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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7000 on: October 19, 2017, 02:45:53 PM »
I'm sure you are being funny, but when I first arrived in 20+ years ago, you would be hard pressed to find a Korean who would eat the skins on their locally grown grapes due to pesticide usage.

No idea about today, though.

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« Reply #7001 on: October 19, 2017, 03:07:50 PM »
I'm sure you are being funny, but when I first arrived in 20+ years ago, you would be hard pressed to find a Korean who would eat the skins on their locally grown grapes due to pesticide usage.

No idea about today, though.

On that note. This could be true, possibly, but have you ever noticed that the older generations also break the stem off of the pepper, then eat it down to the tip and throw the tip away. It is because they believe all of the pesticides accumulate in the tip since they hang upside-down. I had seen it, but it wasn't until a few years ago that someone explained it to me. Interesting...

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7002 on: October 19, 2017, 03:09:07 PM »
So in my school we have a foreign language office where our desks are. Last year there were three of us (NETs) and then in December, one left. The school decided not to replace that person and instead cut the 2nd grade out and have us only teach 1st. Okay. Come March, I no longer have to share the classroom since there are only two of us and two classrooms. Also, I got a new boss and another senior teacher who's job in our department is blurry (aside from his normal teaching duties) to me. So I start sitting in the classroom full-time, mainly because I asked if I could change desks in the office (there were a lot of empty desks this year, staff cuts) because where I sit people are CONSTANTLY bumping into my chair, hard. It's jolting and frustrating. My boss denied my request. So, I just moved into the English classroom. No one but me is using it. Also, the classroom has windows in English, my office desktop does not and my office desktop is a huge POS.  Apparently, this is the wrong thing to do. I am being slightly shunned for it. So today, I went to go put the key back and tell the teacher with blurry job responsibilities that one of my students gave him a speech but forgot to make a copy. So I stood next to his desk, and called his name (in a polite tone) like 6 times. You could see that he heard me, but chose to ignore me. This behavior is utterly juvenile. There is zero reason to be upset over my NOT SITTING in the office. It is not like they would talk to me (conversationally) if did. Our office does not sit back and have conversations, at all. I used to talk to the Chinese teacher in the office (before she left) and we were told to take our conversations outside.  My boss has her little messenger (a young rookie teacher) tell me things she wants me to know. So, again, zero reason for me to sit in there.  And this mofo would have kept ignoring me if I hadn't raised my voice ever so slightly the sixth time.  I really hate some of the ridiculous childish hierarchy behavior here. Not one person is capable of thinking from someone else's perspective for even a second. Makes me want to stab people.   >:( >:( >:( >:(
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« Reply #7003 on: October 19, 2017, 03:11:14 PM »
Right.

I don't know how much of it is "fan death" type folklore and how much of it is actually fact-based/informed/educated practice.

Would be interesting to hear more from others, like peeling apples. eating kiwi skin and all, etc.

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« Reply #7004 on: October 19, 2017, 03:19:38 PM »
My middle school third graders have finals next week. Not midterms, mind you. Finals.

I guess the "we're going to be completely unproductive" period will begin early this year. After all, the test is the only thing that really matters, and they know it. Trying to get them to do anything afterwards is like pulling teeth, and now I'm going to have several months of it.

The first graders have nothing, because my school started doing a "free semester" for first graders last year, meaning no exams for them at the end of second semester. Could just be me, but I'd think it'd make more sense to make the first semester the free semester, so you could still test them on what they've learned at the end of the year. Oh well. What do I know.

The second graders have mid-terms, so that's still normal, I guess.

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« Reply #7005 on: October 19, 2017, 03:21:19 PM »
All of that, all around is just stupid.

My middle school third graders have finals next week. Not midterms, mind you. Finals.

I guess the "we're going to be completely unproductive" period will begin early this year. After all, the test is the only thing that really matters, and they know it. Trying to get them to do anything afterwards is like pulling teeth, and now I'm going to have several months of it.

The first graders have nothing, because my school started doing a "free semester" for first graders last year, meaning no exams for them at the end of second semester. Could just be me, but I'd think it'd make more sense to make the first semester the free semester, so you could still test them on what they've learned at the end of the year. Oh well. What do I know.

The second graders have mid-terms, so that's still normal, I guess.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7006 on: October 23, 2017, 07:50:53 AM »
The maintenance man swept away my neighborly spider's web.  I assume the spider got swept away as well  :sad:

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« Reply #7007 on: October 23, 2017, 08:05:15 AM »
I'm no Korean drum expert................. but they practice for hours every day.

A= Boom B= stick on side of drum (clicking sound)

A BBBBB
A BBBBB
A BB
A BB
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X100.

I could literally learn this in 10 mins. WHY do they practice for an hour a day every morning?
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« Reply #7008 on: October 23, 2017, 09:46:44 AM »
I'm no Korean drum expert................. but they practice for hours every day.

A= Boom B= stick on side of drum (clicking sound)

A BBBBB
A BBBBB
A BB
A BB
A BBBBB

X100.

I could literally learn this in 10 mins. WHY do they practice for an hour a day every morning?

Practicing an instrument oftentimes involves repetitive and mind numbing drills. These are performed over and over again to ingrain correct technique and timing.

