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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7840 on: April 12, 2018, 09:12:06 AM »
Not a teaching related rant but:
Sweet unholy raptor Jesus do I hate other people. I've gotten back into competitive Overwatch, and while I'm not that good (average as best), I've gone on a massive losing streak (25 losses in a row), most of which could have been avoided with just a bit of teamwork. I've dropped 2 tiers, and have almost dropped a 3rd, because people don't want to work together to try and win, they just do their own thing and ruin things for everyone else on the team. :\
This has put me in a very bad mood the last 2 days. >.<



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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7841 on: April 12, 2018, 09:13:34 AM »
WTF is it with people thinking native speakers are the weakest link that they can take advantage of?

The cupboards for slippers were reorganised such that I didn't have one. As a result, I got to work on Tuesday to find another teacher's slippers on top of mine. I immediately found a Korean English teacher and let her know how pissed I was. That worked, because the shoe cupboards were rearranged so that I had one by lunch.

Today, I get to work to find them rearranged again, although this time I do have a cupboard. However, there is already a pair of women's shoes and guest slippers in there. They are now on the floor, and they are going to be moved ever increasing distances from the shoe cupboard each time I find them in there. Or maybe I'll just wear my shoes.

Too many foreign teachers act like pathetic little mice in Korea. I wish people would make Koreans realise they can't screw us around just because we don't fit into their retarded 10th century hierarchy.


If your shoe cupboard disappears you have to beat them at their own game...

Step 1: Walk around school in outdoor shoes.
Step 2: Walk around teachers and step on someones toe.
Step 3: Answer any 'why are you wearing outdoor shoes?' questions with 'No shoe cupboard'.
Step 4: Sliding tackle your vice principal as he's getting his morning mix coffee. Make sure you use both feet.
Step 5: Give it the old, sorry, so sorry, are you ok razzledazzle. Slip in a 'No shoe cupboard' in between sorrys.
Step 6: Go outside at lunch and find a dog poo. Step in that.
Step 7: Come back after lunch and recline that bad boy chair like you're the boss and rest them feet on the desk right in front of the nearest teacher.
Step 8: Don't bother turning up for your class. You can't work under this kind of regime where shoe cupboards aren't respected.
Step 9: Call an emergency meeting with the Principal, VP and the head of the Korean ministry of education.
Step 10: Knock a couple dozen Sojus with the boys back and sort this shoe cupboard discrimination out.
Step 11: The Janitor gets fired and his pension is taken away.
Step 12: You get your shoe cupboard back along with your own personal parking space, the entire summer vacation off and a w2m compensation package.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7842 on: April 12, 2018, 09:26:38 AM »
Does Overwatch do the clan thing or whatever?

Not yet, but people are hopeful that one might come this year.
On the forums there is a place to look for team mates, but since I play on Korean servers, due to lag playing on 'Americas', I wouldn't be able to find anyone there.
As it is mostly people playing on Americas that uses the forums.

Not a teaching related rant but:
Sweet unholy raptor Jesus do I hate other people. I've gotten back into competitive Overwatch, and while I'm not that good (average as best), I've gone on a massive losing streak (25 losses in a row), most of which could have been avoided with just a bit of teamwork. I've dropped 2 tiers, and have almost dropped a 3rd, because people don't want to work together to try and win, they just do their own thing and ruin things for everyone else on the team. :\
This has put me in a very bad mood the last 2 days. >.<



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Leroy Jenkins sums up what it's like, almost perfectly haha >.<

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7843 on: April 12, 2018, 09:54:12 AM »
How often do you play, and what role? I play a couple of times a week with some friends, you're more than welcome to join us. We're not particularly good, but we enjoy the competitive modes!
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« Reply #7844 on: April 12, 2018, 10:00:30 AM »
How often do you play, and what role?

Almost every day, and a tank / support flex. Usually Moira for support, but will probably play Brigitte once she is in comp (have gotten bored of the others), or any tank except Dva (depending on what I feel like / what the team needs).
I usually have a big group I play with, but they have been busy lately, and they can't play again until next week.

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« Reply #7845 on: April 12, 2018, 10:11:28 AM »
Yeah I usually play support too, seems my destiny when everyone else instapicks the Shimada bros. Brigitte seems pretty OP to me, almost impossible to kill if played right.
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« Reply #7846 on: April 12, 2018, 10:23:18 AM »
Yeah I usually play support too, seems my destiny when everyone else instapicks the Shimada bros. Brigitte seems pretty OP to me, almost impossible to kill if played right.

