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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2300 on: November 09, 2016, 09:34:41 AM »
This isn't much of a rant, but I don't know where this actually goes, haha.

I just feel sad for one of my students who is stuck in my really terrible middle school grade 2 class. She will come up and talk to me when I give them study periods before their exams and she has told me a few times how much she hates this class because they bullied her in elementary (though not as much now), and because the rest of the students are so terrible that the other teachers have given up on them so she doesn't get to learn as well. There isn't anything I can do about it besides let her talk to me, I just feel bad for her because she really wants to do well and succeed.

Could you give her suggestions on how she could go about learning on her own, outside of class? Maybe try tailor something for her to do in class, while you do whatever with the others. If you do after school classes, maybe you could get her to join and you could help her during that class.

I have a grade 1 middle school boy who was in a similar situation, minus the bullying. Hes a high level student in a class of super low level students. While my co-teachers are pretty nice, the general consensus is to leave the low level students behind and focus on the medium level. The medium level students in that class are barely above the low level students, so anything I do in that class, is too easy for him, but challenging for everyone else. Once I got told I had to do after school classes, he joined and now I can challenge him a bit more. I also give him suggestions on what I think he should work on outside of school.

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« Reply #2301 on: November 09, 2016, 09:47:16 AM »
This isn't much of a rant, but I don't know where this actually goes, haha.

I just feel sad for one of my students who is stuck in my really terrible middle school grade 2 class. She will come up and talk to me when I give them study periods before their exams and she has told me a few times how much she hates this class because they bullied her in elementary (though not as much now), and because the rest of the students are so terrible that the other teachers have given up on them so she doesn't get to learn as well. There isn't anything I can do about it besides let her talk to me, I just feel bad for her because she really wants to do well and succeed.

Could you give her suggestions on how she could go about learning on her own, outside of class? Maybe try tailor something for her to do in class, while you do whatever with the others. If you do after school classes, maybe you could get her to join and you could help her during that class.

I have a grade 1 middle school boy who was in a similar situation, minus the bullying. Hes a high level student in a class of super low level students. While my co-teachers are pretty nice, the general consensus is to leave the low level students behind and focus on the medium level. The medium level students in that class are barely above the low level students, so anything I do in that class, is too easy for him, but challenging for everyone else. Once I got told I had to do after school classes, he joined and now I can challenge him a bit more. I also give him suggestions on what I think he should work on outside of school.
My after school class is only for high schoolers and unfortunately the poor gorl has 4 hagwons and a private home tutor anyways. Prolly not enough time for her to join even if she could.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2302 on: November 09, 2016, 09:49:52 AM »
This isn't much of a rant, but I don't know where this actually goes, haha.

I just feel sad for one of my students who is stuck in my really terrible middle school grade 2 class. She will come up and talk to me when I give them study periods before their exams and she has told me a few times how much she hates this class because they bullied her in elementary (though not as much now), and because the rest of the students are so terrible that the other teachers have given up on them so she doesn't get to learn as well. There isn't anything I can do about it besides let her talk to me, I just feel bad for her because she really wants to do well and succeed.

Could you give her suggestions on how she could go about learning on her own, outside of class? Maybe try tailor something for her to do in class, while you do whatever with the others. If you do after school classes, maybe you could get her to join and you could help her during that class.

I have a grade 1 middle school boy who was in a similar situation, minus the bullying. Hes a high level student in a class of super low level students. While my co-teachers are pretty nice, the general consensus is to leave the low level students behind and focus on the medium level. The medium level students in that class are barely above the low level students, so anything I do in that class, is too easy for him, but challenging for everyone else. Once I got told I had to do after school classes, he joined and now I can challenge him a bit more. I also give him suggestions on what I think he should work on outside of school.
My after school class is only for high schoolers and unfortunately the poor gorl has 4 hagwons and a private home tutor anyways. Prolly not enough time for her to join even if she could.

Ahh, that sounds rough. :(

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« Reply #2303 on: November 09, 2016, 10:09:27 AM »
I got a really nasty cold out of nowhere. I have no classes today so it doesn't really matter, I guess, but ugh, I just feel so gross. Time to make myself loads and loads of tea and become a blob.

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« Reply #2304 on: November 09, 2016, 10:57:03 AM »
I want to start wearing a hidden camera in my jacket so that I can start capturing some of shit I have to deal with whenever some of the teachers here think no one else is around.

Acting oblivious has really worked out in my favor here, but I don't think I'll ever get used to all of the passive-aggressiveness.

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« Reply #2305 on: November 09, 2016, 11:20:55 AM »
I feel like they should put the female NETs with a male co teacher. All I ever here on here from a female female team is constant bickering, bitching and fighting. The female male combinations seems to produce less of that shite. Sue me.

Sometimes (of course not always) that combo results in creeping. I know a NET who was constantly badgered by her coT for "just a date" even though she repeatedly turned him down and he was well aware she had a boyfriend.

