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Title: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: Bump on August 22, 2011, 08:50:35 am
So I've tried to make myself believe that everything is ok when teaching some of my terrible classes, but I'm at the point now where I can't sugarcoat anything anymore...I pretty much despise having to teach certain classes.  It's the kind of thing whereby it's almost impossible not to frown when walking into the classroom as you know it's just gonna be a lot of really terribly behaved kids making your life miserable for an hour.  Any of you guys ever feel this way? 
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: Jozigirl on August 22, 2011, 08:53:26 am
This is a perfectly normal part of teaching.  I have one class I can't stand.  It's hardly surprising that this class is taught with the teacher I like the least of all my co-teachers.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: yeti08 on August 22, 2011, 08:57:54 am
I am this boat also.  I really enjoy some classes, tolerate others, and absolutely loathe one.  It is a class of middle school grade 2 girls.  They have nothing in common with me and I am not one to research K-Pop and pretend to like it.  I am too old for them to have a crush on me so they are awful in class.  I dread the 2 hours a week I have with them and try to forget they even exist.  Worse yet when I tell the principal about their classroom behavior she shrugs it off and always has an excuse in her pocket.  They once complained I refused to buy them a snack for finishing their book....the nerve.  The principal ordered them pizza for their complaint.  My reasoning was if they can't do any work in class, can't stop mocking me, then why should they get a treat.  Ah hagwons.....must make them happy even when they're terrible.

I feel your pain, I'd recommend just going with the motions for that class(es).  Don't care whether you're getting through to them.  Focus on the good classes.  That's what I've done. 
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: Jozigirl on August 22, 2011, 09:40:23 am
Each year, I've had at least one class I've loathed since I first started teaching 8 years ago.  Whenever I reach my limit with a lousy class, my mom, who has been teaching for 35 years, always reminds me not to give the kids anything more than the teacher in me.  Don't let kids affect your whole day or even your mood for a particular class.  It's easier said than done - particularly when they're being really awful. 

I've had kids here (at a foreign language high school) openly tell me they hate me and they don't want to study English because they won't need it for their specific job.  Their English is generally good enough that they can communicate this message well.  I smile and thank them for hating me (they care enough about my class to tell me this) and comment that when they have their speaking test for university entrance (a requirement as of the end of this year), some small part of them on that day will thank me for pushing them. 

I pick my battles with my horrible class: I have one kid I've completely given up on (something I've never done before) and every other teacher has given up on him too.  Not having to fight him (and ignoring him completely) in every lesson has made the class much better to teach.  I also focus on the four kids who actually try to work in that class.  If the class is really annoying me, I try to remember that they're the ones who are going to be screwed in the assessment if we don't get through all of the work.  I've already passed high school - now it's their turn.  I try to smile throughout the lesson (while mentally smacking certain kids) and, at the end of the lesson, I walk out and go and listen to some music for 10 minutes or chat to a kid I like.

In hagwons, unfortunately, the kids rule - and they know it.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: chrisinkorea2011 on August 22, 2011, 09:59:34 am
It really happens lol. i work in public school and i gotta say sometimes there are a few kids who think they high class and their Sh!t doesnt stink. I have a few students in each of my classes who is annoying to the point where they make it their goal to get a response, but as a whole i dont despise any certain class. There is the great students who are in each class as well and they make it worth the while teaching kids english. Ive had some students try the "i wont need english at my job, so i wont learn it" to which i reply "What if something happens and suddenly you are at a place where you NEED it?"

most of the time it works, sometimes the kid still tries to be a smartass, but then i say more complex word and tell them to go look it up when they ask what it means lol
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: pak yu man on August 22, 2011, 10:38:13 am
I have a automechanics class...top that.  They have 0 interest in English and I get them for 3 hours a week.  I hate walking in the door.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: SpaceRook on August 22, 2011, 11:31:15 am
Any of you guys ever feel this way?

Yes.  Knowing what to expect from the class helps a lot.  Before class, I tell myself, "OK, this is a rough class.  This class is going to be 5% as effective as my other classes.  Some kids are going to be loud and noisy.  Most aren't going to learn anything.  I'll do my presentation, handout worksheets, and then focus on the kids who care.  It will be over in 45 minutes."

