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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1140 on: September 27, 2016, 08:01:01 AM »
Dear Korean Drivers,

If you're planning on making a left or right turn in the near future, get in the respective lane. There's a reason there is a giant line of cars in that lane, and no matter how special you think you are, your time is worth no more or less than those who are patiently waiting in that lane. If I see you driving up in the other lane and then suddenly deciding you want to get in it, I'm not letting you in front of me. I only wish that more people would do the same. Didn't anyone teach you that butting in line is childish and rude regardless of your culture?

My guess is, no.

Or they are just overgrown children.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1141 on: September 27, 2016, 08:04:03 AM »
80f today and my school won't turn on AC for the rest of the year. My office is on the 5th floor of the school. Gonna be a long day  :huh:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1142 on: September 27, 2016, 08:28:01 AM »
I'm having one of those "I don't know if I can do this anymore" days.

Way back in April I posted about how frustrating it was when my co would say "yeah" or "uh" every other word, and I thought I would get used to it but I still haven't. I'm trying to explain some changes we need to make for our open class plan and my co goes "mm mm mm" literally the entire time I'm talking. We finished our "conversation" and she's understood maybe 25% of what I've said. Her English is horrid and if she doesn't agree with what I'm saying or doesn't care she just pretends not to hear. I wanted to stay another year at this school but if she is still here I don't know if I can.

I'm tired of the food. The hierarchy is irritating. I don't like to stay cooped up but it takes ages to go anywhere. (And of course I understand that since buses don't have a direct route to where I want to go it will take a bit longer, but I'm just tired of being on public transport so much.)

I do like the kids and even though classes are huge I enjoy teaching, I'm just having an autumn slump or something, which is ridiculous because we've just had a couple of breaks so shouldn't I be more energized? I dunno.

I think things will start to look up once this inane open class is over. And if my co says she's not going to stay here for another year.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1143 on: September 27, 2016, 08:52:31 AM »
I'm having one of those "I don't know if I can do this anymore" days.

Way back in April I posted about how frustrating it was when my co would say "yeah" or "uh" every other word, and I thought I would get used to it but I still haven't. I'm trying to explain some changes we need to make for our open class plan and my co goes "mm mm mm" literally the entire time I'm talking. We finished our "conversation" and she's understood maybe 25% of what I've said. Her English is horrid and if she doesn't agree with what I'm saying or doesn't care she just pretends not to hear. I wanted to stay another year at this school but if she is still here I don't know if I can.

I'm tired of the food. The hierarchy is irritating. I don't like to stay cooped up but it takes ages to go anywhere. (And of course I understand that since buses don't have a direct route to where I want to go it will take a bit longer, but I'm just tired of being on public transport so much.)

I do like the kids and even though classes are huge I enjoy teaching, I'm just having an autumn slump or something, which is ridiculous because we've just had a couple of breaks so shouldn't I be more energized? I dunno.

I think things will start to look up once this inane open class is over. And if my co says she's not going to stay here for another year.

Maybe you need a change of schools? Maybe if you get a job elsewhere, closer to your home, it seems like it would eliminate most of the annoyances.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1144 on: September 27, 2016, 09:39:38 AM »

I'm pretty unhappy here myself. I negotiated a location that is close to my friends in the interview, but when I got here, put me in the opposite side of the country to where we negotiated. :\ Now because of the distance, I can't meet my friends as conveniently as I'd like, and I'm finding it very difficult to make new friends here.

As for your comment about easy being a sign of a bad teacher. I agree a bit. I find this job easy, but also incredibly frustrating at times. I think I'm a bad teacher, but I am trying very hard to improve. Bad as in, I still haven't found my lessons to be effective. Even my co-teachers note they can tell I am trying hard to improve though!
However, after 5 months here, they are still not telling me where I need to improve, even though they have the English level to do so, even when asked directly. :( As I get told "some parts are good, other parts need to be changed."

I get the same thing Kayos. They'll tell me I need to make changes but refuse to tell me what to change... and then get mad when I don't change it "good enough" or just don't make changes at all because I don't know what to do. Most of my improvement has come from talking to my epik-appointed mentor and just copying what another really successful teacher at my school does.

It sucks doesn't it. I had a 90 minute meeting with my 2 co-teachers, that speak enough English to help me, and after 90 minutes I got nothing useful out of it, while they got some creative ideas from me, that they might be able to use for their lessons. :\ (the focus of the meeting was meant to help me improve my lessons).