She seems OP if you are out of place / your team lets her get close and you are a 200hp hero.
But she is easily killed by range, and if she can't get close to the fights, she is dead weight.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7847 on: April 12, 2018, 11:53:44 AM »
Not a teaching related rant but:
Sweet unholy raptor Jesus do I hate other people. I've gotten back into competitive Overwatch, and while I'm not that good (average as best), I've gone on a massive losing streak (25 losses in a row), most of which could have been avoided with just a bit of teamwork. I've dropped 2 tiers, and have almost dropped a 3rd, because people don't want to work together to try and win, they just do their own thing and ruin things for everyone else on the team. :\
This has put me in a very bad mood the last 2 days. >.<

I stopped playing Overwatch several months ago. I know the feel. Even if you have a few friends, it only takes one bad teammate to ruin a game for you. Overwatch is fantastic, but god is it frustrating.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7848 on: April 12, 2018, 01:01:14 PM »
WTF is it with people thinking native speakers are the weakest link that they can take advantage of?

The cupboards for slippers were reorganised such that I didn't have one. As a result, I got to work on Tuesday to find another teacher's slippers on top of mine. I immediately found a Korean English teacher and let her know how pissed I was. That worked, because the shoe cupboards were rearranged so that I had one by lunch.

Today, I get to work to find them rearranged again, although this time I do have a cupboard. However, there is already a pair of women's shoes and guest slippers in there. They are now on the floor, and they are going to be moved ever increasing distances from the shoe cupboard each time I find them in there. Or maybe I'll just wear my shoes.

Too many foreign teachers act like pathetic little mice in Korea. I wish people would make Koreans realise they can't screw us around just because we don't fit into their retarded 10th century hierarchy.

I wear my shoes, and I quite like it. I was told originally that I needed slippers, but I said everyone walks outside with their slippers, so it is all dirty just the same. They just looked at me. I never bought slippers.

I'd been wearing shoes for a while to provide support for my knee after a meniscal tear and operation. Only the students said anything about it. I switched back to slippers (well, men's sandals) a couple of weeks ago because I no longer need the extra support, and my feet would start to smell in the hiking boots I'd been wearing.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7849 on: April 12, 2018, 01:10:47 PM »
Not a teaching related rant but:
Sweet unholy raptor Jesus do I hate other people. I've gotten back into competitive Overwatch, and while I'm not that good (average as best), I've gone on a massive losing streak (25 losses in a row), most of which could have been avoided with just a bit of teamwork. I've dropped 2 tiers, and have almost dropped a 3rd, because people don't want to work together to try and win, they just do their own thing and ruin things for everyone else on the team. :\
This has put me in a very bad mood the last 2 days. >.<

I stopped playing Overwatch several months ago. I know the feel. Even if you have a few friends, it only takes one bad teammate to ruin a game for you. Overwatch is fantastic, but god is it frustrating.

I agree. >.<

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7850 on: April 12, 2018, 01:48:16 PM »
My 6th grade students are really low level it makes me wonder what on earth the previous NET and the KT did for the past two years.
They are just completely non-responsive, totally uncooperative, 98% of each class just doesn't participate at all. I keep things simple for them, because they are low level, I use activities that have worked perfectly fine with other classes in other age groups and other schools but they won't follow even basic instructions.

This is going to be a long year... Every activity I toss at them just has all the fun sucked right out...

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« Reply #7851 on: April 13, 2018, 09:01:35 AM »
We have a student who had an English for the whole year until last week. She has always hated the name, didn't pick it for herself, and finally said that she wanted to change it. We've all switched and started calling her by the new name, except one teacher who is antagonizing her, calling her "Not-new name." It's making her grumpier in his class and just making her upset.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7852 on: April 13, 2018, 09:15:52 AM »
We have a student who had an English for the whole year until last week. She has always hated the name, didn't pick it for herself, and finally said that she wanted to change it. We've all switched and started calling her by the new name, except one teacher who is antagonizing her, calling her "Not-new name." It's making her grumpier in his class and just making her upset.

Some people are just jerks.

I had a friend named “Jenny” in junior high.  That is her legal name; it isn’t short for anything.
There was a teacher who would repeatedly ask if it was “Jennifer” or “Genniveve”.

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« Reply #7853 on: April 13, 2018, 09:28:54 AM »
I taught Kindergarten once, and there was a girl whose name was Tianna.  We ( the aide & I) called her "Tee-ahna" for six months. It wasn't until her mother came in for a conference that we learned her name was "Tie-ahna".  I can't believe the girl didn't correct us after all that time.  :rolleyes:

She was easygoing.  Maybe she didn't care what she was called.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7854 on: April 13, 2018, 10:02:03 AM »
I taught Kindergarten once, and there was a girl whose name was Tianna.  We ( the aide & I) called her "Tee-ahna" for six months. It wasn't until her mother came in for a conference that we learned her name was "Tie-ahna".  I can't believe the girl didn't correct us after all that time.  :rolleyes:

She was easygoing.  Maybe she didn't care what she was called.
Yeah, it's one thing if the student doesn't care one way or the other, but if they have very clearly shown that it does bother them, don't do it on purpose just to rile them up. It just seems mean.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7855 on: April 13, 2018, 10:17:47 AM »
     I'm sure that you guys have noticed, but many of my elementary kids wear the same clothes day in and day out.
     I have a grade 4 girl who has worn the same pink Hello Kitty sweater since I met her in February. So, of course, being terrible with names, I just call her "pink-shirt" (as opposed by green shirt to her left, and black shirt to her right).

