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RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGATHREAD
« on: March 18, 2016, 08:30:06 PM »
I know someone sarcastically started a thread to contrast the ranting/venting megathread, but some positivity isn't a bad idea.

Even if it's to share something good that your jaded asses never expected to happen during your time in this country :laugh:  I don't expect this thread to stay on the front page too often, but I think it's nice to have a place to share those small victories on the off chance that we get them.

For example:
Today I was informed I'm being given control over 10% of my student's final grades.

TEN PERCENT.

THAT'S HUGE.

It's the same amount as the other older, more established Korean English teachers.  The head of the English department has 14%, for comparison.  The majority of the kids' grades are still made up of stupid standardized test scores, but I feel like this is a step in the right direction*. I'm honestly stunned :huh:

*Kids should be rewarded for individual progress and not just constantly slammed over the head with shitty national tests and ranked against one another.  Otherwise we end up with all the issues discussed in the "Why English is Failing Thread".
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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2016, 08:53:55 PM »
I like this! Though I have occasional instances where the ranting/venting thread would be appropriate, I'm generally having a pretty great time and it's nice to share the pleasant stuff.

Got four new teachers at my main school and they're all really nice! One guy even downloaded Google translate to try and speak English to me. None of them really speak much English but they at least try to talk to me.

At the end of the workday, the newbies dumped all the leftover snacks from today onto my desk and declared, "Your mission!"  :laugh:

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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2016, 07:49:36 AM »
I like this! Though I have occasional instances where the ranting/venting thread would be appropriate, I'm generally having a pretty great time and it's nice to share the pleasant stuff.

Got four new teachers at my main school and they're all really nice! One guy even downloaded Google translate to try and speak English to me. None of them really speak much English but they at least try to talk to me.

At the end of the workday, the newbies dumped all the leftover snacks from today onto my desk and declared, "Your mission!"  :laugh:

Yeah I think the positives are often missed; for myself as well.

This weekend I went with four of my coworkers (non-English) to Gwangyang for the 매화축제 (plus blossoms).  The place was packed with people and we had to park 7-8km away and walk with the crowds, but we had a really good time.  Later we all changed into our pajamas/comfy clothes and had fruit in the teacher's dorms once we got back.  We were going to go to the Gurye 산수유축제 (forsythia) next weekend, but I forgot I'm up in Seoul :\

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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2016, 07:58:37 AM »
My principle at my main school really likes me. He drops me off at home from school (which is quite far and quite rural). I think he want's to just talk to me and learn English. We went to a coffee shop after school, sat down and just spoke to each other. *This may sound homo to the less intellectual types*. He's retiring next year. Really nice old dude. xD

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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2016, 08:07:47 AM »
So unlike a lot of people I have spoken to in the past year of teaching here, my co-teacher is an amazing human who is always looking out for me and taking care of me! She did make me pinky promise not to ride my new motorcycle around until I get my license taken care of, haha.

My school and all the faculty are pretty awesome and even though I live in a reeeeally tiny town I decided to re-sign anyways because everyone is so laid back and the students are so nice. Plus, there is an amazing temple behind my house and a really nice mountain where I can disappear into the woods when I want some me-time.

Since I've been here, I've been shown nothing but the most overwhelming generosity and kindness from my Korean friends and co-workers that reminds me of my Latino family back home. Traveling is the best thing ever and it becomes 182491874180724019 times better when you meet challenges and tough times with unflinching positivity. Even the tough times lead to more good times. Have fun out there!


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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2016, 08:08:05 AM »
I walked in, and there was a big orange on my desk today.
What you put into Korea, is what you will get out of Korea; it will not spoon feed you.

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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2016, 08:12:58 AM »
Some of the buttgoats started blooming this weekend up in Seoul. Bit of a nice early surprise.
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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2016, 08:23:57 AM »
 :huh: The new teachers just got paid their first salary from the school, and they bought these adorable Paris Baguette gift sets for everyone.  They have a little walnut cake inside and a pudding and cookie.  And here I was sad I didn't eat breakfast.... :shocked:

Some of the buttgoats started blooming this weekend up in Seoul. Bit of a nice early surprise.
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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2016, 08:33:01 AM »
My school changed my schedule now I don't teach any classes on Mondays and enjoy a nice easy day to the start of the week.

