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Author Topic: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0  (Read 1098100 times)

Offline kobayashi

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3480 on: December 26, 2016, 09:01:36 AM »
ah, and so the english camp shenanigans begin.

came in 30 minutes early today to set up and prepare for english camp. of course since vacation at my school has started, there was literally ONE car in the parking lot.

try to get in the wing of the school the english room is in and everything is locked! i mean EVERYTHING. so i go around to the side of the building - the english room is on the ground floor - and i see the lights are on and one of the korean teachers is in there. so now i'm figuring, well, she managed to get in, there must be a door unlocked somewhere.

knock on the window, teacher opens it. "how did you manage to get in, everything is locked?!"

teacher: "oh, the window wasn't locked so i opened the window and climbed through".

EF. EM. EL. so, this morning i had to climb through a gawdamn window to get into the english room to set up for camp.

9am rolls round and there is still no-one else at school. 9:10 rolls round and the students are outside, still can't get into the building. finally at 9:20 someone from the admin office shows up to open everything  :rolleyes:

oh and do you think the materials i asked to be ordered more than 2 weeks ago have arrived yet?

HAHA. of course not! that would take planning and actual work! when were they ordered? last freaking friday.

so now i can't do anything i planned to do today, the students are having "english cinema appreciation day", and i'm here typing on waygook.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3481 on: December 26, 2016, 09:07:50 AM »
lmao, kobayashi, sorry to hear that your camp is starting off so shitty.

Almost the same thing happened to me last year, only I was given the school credit card to buy my supplies at local stores, so at least I had that. Except one of the materials was ice cream, and it ended up half-melted because we were waiting so long for the admin person to come unlock the doors.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3482 on: December 26, 2016, 09:07:55 AM »
Regrettably, we aren't provided with "personal leave" days.

What is the purpose of your Embassy visit?

If I were you, I would take a sick day before I ever used a day of vacation for personal business.

You aren't missing any classes, right?

It's been a week, since I have had to teach, with a few more days of the same before our camps begin.

I imagine you are in a similar situation, no?

Good luck.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3483 on: December 26, 2016, 09:20:48 AM »
Regrettably, we aren't provided with "personal leave" days.

What is the purpose of your Embassy visit?

If I were you, I would take a sick day before I ever used a day of vacation for personal business.

You aren't missing any classes, right?

It's been a week, since I have had to teach, with a few more days of the same before our camps begin.

I imagine you are in a similar situation, no?

Good luck.

No, won't be missing any classes, no camp or class that day (which is why I specifically chose it). But I have to get a teaching certificate certified for EPIK, not an absolutely essential document, so I will let it go. It just winds me up that my CT has taken "business trips" for things not related to the school AT ALL, yet I cannot do the same.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3484 on: December 26, 2016, 09:42:19 AM »
Understandable.

As for your professional teaching certificate, if you are from the US, you shouldn't have to get it "certified" as there is a professional certification number on your license that your employer/EPIK can easily input into "the system" to verify that your teaching credential is valid.

What state are you from?

All I did was provided a scanned copy, and the information for where and how that information can be accessed online.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3485 on: December 26, 2016, 10:16:10 AM »
I'm not from the US so yeah, have to get it certified. :(
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3486 on: December 26, 2016, 10:18:26 AM »
Am I the only one still teaching classes all through the end of this month??  :cry:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3487 on: December 26, 2016, 10:27:27 AM »
Best not to compare ;)

How many gifts were under your tree?

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3488 on: December 26, 2016, 10:31:44 AM »
Wisdom in a nutshell.

Alas, no tree! I did indulge in some online shopping over the wknd though, haha.
« Last Edit: December 26, 2016, 10:35:34 AM by yirj17 »

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3489 on: December 26, 2016, 10:32:12 AM »
Am I the only one still teaching classes all through the end of this month??  :cry:
Nope! What a pointless week. Almost as pointless as that week between winter and spring break.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3490 on: December 26, 2016, 10:34:26 AM »
On the bright side, it's nice to do fun classes. I am so mentally checked out though

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3491 on: December 26, 2016, 10:36:41 AM »
I wish Korea would go back to having school on Saturdays.

We, foreigners, never had to teach on any of those Saturdays, and as a result, summer and winter vacations were much longer.

Days of old...

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3492 on: December 26, 2016, 10:47:49 AM »
Regrettably, we aren't provided with "personal leave" days.

