showed her the cover of Pink Floyd's Wish you were her,  and mentioned they did it 40 years before (what is the Korean for rip off) she shrugged and wasn't at all impressed.  It seems that the nationalist message is "love BTS at all costs".

40 years ago, some guy was showing their teacher something about Pink Floyd and their teacher responded by pulling out a news clipping of Bob Hope or Glenn Miller or Benny Goodman or whoever and their teacher wondering why their kids were caring so much about this stupid "gay" band with 'pink' in its name playing a bunch of what those kids claimed was music.

Welcome to getting old.

40 years from now, people will still be discovering and listening to classic Floyd. However, BTS will be a few sentences on Wiki about K-Pop.

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« Reply #6078 on: November 02, 2018, 01:48:49 PM »
40 years from now, people will still be discovering and listening to classic Floyd. However, BTS will be a few sentences on Wiki about K-Pop.
Time is cruel to art.

Every decade that goes by 10% of what was cared about fades away. In 100 years time you're only left with a little.

It should be noted that rock as a genre is all but dead. There's a fair chance that pop will still be around while rock is at the level of blues and a few decades later will be at the level of what Zydeco or Ragtime is today.

I'm not commenting on the quality, simply pointing out that what you're describing is called "getting old" and you're not "it" anymore. Music belongs to the kids and they will make their choices and you can either be angry, bitter, and resentful over it (mixed with some latent...discomfort over what kind of people are popular) or you can move on gracefully.
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« Reply #6079 on: November 02, 2018, 01:56:18 PM »
40 years from now, people will still be discovering and listening to classic Floyd. However, BTS will be a few sentences on Wiki about K-Pop.
Time is cruel to art.
There's a fair chance that pop will still be around while rock is at the level of blues and a few decades later will be at the level of what Zydeco or Ragtime is today.

Ragtime will never die.