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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2016, 09:07:51 AM »
The new first grade middle schoolers haven't realized they're teenagers yet so they still listen and cooperate when I give instructions! Ahhhh, life will be grand like this until about May-June but for now  8)

Also, gonna sneak out at lunch to enjoy the nice weather and a good meal before my PM classes.  ;D

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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2016, 09:39:32 AM »
I'm not being subjected to repeated campaign ads and bumper stickers. Yeah you get the ajummas here with their musical trucks, but they only last a month and then everything goes away. It's not an 18 month invasion and subjugation.

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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2016, 09:42:20 AM »
I made beer yesterday. In three weeks I will have delicious home made beer to enjoy. Amazing! And my football team didnt lose yesterday. A small miracle in itself! 

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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2016, 09:55:44 AM »
Nice thread for a Monday morning   ;D

When I first got here I felt so overwhelmed by teaching, my workload and my co teacher.
I had no idea what I was doing, and was left to my own devices a lot, I felt like I wasn't appreciated and I felt like my co-t didn't really like me. Anyway, for whatever reason I decided to renew my contract back in December. Then, I found out I can't renew at this school and I have to move schools. Since I signed those papers, my school life has just got better and better. Me and my co get on really well now, to the point that I would consider her a friend. What seemed like a crazy workload due to seeing most of my classes at least 3 times a week, now feels great because I get to have a close relationship with my kids and know them on first name basis. I am really going to miss working in this small school! I feel sad that I have to move but happy that I'm leaving on such a lovely note  :smiley:

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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2016, 09:59:24 AM »
Though I have paid attention to the "little" gestures made towards me my whole life, when the "little" things happen here in Korea it can really give me a needed boost.

Two weeks ago my main co-teacher was feeling really sick and left school at lunch time after chatting with our VP. She said goodbye to me while I was eating lunch in the cafeteria and when I got back to our shared classroom I found chocolates and cookies sitting on the corner of my desk. It was such a pleasant and thoughtful surprise for me to receive.

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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2016, 10:19:57 AM »
My school and all the faculty are pretty awesome and even though I live in a reeeeally tiny town I decided to re-sign anyways because everyone is so laid back and the students are so nice. Plus, there is an amazing temple behind my house and a really nice mountain where I can disappear into the woods when I want some me-time.

Yes! My town is also tiny but I really like it. The students are great and discipline is rarely an issue (and when it is, it's so easy to fix). And I like everyone at work (with the exception of only one creepy/eccentric guy, but one bad egg out of over a dozen is pretty good odds, I think). Everyone is generally really kind! If my schools get funding to keep me on a second year, I'd seriously consider renewing.

Even though it's super rural, the nice thing is that the scenery is quite lovely! Mountains and water all around.

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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2016, 10:56:34 AM »
My workload is lighter in comparison with my last school.

My new area has everything I could possibly need in walking distance.

I drink less.

My visa has finally been approved and maybe soon I'll get paid.

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« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2016, 11:29:42 AM »
- My job is relatively easy.
- I'm paid relatively well.
- I fell in love and later this month my partner is moving in with me. LIFE IS HAPPENING  ;D

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« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2016, 11:38:54 AM »
In between classes I stopepd I talked to a group of really fun Grade 6 girls. They were really excited to have me (previous NET was a grumpy old Brit) and showered me with lovely lies about my looks and we then we all looked at pictures some K-Drama hunk they love. I said bye and went on my way and crossed the path of three grade 3 or grade 4 boys. I said hello and they responded but then one of them kept parroting "hello, hello" in a squeaky, mocking voice. His friends laughed.

I stopped, sighed and got ready to spend 10 minutes yelling at them or ratting them out to their homeroom teacher but fate intervened first.

I heard the "Ya!" I heard the slap. It must have connected really well. Thought about turning around but I kept walking. Let them be dealt with the Korean way. As I turned round the corner the girls were still explaining manners to the little brats but I'm sure I heard some sobbing.

Karma is just. Life is good


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Re: RAVING/HAPPY SH!T MEGEATHERAD
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2016, 11:42:18 AM »
Angelinkorea, you needed to step up there. You let a 6th grader go unpunished for hitting another student, and a younger student at that.

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« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2016, 11:49:18 AM »
My students are clever, confident, and they make laugh. Every morning, I grumble and moan about having to work, how much I'd rather be in bed, etc. But by first period, I'm already laughing.

I work at a great school, and I'm very fortunate for this opportunity.