One of the newer teachers here is a real teacher, so I'm planning on asking for advice (we work in the same school on a Tuesday and share an office space). I wish I had a mentor I could ask haha. Also, one of the teachers is friends with the teacher I replaced, and I've been given contact info. I also got told that their lessons were a lot better than mine so, I figured if I can find out what they have done different, I'll be able to try and replicate them so they will be better.

I've been asking other teachers here for what they do (not lessons, but ideas for lessons), most work from the book though, which isn't helpful to me, as I'm not allowed to do the book. The 1 teacher here who doesn't gave me a quick run down of what he does. I've tried to mirror it, and I'm not sure if I would call it a success or not. I went from like 5% of the students doing work, to about 90% - they really enjoy it, but I think confusion has gone up a lot too (as I'm not sure they are understanding what they have been writing - there are a few that are).

Ah, yeah, that definitely makes it harder - not being able to use the book. I use the book for 2/3 lessons. Coming up with creative ideas can really be a pain. I've had a few lessons which were really successful though. What level do you teach?

All 3 middle school grades and grade 6 elementary. My elementary co, just wants whatever I do for my middle schools, as I'm only there 1 day a week. We do make it a bit easier for them, even though I think they are a bit better at English than my middle school students.
They want me to build my own curriculum, however, I'm not really creative enough to do that well. I feel like I'd be much better suited to making things around the book.

I've had a couple of my lessons be successful, but most have been flops. Also, my middle school co-teachers don't give me any useful feedback. My elementary co gives me lots of useful stuff, but she is the last person to have my lessons, so I only get useful stuff once I won't be using it again for the year (it's good for the future though haha)

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1145 on: September 27, 2016, 09:51:15 AM »
I'm having one of those "I don't know if I can do this anymore" days.

Way back in April I posted about how frustrating it was when my co would say "yeah" or "uh" every other word, and I thought I would get used to it but I still haven't. I'm trying to explain some changes we need to make for our open class plan and my co goes "mm mm mm" literally the entire time I'm talking. We finished our "conversation" and she's understood maybe 25% of what I've said. Her English is horrid and if she doesn't agree with what I'm saying or doesn't care she just pretends not to hear. I wanted to stay another year at this school but if she is still here I don't know if I can.

I'm tired of the food. The hierarchy is irritating. I don't like to stay cooped up but it takes ages to go anywhere. (And of course I understand that since buses don't have a direct route to where I want to go it will take a bit longer, but I'm just tired of being on public transport so much.)

I do like the kids and even though classes are huge I enjoy teaching, I'm just having an autumn slump or something, which is ridiculous because we've just had a couple of breaks so shouldn't I be more energized? I dunno.

I think things will start to look up once this inane open class is over. And if my co says she's not going to stay here for another year.

Sorry to hear that, I had one on Friday myself.
In a previous message I said I had a meeting with my 2 co-teachers at my travel middle school to try figure out what they want out of my lessons / how to improve my lessons (as they are constantly saying, some parts are good, but others need changing, but not telling me anything useful) - after 90 minutes we got nowhere. They have the English level to tell me as well, they just... don't.
I was thinking of staying here a second year myself, but now I'm not sure if I should just head over to Japan next year, instead of the year after. I like my 6 grade elementary (because the co-teacher is amazing; she takes an interest in my lessons AND actually helps during them!)

I agree with you on the food and your other frustrations. I'm a very picky eater (because a lot of foods will make me sick, but not because of allergies), it sucked when I had to go to another town for summer camp and had to eat the prepared meals (wasn't allowed to cook for myself / couldn't if I wanted to). Most days my lunch and dinner was just a small bowl of rice, because everything else that was prepared I couldn't eat. :(

Hopefully things will improve for you for the coming year!

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1146 on: September 27, 2016, 11:45:54 AM »
Lunch today was:

Mystery meat slop mixed with tentacles
Soup that tasted like a scoop of the ocean
Noodles (for the mystery meat slop)
Rice of course

I know I shouldn't complain about a pre-prepared hot meal but I am starting to wonder why I am paying almost $80 a month for this. Today I just ate a big ball of rice but would be loads happier with a yogurt and hard boiled egg whites or something. Going to start drafting my excuses now.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1147 on: September 27, 2016, 11:49:03 AM »
Lunch today was:

Mystery meat slop mixed with tentacles
Soup that tasted like a scoop of the ocean
Noodles (for the mystery meat slop)
Rice of course

I know I shouldn't complain about a pre-prepared hot meal but I am starting to wonder why I am paying almost $80 a month for this. Today I just ate a big ball of rice but would be loads happier with a yogurt and hard boiled egg whites or something. Going to start drafting my excuses now.