Unfortunately that's something in the back of my head if I ever end up with a male coT, though he'd be hard pressed to top admin creep. Luckily I get along well with all of my [female] coTs, even the one whose teaching style I disagree with.

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« Reply #2306 on: November 09, 2016, 11:53:37 AM »
I do feel like office environments are more tolerable when there's a healthy mix of genders (the snobbery and games seem to be a lot higher when it's mostly male or female)... but it also heavily depends on the personalities of the people involved. It only takes one asshat to spoil the atmosphere, especially when they're tossed in with people who are, generally, nice people but who also feed off of others and act accordingly. This is especially true in Korea, and a lot of it will also depend on who's in charge and how traditional/old-fashioned they are. Seems to be an ideal cesspool for insufferable individuals to flourish in and to inject their toxins into people who would otherwise be lovely to work with if only they'd build up a tolerance or an immunity and just think for themselves a little more.

On the plus side, it makes it really easy to read what's going on.

My anecdotal experience gels with this.

The first two years I was here the office was all female and then myself (and one old drunk guy who finally got fired this year) and all of them were the same age and older than me. (One of the CTs I got along well with used to tease me about having 5 nunas...) Utter misery for me and most of the others.

This year its way more even 5 guys and 7 girls with a mix of age ranges. It's a much more chill environment all around.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2307 on: November 09, 2016, 01:10:40 PM »
I got a really nasty cold out of nowhere. I have no classes today so it doesn't really matter, I guess, but ugh, I just feel so gross. Time to make myself loads and loads of tea and become a blob.
Me too! It just came on all of a sudden last night. I did see a 5th grade girl sniffling today so I don't know if it's going around the school again or what. Hopefully I can shake it soon because I just got over a cold a few weeks ago. My weak immune system and these little germ factory children don't mix well.

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« Reply #2308 on: November 09, 2016, 01:15:44 PM »
I got a really nasty cold out of nowhere. I have no classes today so it doesn't really matter, I guess, but ugh, I just feel so gross. Time to make myself loads and loads of tea and become a blob.
Me too! It just came on all of a sudden last night. I did see a 5th grade girl sniffling today so I don't know if it's going around the school again or what. Hopefully I can shake it soon because I just got over a cold a few weeks ago. My weak immune system and these little germ factory children don't mix well.

Yeah, I'm not the type to really ever get sick but ever since coming to Korea I've been getting these nasty colds every year. Before, even if I did catch a cold, it would usually go away on its own within a few days, but in Korea, it always lasts a couple of weeks at least. I think it's because I'm surrounded by all these kids who just cough and sneeze openly without covering up and sometimes the kids try to touch my face (which I don't allow, but sometimes they sneak up behind me) and stuff so I never get a chance to just heal. Which I'm sure pretty much everyone here can relate.

There is also something happening far away that is making me feel really ill right now.

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« Reply #2309 on: November 09, 2016, 02:38:24 PM »
Air quality has been pretty bad recently. jumped into the red yesterday/last night for most parts of the country.

if you haven't been walking around with an N99-rated mask on and/or have had the windows open, that probably explains your cold.

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« Reply #2310 on: November 09, 2016, 02:48:07 PM »
Well, for sure my allergies have been crazy. I've been in a drug-induced haze for the last week or so.

So glad I purchased that air purifier for my bedroom.

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« Reply #2311 on: November 09, 2016, 03:20:36 PM »
I got a really nasty cold out of nowhere. I have no classes today so it doesn't really matter, I guess, but ugh, I just feel so gross. Time to make myself loads and loads of tea and become a blob.
Me too! It just came on all of a sudden last night. I did see a 5th grade girl sniffling today so I don't know if it's going around the school again or what. Hopefully I can shake it soon because I just got over a cold a few weeks ago. My weak immune system and these little germ factory children don't mix well.

My annual several-month-long cold and sniffles started last night. Woke up, scratchy, swollen throat. Congestion. General feeling of grossness. I expect it will end sometime in March.

Unrelated: my favourite fingerless gloves of which I've bought like 10 pairs over 8 years are no longer in production and I'm sad.

Maybe a change in diet?
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #2312 on: November 10, 2016, 08:10:27 AM »
I got a really nasty cold out of nowhere. I have no classes today so it doesn't really matter, I guess, but ugh, I just feel so gross. Time to make myself loads and loads of tea and become a blob.
Me too! It just came on all of a sudden last night. I did see a 5th grade girl sniffling today so I don't know if it's going around the school again or what. Hopefully I can shake it soon because I just got over a cold a few weeks ago. My weak immune system and these little germ factory children don't mix well.

Yeah, I'm not the type to really ever get sick but ever since coming to Korea I've been getting these nasty colds every year. Before, even if I did catch a cold, it would usually go away on its own within a few days, but in Korea, it always lasts a couple of weeks at least. I think it's because I'm surrounded by all these kids who just cough and sneeze openly without covering up and sometimes the kids try to touch my face (which I don't allow, but sometimes they sneak up behind me) and stuff so I never get a chance to just heal. Which I'm sure pretty much everyone here can relate.