I know, I know....children are the future and we're supposed to have infinite patience and tolerance.  Sorry, but it doesn't work that way.  Your psyche will get destroyed if you expect the best from them.  Anticipating reality is the best way to stay sane.

Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: DWAEDGIMORIGUKBAP on August 22, 2011, 12:09:57 pm
I even despise teaching some of my best classes on some days.

I really feel this is unique to Korea as I am great with kids back home and grew up taking care of em a lot (Mum was a proffesional child minder) and even felt less uncomfortable teaching homeless people and addicts community theatre back home than I do Korean students.  Two of my friends made the move to Shangers and said the kids are just so much better there.

There's someting about the Korean frog in the well outlook (or more aptly IN-look) that makes them just on the most part unable to interact pleasently with foriegners.  It's all pure passive agression.

I just had a one on one class with a kid and was being ever so friendly, warm, approachable etc and he sat there the whole time almost shaking and picking at himself or with his head in his hands as though the end of the world was happening. 

That is just not normal.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: denimdaze on August 22, 2011, 12:49:15 pm
Definitely.  What would the school year be without such classes?  I have one where a group of girls constantly talk to each other, pull out their mirrors, comb/brush their hair, put on lip gloss, etc.  A group of boys in the same class can't keep their hands off each other.  This is 5th grade.  Even my Korean co-teacher gets frustrated with them, and she is far from a pushover.

That class makes me appreciate the better ones so much more. :)
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: skeller on August 22, 2011, 01:06:50 pm
Every third grade (middle school) class I teach puts me on edge.   I dread the days when I teach them.  It's 5 classes a week.   I try to focus on the 10 students out of the 35 that are looking at me and trying to pay attention, but it's just exhausting.   It's like trying to play trivia in a bar with only two people who happen to be sitting at the other side of the room and everyone in between drinking and shouting.  Really. They NEVER stop talking,  the majority of them are never looking at me. I've stopped even trying to plan interesting activities for them.  The only thing that makes me feel better is that even their Korean teachers have a hard time with them.  It's so frustrating.   

Anyway, this has been a nice little vent.  I'm feeling better now and I hope you all are too!

Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: yeti08 on August 22, 2011, 01:14:47 pm
I really hope some of the people who like to complain about NET's complaining see the difference between people venting about a common frustration and outright whining.  Though I'm sure someone will be in soon and say foreigners are weak....

It does feel better to know that many people are in the same boat and maybe learn something from each other.

My energy goes to the classes that actually are somewhat interested, screw the others.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: PsychoGemini on August 22, 2011, 03:14:13 pm
My energy goes to the classes that actually are somewhat interested, screw the others.

Yeti here just summarized it best.  I did a year in public last year and am now at a hagwon.  There are more than a few classes in this hagwon where I basically don't care.  Unfortunately, not caring gets a lot harder when my last three classes of the night are middle school level and eighty, yes EIGHTY minutes long.  They were hard enough to contain for forty-five minutes at my old middle school.  On the upside, I do have some students from my old school here and I always enjoy chatting with them as their English is quite good.  I even have an elementary student whose English is so good he's in with the middle school levels.

Quote from: sasez
In hagwons, unfortunately, the kids rule - and they know it.

Sadly true.  It's the kids and their parents since the parents are the ones paying our checks and once the kids start complaining, the parents start calling.  I know it's been said before and it's hard to take this advice myself, but let it go once you walk out that door and make it so the school doesn't exist until the next day.  Taking any of this home with you is the quickest way to become the next suicide statistic in this country.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: DWAEDGIMORIGUKBAP on August 22, 2011, 03:34:19 pm
The above is why I'm looking forward to working in China soon.

Kids parents sign em up for 42 weeks and PAY IN ADVANCE at the school I'm interviewing with.  There is a contract between parents and school what is acceptable and not and if they pull the kids without good grounds they do not get a refund, thus the kids are less likely to act up and the parents less likely to let them get away with it if they do.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: rorio82 on August 22, 2011, 04:27:45 pm
Full disclaimer, the following you are about to read is a bit difficult to pull off, and may prove successful only if you have a couple bad classes.