I'll never understand days where we get both. Pick a carb and use it. It's white rice and refined wheat noodles, this shit is simple carb central. Even picking one would be bad enough for sugar levels and health, now you're giving us two? The 보건실 nurse should have a 50/50 say about what we eat, along with the lunchlady.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1148 on: September 27, 2016, 11:55:02 AM »
Lunches at my schools are generally pretty decent but oftentimes too spicy. I'm thinking of opting out my 2nd year but i'll have to be very prudent about grocery shopping on the weekends as my local mart has a very limited selection.

I'd also rather have simpler lunches of my own choosing.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1149 on: September 27, 2016, 12:00:09 PM »
Lunch today was:

Mystery meat slop mixed with tentacles
Soup that tasted like a scoop of the ocean
Noodles (for the mystery meat slop)
Rice of course

I know I shouldn't complain about a pre-prepared hot meal but I am starting to wonder why I am paying almost $80 a month for this. Today I just ate a big ball of rice but would be loads happier with a yogurt and hard boiled egg whites or something. Going to start drafting my excuses now.

I'll never understand days where we get both. Pick a carb and use it. It's white rice and refined wheat noodles, this shit is simple carb central. Even picking one would be bad enough for sugar levels and health, now you're giving us two? The 보건실 nurse should have a 50/50 say about what we eat, along with the lunchlady.

I know! I opted out of the ball of noodles and was asked, "You don't like noodle?"  :undecided:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1150 on: September 27, 2016, 12:00:24 PM »

Maybe you need a change of schools? Maybe if you get a job elsewhere, closer to your home, it seems like it would eliminate most of the annoyances.
Oh my school is just 20 minutes from my place, so I don't mind that so much. It's just if I want to do something in the evening it's difficult because it takes so long to get there, but I'm tired of just being at home in the evening. I'm just being whiny, I guess.

@Kayos thank you for your kinda words.  :smiley:

Another rant:Why donít these kids have recess? Their little bodies were not made to sit in a desk and stare at screen for hours on end. I think they would be better behaved in class if they had a chance to burn off some of their energy.
And one more thing (whew I have I lot to complain about today) why are so many students without glasses when they clearly need them? Donít their parents realize that their child canít see? If a student has to come up to the front of the class so they can see the board shouldnít their homeroom teacher realize that something is off and let the parents know?

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1151 on: September 27, 2016, 12:02:24 PM »
Lunch today was:

Mystery meat slop mixed with tentacles
Soup that tasted like a scoop of the ocean
Noodles (for the mystery meat slop)
Rice of course

I know I shouldn't complain about a pre-prepared hot meal but I am starting to wonder why I am paying almost $80 a month for this. Today I just ate a big ball of rice but would be loads happier with a yogurt and hard boiled egg whites or something. Going to start drafting my excuses now.

I'll never understand days where we get both. Pick a carb and use it. It's white rice and refined wheat noodles, this shit is simple carb central. Even picking one would be bad enough for sugar levels and health, now you're giving us two? The 보건실 nurse should have a 50/50 say about what we eat, along with the lunchlady.
I did really like my elementary school before, they had a nutritionist they hired to work with the lunch staff to come up with the meals. At my current school I just make lunch myself in the school kitchen.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1152 on: September 27, 2016, 12:04:12 PM »

Maybe you need a change of schools? Maybe if you get a job elsewhere, closer to your home, it seems like it would eliminate most of the annoyances.
Oh my school is just 20 minutes from my place, so I don't mind that so much. It's just if I want to do something in the evening it's difficult because it takes so long to get there, but I'm tired of just being at home in the evening. I'm just being whiny, I guess.