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« Reply #7009 on: October 23, 2017, 09:56:31 AM »
I'm no Korean drum expert................. but they practice for hours every day.

A= Boom B= stick on side of drum (clicking sound)

A BBBBB
A BBBBB
A BB
A BB
A BBBBB

X100.

I could literally learn this in 10 mins. WHY do they practice for an hour a day every morning?

Practicing an instrument oftentimes involves repetitive and mind numbing drills. These are performed over and over again to ingrain correct technique and timing.


Yeah, as someone who's proficient in an instrument, I see nothing wrong with practicing basics.  Scales for days, yo.  Especially with drumming, I imagine the practice helps build up endurance as well. 

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7010 on: October 23, 2017, 10:54:20 AM »
Decided to not renew my contract as I wanted to go home to see friends and family. Finding it difficult to adjust to life back in Canada.

I want to go back to Korea -_-. I don't really like taking chances so I'm thinking of going back to my old school but It'll be months until they have an opening.

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« Reply #7011 on: October 23, 2017, 11:22:33 AM »
Came in this a.m. to all teachers dressed to the nines. Suit and ties, make-up, etc. Felt a little under-dressed in my long sleeve t-shirt and jogger pants. Casual but standard for my countryside schools.

After leaving the office to go up to my first class, get called outside.

Picture day.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7012 on: October 23, 2017, 11:53:44 AM »
The maintenance man swept away my neighborly spider's web.  I assume the spider got swept away as well  :sad:

Bummer. There's a huge orb weaver in a web right outside my apartment window, and he's my little homie. Whenever I see a new moth or dragonfly tangled up in his web, I'm like "Good for you, dude."

Yes, I realize the large, brightly colored ones here are the females, but this one's still a "he," because spiders are dudes. Always.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7013 on: October 23, 2017, 12:11:06 PM »
Decided to not renew my contract as I wanted to go home to see friends and family. Finding it difficult to adjust to life back in Canada.

I want to go back to Korea -_-. I don't really like taking chances so I'm thinking of going back to my old school but It'll be months until they have an opening.

Aw :( I'm sorry you're having difficulties adjusting. Sometimes the reverse culture shock can be worse than the intial culture shock. Have you looked into more temporary positions here? They're rare but you can sometimes find shorter contracts. Or you could take a job at a different school and once a job becomes available at your old school you could make the move over there.

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« Reply #7014 on: October 23, 2017, 02:33:46 PM »
Some teachers were snacking around the snack table.  I go over to investigate. 

Me:  What's this? 

They offer me some so I try one. 

Me:  WHAT IS THIS??
Them:  Do you know mayonnaise? 

Why the hell do mayonnaise pretzels exist?!  >:( :cry:

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« Reply #7015 on: October 23, 2017, 03:12:06 PM »
Some teachers were snacking around the snack table.  I go over to investigate. 

Me:  What's this? 

They offer me some so I try one. 

Me:  WHAT IS THIS??
Them:  Do you know mayonnaise? 

Why the hell do mayonnaise pretzels exist?!  >:( :cry:

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« Reply #7016 on: October 25, 2017, 01:45:31 AM »
Yes I've experience this too   :lipsrsealed:

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« Reply #7017 on: October 25, 2017, 08:25:19 AM »
This is the week of final classes with my schools (other than next Monday).  Yesterday was harder than I thought it'd be, with kids begging me not to go and some even gifting me with last minute presents of pencils, hah.  One of my favorites gave me a card and gel pens and insisted I take the pens.

And I get to do this 3 more times.  My poor heart  :cry:

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« Reply #7018 on: October 25, 2017, 08:57:15 AM »
When Koreans are surprised that you used to eat rice in your home country...


Don't they know that rice is an extremely common staple food in many cultures?? And there is so much more to rice than just the sticky white rice they eat. People talk about the myth of American exceptionalism but damn if Koreans don't think they are the most unique people on this planet. They think no where else has rice, or four seasons. The other day I overheard a Korean guy telling a Canadian dude that "only in Korea" do they have workout equipment in parks. No, that's not true. At all.

ahahaha so true! Although to be fair, today in my facebook memories was a post from my cousin in the states that said "I know this is a stupid question but does Korea have 4 distinct seasons?" LOL word for word true story lol
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« Reply #7019 on: October 25, 2017, 09:01:11 AM »
This is the week of final classes with my schools (other than next Monday).  Yesterday was harder than I thought it'd be, with kids begging me not to go and some even gifting me with last minute presents of pencils, hah.  One of my favorites gave me a card and gel pens and insisted I take the pens.

And I get to do this 3 more times.  My poor heart  :cry:

You can do it yirj!!!  At one of my countryside middle schools that I taught at for seven years, the students made a video with Oasis music.  The video was them panning around the library and every student had written a post-it to me so they panned around and then focused on each post-it.  At the end of my final day, the students took me to the English room and played me the video.  But I didn't cry.  When I got home and watched it again, I bawled my eyes out.   :cry:
OMG, I'd be a sobbing mess. When my first school didn't renew me for a third year the kids were balling and brought me gifts and handmade cards and gifts, I was balling. I hate parting from a school I really like. I am not renewing at my current school so we'll see how it goes.
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