The only thing I can think of saying that might "help", is teach the students that want to be taught, even if is a handful of them.  What I've found is that when teaching those "difficult" classes, give *110%*(I apologize for the cliche) of your energy to the students who want to learn.  While the class itself maybe hell on earth, I was still doing something productive and tangible, and at the end I felt better about myself and what I was able to accomplish.   
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: cinamon on August 23, 2011, 09:44:23 am
I have two this year and as luck would have it, they're both on the same day.  Doesn't help that I teach them with my least favorite CT. 

I guess two bad classes out of 26 is not very bad, but still.  Hey glass half full right?!?

I just think about how I will someday see my problem students wiping my table or asking to wash my car on the streets.  Oh well.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: hilarity ensues on August 23, 2011, 10:06:15 am
I think that everyone goes through this... I can't imagine teaching as many different classes as most of us do and not having troubles with at least one.

Sometimes there's a problem that you can fix once you identify it, but sometimes the problem is too big to fix... if it's the kind of problem where I can feel sympathetic, it doesn't bother me as much. Sometimes kids are bullied or have tough lives at home or no hope... I just go easy on them and smile it off and try to help or make their school experience less horrible.

The only classes I've ever actively despised to the point where I dreaded them were usually horrible spoiled rich kids who were outwardly racist and rude with the full support of the management. I can probably put up with your BS if you're poor and have a hard life but if you get everything you want and you're still whining and moaning and getting all indignant and filing complaints because you don't get to play BINGO or whatever, it makes me want to slap your parents. I also hate the classes where the parents have filled their kids with ridiculous and probably racist expectations of what a NET is supposed to do for them... or where the previous NET spoiled them with presents that they didn't deserve and they expect the moon for doing the barest minimum.

Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: Snowytin on August 23, 2011, 03:48:13 pm
My supposed 'smartest' second grade class are the spawn of the devil. As of yesterday, I had my first cry as a result of school all because of my mounting frustrations with said class. I have been here for two years and never have I felt so deflated. My co-teachers have tried to help to no avail. At the end of the day I reminded myself that it's their own future that they are messing with and not mine.

That good cry allowed me to hold my head up at school today and continue teaching the other classes who are willing to put an effort in.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: Yu_Bumsuk on August 23, 2011, 04:25:06 pm
I'm very lucky. In six years of PS I've only had one I thought was just the most absurd waste of time. In six month of hagwon I had at least a dozen. I guess that explains why I'm here and not there.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: seabiscuit on August 29, 2011, 06:45:15 am
Comforting to read similar stories.  I prefer the hakwon life for various reasons but it's true, the kids rule.  I have one class that, every time it ends, I find myself seriously contemplating leaving the profession.  They are just mean!  They get endless enjoyment out of calling me:  dirty (DUR-TEE), a beggar (BEG-ARE), crazy (KRAY-JEE), trash (TRASH-EE).  I tried various things to stop it but after a little respite it just starts again, and I don't know how to stay on it all the time without seeming totally paranoid or infuriated.  The head teacher says I'm "too sensitive" and that's the extent of her intervening. (Funnily enough, right after saying that, she revealed that she gets drunk almost every night because of how the stress of the job gets to her....)  I'm thinking of separating the class into 2 groups, one in the computer lab while the other does essay stuff etc, thinking that might break up the mob psychology a bit. 