@Kayos thank you for your kinda words.  :smiley:

Another rant:Why donít these kids have recess? Their little bodies were not made to sit in a desk and stare at screen for hours on end. I think they would be better behaved in class if they had a chance to burn off some of their energy.
And one more thing (whew I have I lot to complain about today) why are so many students without glasses when they clearly need them? Donít their parents realize that their child canít see? If a student has to come up to the front of the class so they can see the board shouldnít their homeroom teacher realize that something is off and let the parents know?
As a kid who grew up with (often without) glasses I can kinda explain this one. Some kids just hate wearing them so much they will intentionally lose, break, or leave them behind just to get out of wearing glasses. Kids don't realize how much weirder it looks to squint at the board.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1153 on: September 27, 2016, 12:07:20 PM »

Maybe you need a change of schools? Maybe if you get a job elsewhere, closer to your home, it seems like it would eliminate most of the annoyances.
Oh my school is just 20 minutes from my place, so I don't mind that so much. It's just if I want to do something in the evening it's difficult because it takes so long to get there, but I'm tired of just being at home in the evening. I'm just being whiny, I guess.

@Kayos thank you for your kinda words.  :smiley:

Another rant:Why donít these kids have recess? Their little bodies were not made to sit in a desk and stare at screen for hours on end. I think they would be better behaved in class if they had a chance to burn off some of their energy.
And one more thing (whew I have I lot to complain about today) why are so many students without glasses when they clearly need them? Donít their parents realize that their child canít see? If a student has to come up to the front of the class so they can see the board shouldnít their homeroom teacher realize that something is off and let the parents know?
As a kid who grew up with (often without) glasses I can kinda explain this one. Some kids just hate wearing them so much they will intentionally lose, break, or leave them behind just to get out of wearing glasses. Kids don't realize how much weirder it looks to squint at the board.
I remember hiding my glasses one time and then legitimately forgetting where I had hidden them so I had to go get another pair. I also lost my glasses in the ocean one time when I was at the beach, though that time was an accident.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1154 on: September 27, 2016, 12:09:49 PM »
I grew up hating glasses too and my eyesight is horrid. In music class i would memorize the different rhythms on the board by listening and figuring out which one i would be tested on. Once i got older i stopped caring and started wearing glasses again.

One of my middle schoolers lost her glasses months ago and hasn't gotten a new pair. Finances may also be an issue?

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« Reply #1155 on: September 27, 2016, 12:13:26 PM »
I just got called on to take part in the other teachers very loud argument about baking soda and baking powder.

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« Reply #1156 on: September 27, 2016, 01:12:02 PM »
My CTs are incapable of coordination.
I am teaching 5 different lessons this week for grade 4 which has 6 classes. I'm not even sure how it's possible.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1157 on: September 27, 2016, 01:15:45 PM »
Lunch today was:

Mystery meat slop mixed with tentacles
Soup that tasted like a scoop of the ocean
Noodles (for the mystery meat slop)
Rice of course

I know I shouldn't complain about a pre-prepared hot meal but I am starting to wonder why I am paying almost $80 a month for this. Today I just ate a big ball of rice but would be loads happier with a yogurt and hard boiled egg whites or something. Going to start drafting my excuses now.

I'll never understand days where we get both. Pick a carb and use it. It's white rice and refined wheat noodles, this shit is simple carb central. Even picking one would be bad enough for sugar levels and health, now you're giving us two? The 보건실 nurse should have a 50/50 say about what we eat, along with the lunchlady.
I did really like my elementary school before, they had a nutritionist they hired to work with the lunch staff to come up with the meals. At my current school I just make lunch myself in the school kitchen.

I can't relate at all to those who say that they hate the food that they are served in the cafeteria. My school also has a nutritionist that works with the lunch ladies. My meals are always balanced and delicious. Today: Rice, manduguk, fish pancake, seasoned ginseng, andof course, KIMCHI. I feel like Im getting a bargain for the $65 I am paying every month. I also love the fact tht the kids at school dont have to pay for any of it. Which was quite different for me growing up in America. You would pay for low quality garbage at the public schools that I went to.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1158 on: September 27, 2016, 01:26:28 PM »
I might get crucified for saying this but...I really don't like ramen.

I'm mystified at how revered it is in the foreign community here.  Facebook groups full of people looking for it, talking about it, eating it, planning to eat it, craving it, travelling to Japan just for it alone.  It's never ending.

When someone asks me "Hey The Arm, do you want to get ramen for dinner?", all I hear is "Hey The Arm, do you want to eat a bowl of hot water for dinner?"

Am I an uncultured swine?  :laugh:

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« Reply #1159 on: September 27, 2016, 02:10:30 PM »
Not wanting to wear glasses could be a factor for some, but the boys I'm thinking of already have glasses but have to come up to the front to see. I think their prescription just needs to be updated. I suppose cost could be a factor. I hope they get new glasses soon though.