    Well, today she appeared in class wearing a white shirt, so of course that's what I called her. She got all huffy about it and was all like: "Teacher, no! I'm *pink* shirt!
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    Names are an important part of our identities, and I'm pretty leery of giving kids "English names" because of it. My name is pronounced differently in English as it is at home, and when I first moved to Canada, I remember the difference being pretty jarring.
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« Reply #7856 on: April 13, 2018, 12:43:51 PM »
    Names are an important part of our identities, and I'm pretty leery of giving kids "English names" because of it. My name is pronounced differently in English as it is at home, and when I first moved to Canada, I remember the difference being pretty jarring.

I'm on the other end where I don't really have a strong affinity with mine. One time in middle school there were 3 of us in the same class with the same name. The other two lasses were each adamant on a particular variation of the name so each claimed their respective preference and I accepted the remaining variant even though my family calls me by a different one. In subsequent times, some people have asked if they can call me x variation and as long as it's not bizarre I don't mind. These days I just introduce myself one way because it's easier (for Koreans/foreigners) to pronounce.

One of my former coTs was adamant about names being important to identities.  She's a bit older and perhaps more old school in some ways.  Funnily, I'd only suggested letting the students at our school pick English names (only if they wanted) because my first day at a travel school all the classes were prepared with English names to introduce themselves with (the coT there was younger and had studied English abroad) and seemed to think it was fun.  A few students hadn't chosen English names because they preferred their Korean ones and that was totally fine. I ended up learning all their Korean names anyway because it seemed to make them happy.

My older coT later came back to me and said if the kids wanted to use names during class activities that would be fine. I think she was mainly concerned I wouldn't learn their real names (it was a teeny tiny school so it was a completely reasonable thing to request I learn them).

If the kids wanna pick English names or request to be given a nickname, I don't see the harm as long as you're not forcing a new name onto them when they might not want it.
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #7857 on: April 13, 2018, 01:02:56 PM »
I'm on the other end where I don't really have a strong affinity with mine. One time in middle school there were 3 of us in the same class with the same name. The other two lasses were each adamant on a particular variation of the name so each claimed their respective preference and I accepted the remaining variant even though my family calls me by a different one. In subsequent times, some people have asked if they can call me x variation and as long as it's not bizarre I don't mind. These days I just introduce myself one way because it's easier (for Koreans/foreigners) to pronounce.

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« Reply #7858 on: April 13, 2018, 01:54:41 PM »
Yeah, people can be super picky about their names. I'm not, but I'll still correct people if they get my name wrong unintentionally. There was one supervisor who consistently kept calling me by the same wrong name, no matter how many times I corrected her, so I just stopped correcting her and went with it. She did that for about six months before finally catching on that no one else was calling me that and that I had another name. I remember people asking me later if it ever bothered me that she always got my name wrong because they would have been upset in the same situation. But she was always respectful towards me and even trusted me with info she didn't with anyone else, there was nothing malicious behind it, so I didn't see the point in getting uppity over it.

And then there was another supervisor who had a super unusual, super difficult name to both remember and to pronounce. It had a strange spelling, too, so looking at the written name yielded no clues. Despite knowing this, this supervisor always, ALWAYS got very angry whenever someone mispronounced his name. Always made a really big deal out of it. It eventually got him into a lot of trouble later after he got reported for abuse over it, lol (he would literally launch into 5-10 minute rants anytime anyone got his name wrong, even if the person was new, and god help you if you couldn't remember his weird name after hearing it one time).

So yeah, lots of variation on importance from one person to the next.

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« Reply #7859 on: April 13, 2018, 02:12:27 PM »
    Names are an important part of our identities, and I'm pretty leery of giving kids "English names" because of it. My name is pronounced differently in English as it is at home, and when I first moved to Canada, I remember the difference being pretty jarring.
If the kids wanna pick English names or request to be given a nickname, I don't see the harm as long as you're not forcing a new name onto them when they might not want it.
Exactly this!

If a kid wants an English name, I'm more than happy to call them whatever they like (except dumb stuff like "Terminator", "Ironman", and "DokdoisKorean"). but I'm not going to make up names for them myself.
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