Anyway the coping suggestions are helpful thank you.  One other thing I do is pretend that they are me.  Me and my siblings did some obnoxious stuff to teachers at times when we were kids, now that I look back on it.  So when I look at them I try to see myself as a 'tween....it helps actually.  Other times, I have lost my temper.  I feel like a jail warden way more than a teacher with them.  Not what I signed up for, I keep thinking!
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: plchron on August 29, 2011, 08:34:59 am
I had some classes that really made me angry before. the trick is to lose your cool and let them know how upset you are by throwing a tantrum
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: samteacher on August 29, 2011, 12:13:12 pm
Yes, it's inevitable to feel that way about some of them.  I just try to remember that they are not all that way and move on.  It also makes for a great challenge as a teacher to see if you can get the most of the class or to make even subtle improvements.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: Jozigirl on August 29, 2011, 12:29:14 pm
I had some classes that really made me angry before. the trick is to lose your cool and let them know how upset you are by throwing a tantrum

That might work in the short-term but it'll probably make things more difficult in the long run.  Getting visibly angry here is not looked upon favourably.  Plus, losing your cool in a classroom anywhere is never a good idea - it simply shows the kids that they've won because you've lost control of yourself; you're showing that they're successfully getting to you.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: Cereal on August 29, 2011, 12:40:25 pm
I'm fortunate, I have no such classes. I have one student who is ADHD I am certain. He can be a pain many days, but he does try at times too.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: msbradberry on August 30, 2011, 03:39:59 pm
I am a new teacher to Korea but have taught at home in Canada and yes it is very normal to have trouble with some classes.  Although I wouldn't recommend thinking of the negatives and using the word despise as it will only get you down.  After class -try and think of a couple of positive things that happened and a way you could resolve a negative.  I highly recommend thinking of each day as brand new and this may help!

All the best.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: DWAEDGIMORIGUKBAP on August 30, 2011, 09:19:07 pm
^^

I like that advice.

Simple, direct but effective.

Some of us tend to overlook the obvious things like that.

But it's true, I just thought of one grade 3 girl whose cl;ass i had today and has been doing a really great job recently, past few months, really trying hard and co-operating and trying to impress me... really improved both her enthusiasm and ability and yeah it made me feel good about today...
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: kadams3 on August 31, 2011, 07:59:01 am
I've had some classes/students where nothing was working. A high school class of mid-level girls simply refused to do anything but look at their mirrors and chat to each other in korean. No amount of creative activities, coaxing, yelling, threatening, or pleading would work. Finally I just gave up and taught the one table that was actually listening to me. Didn't really save the class in the end, but at least those five girls actually learned something.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: SRon on August 31, 2011, 08:40:19 am
Unfortunately I was one of those bratty kids in my class, and from experience there is pretty much nothing that any teacher could do to stop us.

I would advise just teaching those who want to learn and tolerate the presence of the ones who really do not want to be there.

Good Luck
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: leporello on September 01, 2011, 12:24:07 pm
So I've tried to make myself believe that everything is ok when teaching some of my terrible classes, but I'm at the point now where I can't sugarcoat anything anymore...I pretty much despise having to teach certain classes.  It's the kind of thing whereby it's almost impossible not to frown when walking into the classroom as you know it's just gonna be a lot of really terribly behaved kids making your life miserable for an hour.  Any of you guys ever feel this way?

Yeah... I can't stand teaching the 6th graders... Thank god I only have to teach them once a week! Praise the lord! :D
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: zenbone on September 06, 2011, 09:58:20 am
my bad class is making me consider leaving Korea, just posted in the "breaking contract thread". They are horrible and i have no support to try to reel them in. It is a constant reminder every Monday that i am wasting my time here and that a year of my life has been flushed down the toilet. Good old 3rd grade middle, the constant reminder that logic and consideration toward fellow man is lost.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: DWAEDGIMORIGUKBAP on September 06, 2011, 01:55:59 pm
my bad class is making me consider leaving Korea, just posted in the "breaking contract thread". They are horrible and i have no support to try to reel them in. It is a constant reminder every Monday that i am wasting my time here and that a year of my life has been flushed down the toilet. Good old 3rd grade middle, the constant reminder that logic and consideration toward fellow man is lost.

One option is to just stop caring with that class.  Be there in person but not in mind.  Go in, give work, then ignore and let them do as they want.  Try as I might I find it hard to do this though... God darned stupid principals instilled in me from back home that aren't that useful outside of back home...
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: hilarity ensues on September 06, 2011, 03:05:40 pm
I've got this afterschool class that is endlessly frustrating... it could be partly my own fault because maybe I just had a really high opinion of them and overestimated their abilities-- or maybe things just dragged on for too long, I'm not sure. They're sort of 'good' kids, but the amount of effort they've been putting in versus what I thought they were capable of is really disappointing... especially when I've been spending hours and hours getting everything ready and trying to make it easy for them to understand.