There is also something happening far away that is making me feel really ill right now.

I've been the opposite here. Back in NZ a cold would last 2 - 3 weeks. I got a summer cold here and it only lasted about 3 - 5 days, and it wasn't as bad as the colds I'd get in NZ too.

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« Reply #2313 on: November 11, 2016, 10:08:30 AM »
Announcement over the intercom yesterday and today warning kids not to give pepero to the teachers  :rolleyes:

I'm all for cutting out corruption and favoritism in schools but is a 1,200w box of delicious sugar (poison!) really the place to start?!

yes, pepero day is a corporate creattion but I like it.  :P

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« Reply #2314 on: November 11, 2016, 10:41:22 AM »
Announcement over the intercom yesterday and today warning kids not to give pepero to the teachers  :rolleyes:

I'm all for cutting out corruption and favoritism in schools but is a 1,200w box of delicious sugar (poison!) really the place to start?!

yes, pepero day is a corporate creattion but I like it.  :P
I wish we just got a warning that there was to be no peperofor teachers.
 
My school changed it to nasty gross brown sugar coated rice cakes and orange juice day. My first class ended up being me trying not to look at the 3rd graders gnaw on rice cakes for 40 minutes cuz that's ow long it takes to chew up one piece enough to swallow. My CT explained an English competition our school is having to them and I got to clean up orange juice spills...

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« Reply #2315 on: November 11, 2016, 11:03:44 AM »
Announcement over the intercom yesterday and today warning kids not to give pepero to the teachers  :rolleyes:

I'm all for cutting out corruption and favoritism in schools but is a 1,200w box of delicious sugar (poison!) really the place to start?!

yes, pepero day is a corporate creattion but I like it.  :P
I wish we just got a warning that there was to be no peperofor teachers.
 
My school changed it to nasty gross brown sugar coated rice cakes and orange juice day. My first class ended up being me trying not to look at the 3rd graders gnaw on rice cakes for 40 minutes cuz that's ow long it takes to chew up one piece enough to swallow. My CT explained an English competition our school is having to them and I got to clean up orange juice spills...

Every time I get one of those god awful rice cakes I think, "Good, now have something to throw away."

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« Reply #2316 on: November 11, 2016, 11:36:55 AM »
Announcement over the intercom yesterday and today warning kids not to give pepero to the teachers  :rolleyes:

I'm all for cutting out corruption and favoritism in schools but is a 1,200w box of delicious sugar (poison!) really the place to start?!

yes, pepero day is a corporate creattion but I like it.  :P
I wish we just got a warning that there was to be no peperofor teachers.
 
My school changed it to nasty gross brown sugar coated rice cakes and orange juice day. My first class ended up being me trying not to look at the 3rd graders gnaw on rice cakes for 40 minutes cuz that's ow long it takes to chew up one piece enough to swallow. My CT explained an English competition our school is having to them and I got to clean up orange juice spills...

Every time I get one of those god awful rice cakes I think, "Good, now have something to throw away."

Bleh, they're awful and my CT knows I hate them so she was laughing at me XD I make the kids do rock paper scissors for who gets mine when we have them for lunch.

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« Reply #2317 on: November 11, 2016, 12:04:27 PM »
Announcement over the intercom yesterday and today warning kids not to give pepero to the teachers  :rolleyes:

I'm all for cutting out corruption and favoritism in schools but is a 1,200w box of delicious sugar (poison!) really the place to start?!

yes, pepero day is a corporate creattion but I like it.  :P
I wish we just got a warning that there was to be no peperofor teachers.
 
My school changed it to nasty gross brown sugar coated rice cakes and orange juice day. My first class ended up being me trying not to look at the 3rd graders gnaw on rice cakes for 40 minutes cuz that's ow long it takes to chew up one piece enough to swallow. My CT explained an English competition our school is having to them and I got to clean up orange juice spills...

Every time I get one of those god awful rice cakes I think, "Good, now have something to throw away."

Bleh, they're awful and my CT knows I hate them so she was laughing at me XD I make the kids do rock paper scissors for who gets mine when we have them for lunch.

HA! The worst is when you can't throw them out or pawn them off right away and then they go moldy in the bottom of your desk drawers  :cry:

Students do seem to enjoy them though so I usually try and "re-gift", too.  :angel:

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« Reply #2318 on: November 11, 2016, 12:12:21 PM »
I nodded off at my desk and hurt my chin.

At least no one was here to witness it.

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« Reply #2319 on: November 11, 2016, 12:17:41 PM »

HA! The worst is when you can't throw them out or pawn them off right away and then they go moldy in the bottom of your desk drawers  :cry:

Students do seem to enjoy them though so I usually try and "re-gift", too.  :angel:

Wait. Just how long did you have them? I didn't even know they could go moldy.