What is the purpose of your Embassy visit?

If I were you, I would take a sick day before I ever used a day of vacation for personal business.

You aren't missing any classes, right?

It's been a week, since I have had to teach, with a few more days of the same before our camps begin.

I imagine you are in a similar situation, no?

Good luck.

No, won't be missing any classes, no camp or class that day (which is why I specifically chose it). But I have to get a teaching certificate certified for EPIK, not an absolutely essential document, so I will let it go. It just winds me up that my CT has taken "business trips" for things not related to the school AT ALL, yet I cannot do the same.

you can use up to 8 hours of 'personal time' before you use a vacation day. depending on how far you are from the embassy, might not even take you a whole day.

it's there in the contract. and there is a category on NEIS for that. so if your CT is being a big ol' B, just mention it to her and show her the contract.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3493 on: December 26, 2016, 11:01:04 AM »
Am I the only one still teaching classes all through the end of this month??  :cry:
Nope! What a pointless week. Almost as pointless as that week between winter and spring break.

Piggybacking on that.

Two weeks ago
Me: *has project plan that will last us until the end of the semester*
COT: Let's play mafia this week!
Me:  :undecided: Uh... okay

1 week ago
Me: *has edited the project so it'll fit into 3 weeks of class*
COT: Let's play mafia again this week!
Me:  :undecided: Err... okay

This week
Me: *has abandoned the project because of time restraints and plans a movie day and a game day*
COT: The students need to do projects to learn. The 3rd years take a big test and get graded a lot on English. We need to do a project!
Me:   :blank: :blank: :blank:

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3494 on: December 26, 2016, 11:22:12 AM »
Regrettably, we aren't provided with "personal leave" days.

What is the purpose of your Embassy visit?

If I were you, I would take a sick day before I ever used a day of vacation for personal business.

You aren't missing any classes, right?

It's been a week, since I have had to teach, with a few more days of the same before our camps begin.

I imagine you are in a similar situation, no?

Good luck.

No, won't be missing any classes, no camp or class that day (which is why I specifically chose it). But I have to get a teaching certificate certified for EPIK, not an absolutely essential document, so I will let it go. It just winds me up that my CT has taken "business trips" for things not related to the school AT ALL, yet I cannot do the same.

you can use up to 8 hours of 'personal time' before you use a vacation day. depending on how far you are from the embassy, might not even take you a whole day.

it's there in the contract. and there is a category on NEIS for that. so if your CT is being a big ol' B, just mention it to her and show her the contract.

I really thought that this was in my contract too, but I have gone through it and there is nothing.....
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3495 on: December 26, 2016, 11:32:28 AM »
I am so physically and emotionally drained that I'm worried I'm going to take my frustration out on someone I care about.

I've been listening to the teachers talk about how glad they are that they don't have to work on Friday and vacation starts next week, and my co-teacher turns to me and says, "I'm sorry, but foreigners have to work on Friday."

I know it's all in the contract, but my God how pointless is deskwarming? I NEED a mental health day. And then camp for two weeks.... Why do we even have camp? One of the biggest appeals of teaching is the long vacations, but we have to fill them with camps here.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3496 on: December 26, 2016, 11:45:23 AM »
Sarcasm?

You are kidding, right?

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3497 on: December 26, 2016, 11:57:39 AM »
Actually i'm looking forward to deskwarming so i can work on some personal projects and maybe do some reading. Of course more vacation time would be preferable but I'm just ready for any kind of break

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3498 on: December 26, 2016, 12:00:23 PM »
I really thought that this was in my contract too, but I have gone through it and there is nothing.....

mine is standard EPIK contract.

Article 14-5

"...eight accumulated hours of paid leave shall be counted as one [vacation] day. This includes tardiness, early leave, other absences during the work day and/or half-days of paid leave. A total of less than eight hours will not be counted"

of course different areas use different contracts. So maybe Jeolla or GEPIK might be different.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #3499 on: December 26, 2016, 12:03:37 PM »
Actually i'm looking forward to deskwarming so i can work on some personal projects and maybe do some reading. Of course more vacation time would be preferable but I'm just ready for any kind of break

Yeah, EVERYONE else is working their office jobs and you get to chill and do whatever you want and get paid. Would I RATHER be doing something else?  Of course. I'd rather be a movie star, too. Take what you can get.
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