I should have just stuck to minimal effort and minimal planning... or just got a book and gone through it with them. 
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: acopel7 on September 06, 2011, 04:12:26 pm
Everyone has that one class (or three) they don't like. My worst classes are either too sleepy/tired to do anything, or too damn loud and are usually on another planet. It's okay, because at the end of the day or in this case semester, lack of participation is a factor in their final grade for my class. That includes speaking in class and being prepared. But these classes never make me think of quitting or losing my temper, although I did almost completely lost my cool last semester.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: StephSeoul on September 06, 2011, 08:41:26 pm
If you have a coteacher, maybe you could try splitting up the class in half to try and separate some of the more distracting students.  Or, have the problems students do something incredibly boring one day, like write lines while the other students do a productive game.  However, with the latter approach it would be important to always leave the door open for students who want to give paying attention a try.

Also, if you add a minute onto class for every minute they are distracting (keep track on the board so they are aware), they will probably stay pretty quiet after the bell rings and they are waiting to run out into the hall with their friends.  Just make them sit while you stand in silence and watch them.  They won't want to be in that room after class again.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: natale_laplante on September 07, 2011, 10:00:33 am
My second period Tuesday class makes me want to run from the school building screaming sometimes. But I want to try a new tactic this semester by giving two of my loudest students more challenging work to do. (They're also my best speakers, so I think the textbook is boring for them and they start acting up.)
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: Cranberryopah on October 28, 2011, 04:02:45 pm
Two of my grade 3 classes appear impervious to games, contests involving Kpop songs, easy interactive activities....anyth ing.  @Natale_laplante I'm surfing for ideas, how will you implement the more challenging work?
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: DWAEDGIMORIGUKBAP on October 28, 2011, 04:59:22 pm
Some of them see us as no more than hired underlings, indentured servants, a sort of mix between a victorian charlady and daycare.

Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: mattybobanny on October 30, 2011, 05:43:55 pm
Yeah, I have a remedial class of high school boys who can be pretty difficult. Instead of teaching them, though, I just play with them. They seem to like to talk to me and challenge me (to arm wrestling contests, dancing, etc.) and will use English to do so. It's just the structure of class that turns them off. But I'm fortunate enough that my co-teacher understands and encourages me to play with them instead of trying to ram a curriculum down their throats.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: DWAEDGIMORIGUKBAP on October 30, 2011, 07:24:17 pm
Yeah, I have a remedial class of high school boys who can be pretty difficult. Instead of teaching them, though, I just play with them. They seem to like to talk to me and challenge me (to arm wrestling contests, dancing, etc.) and will use English to do so. It's just the structure of class that turns them off. But I'm fortunate enough that my co-teacher understands and encourages me to play with them instead of trying to ram a curriculum down their throats.

When ironicaly, it is exactly a curriculum rammed down their throats that they are in need of.

I once replaced a 'game' only teacher who thought she was the beez neez to teaching as she thought she was 'comunicating with them in a real world manner.'

Yeah but when you aksed them 'how old are you' they'd answer 'I'm fine.' and after her 18 months there had no more speaking ability past the weather and 'play game...'

Not having a go at you, but for centuries a normal, no fun learning style produced some of the greatest minds ever known whereas in todays world of making learning fun and exciting etc,  western kids can't even write proper sentences.

Learning is learning, the playground is for fun.  That's why they are two distinct things.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: Redwood on October 31, 2011, 04:50:42 pm
Totally agree with the last comment. Now.... off to find a fun lesson to keep my school happy.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: Yu_Bumsuk on October 31, 2011, 05:52:19 pm
Yeah, I have a remedial class of high school boys who can be pretty difficult. Instead of teaching them, though, I just play with them. They seem to like to talk to me and challenge me (to arm wrestling contests, dancing, etc.) and will use English to do so. It's just the structure of class that turns them off. But I'm fortunate enough that my co-teacher understands and encourages me to play with them instead of trying to ram a curriculum down their throats.

When ironicaly, it is exactly a curriculum rammed down their throats that they are in need of.

I once replaced a 'game' only teacher who thought she was the beez neez to teaching as she thought she was 'comunicating with them in a real world manner.'

Yeah but when you aksed them 'how old are you' they'd answer 'I'm fine.' and after her 18 months there had no more speaking ability past the weather and 'play game...'

Not having a go at you, but for centuries a normal, no fun learning style produced some of the greatest minds ever known whereas in todays world of making learning fun and exciting etc,  western kids can't even write proper sentences.

Learning is learning, the playground is for fun.  That's why they are two distinct things.

For some remedial HS classes there's really no point. I'm not saying you're wrong, but trying to do it right is just pointless. Bear in mind as well that for centuries 95% of the population didn't attend school until age 18, either. Today I did pumpkin carving with my lowest level HS class after watching a couple of videos. Yes, I could have done another lesson aimed at teaching some basic conversation, but since they won't be taking English anymore starting two months from now, why not just learn how to make a Jack-o-lantern?


Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: natale_laplante on November 01, 2011, 05:04:09 pm
Two of my grade 3 classes appear impervious to games, contests involving Kpop songs, easy interactive activities....anyth ing.  @Natale_laplante I'm surfing for ideas, how will you implement the more challenging work?

I hear that grade 3 can be especially hard. I don't teach grade 3, so I'm not entirely sure what I'd do. Hmmm...What were you thinking of doing?
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: anusface on November 04, 2011, 12:26:09 am
Absolutely yes. I work in a hagwon and have a few classes that I hate. I realise hagwons are more popularity based, but in my school the korean teachers are actually really strict. So the kids take my classes as a chance to take the piss, slightly, I don't mind most of the chatting to each other quietly, but my school genuinely expects my classes to have NO korean (I imagine myself sitting in a Korean language class for 60mins with somebody speaking ONLY korean at me, i have sympathy tbf)....id lose interest very quickly as id have no idea whats going on
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: Cranberryopah on November 10, 2011, 01:11:29 pm
Two of my grade 3 classes appear impervious to games, contests involving Kpop songs, easy interactive activities....anyth ing.  @Natale_laplante I'm surfing for ideas, how will you implement the more challenging work?

I hear that grade 3 can be especially hard. I don't teach grade 3, so I'm not entirely sure what I'd do. Hmmm...What were you thinking of doing?

I've fiiiiiiiiinally planned a new approach for my grade 3s--I'm going to fly right off the page.  After one year of pounding my head against the wall, I will no longer teach from the text book. Instead I'll look for captivating themes to adapt to the grade 3 middle school crowd.  I swiped an extreme sports lesson, spotlighted the vocab, and tossed in couple of extra videos. They somewhat liked it.

Things are going to change.  I cannot do another brain damaging year like the last one.
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: mountaingirl on November 27, 2011, 09:09:49 pm
I deal with this also with 3 of my middle school classes. The co-teacher has made it worse because his policy is to bribe the kids with candy and so of course they expect that of me. They're rude, mean, and don't care to learn anything.  I started to feel like a complete failure because I can't get these children to sit down and listen. I even asked about the former NETs because I wanted to know more about these amazing teachers with super powers who can get even the most uninterested kid to learn. But then I learned the problem didn't start with ME.  Now I just try to make the classes as interesting as possible so that I know that I tried my best. But at the same time I subtly watch the clock and countdown...
Title: Re: Anyone despise some of their classes?
Post by: Cranberryopah on November 27, 2011, 11:44:35 pm
My not from the book lessons seem to slightly interest the Ss, certainly more  than the book lessons. One of my CTs is also the HT (and next in line for a VP post). She set a new rule, after giving 3 or 4 warnings, she writes names on the board. Each name adds 5 minutes to the class's deskwarming time after school. But the Ss don't consider the impact of their rowdiness until they're actually in detention. So I'm still mostly dreading the Gr. 3s.