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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5040 on: May 03, 2018, 11:01:09 am »
One thing that's a mystery to me:

My main school, in a more metropolitan area, has a water fountain with cold and hot options, but the bathrooms only have cold water in the sinks. My second school, in the countryside, has a busted water fountain that hasn't been fixed since last semester, but the sinks in the bathroom have always had hot water. It's so backwards.

I don't understand why, and I don't suppose I ever will.

Don't even get me started on the lack of hot water in most washrooms here. It's literally one of the dumbest things. School budgets may not be unlimited, but they are often very sizeable, and very poorly allocated. Not a single school I have worked in has had hot water in the bathrooms year round. Two had it in the winter, but would turn it off as soon as the risk of freezing was past.

But a lot of the time, especially in the winter, nobody will wash their hands because the water is too cold. And washing your hands in warm water is generally better than washing your hands in cold water.

But nobody washes their hands, anyways.

How did it come about that every classroom has a giant, modern TV, but the schoolboard never saw fit to outfit schools with hot water? There are literally wall-mounted electric hot water heaters that can be installed with very little in the way of new plumbing needed. Or, you're Korea - you're literally a rich, modern country. Install real hot water heaters.

And stop putting disgusting bar soap in the bathrooms of schools. Like, put a soap pump. And encourage people to practice basic hygiene. OH MY GOD SERIOUSLY wash your hands people.

Depending on how the bathroom is set up, you may be able to do as I do and turn the water heater on. I located the small heater under the sink, and turn it on if there isn't warm water. It doesn't take time to heat up since it is so small.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5041 on: May 03, 2018, 02:12:36 pm »
I taught Onomatopoeias today, and my final activity was for the students to draw on some comic panels I provided them, using at least 3 onomatopoeias to make a story.

Now, you would think that the students who usually just doodle and ignore me would take this opportunity to actually put that skill to use,and they certainly did doodle... On another sheet of paper  :undecided:

Logic?
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5042 on: May 03, 2018, 02:57:23 pm »
I taught Onomatopoeias today, and my final activity was for the students to draw on some comic panels I provided them, using at least 3 onomatopoeias to make a story.

Now, you would think that the students who usually just doodle and ignore me would take this opportunity to actually put that skill to use,and they certainly did doodle... On another sheet of paper  :undecided:

Logic?

I've had kids do this same thing. Really, it's just because they don't want to do any work related to the subject itself. It's kind of a form of rebellion.

Like, whenever I do group projects that require drawing and coloring, for example, I always have low-level kids try to whine their ways out of participation with statements like, "I hate art" or "I hate drawing." And what do I catch them doing later? Using the markers to draw fake tattoos on their arms while their group members are working on the poster or whatever.

And I'm all like, "Why aren't you helping?"

Them: Teacher, I hate art. Drawing, no.
Me: *points at arm* If you can draw on your arm, you can draw on some paper.
Them: *looks of confusion, turn to coT for help, she translates, realize they're idiots*
Them: .... headache?
Me: Nice try, get to work.

Every semester. xD



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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5043 on: May 03, 2018, 05:38:46 pm »
Same here!

One of my 5ths hates drawing with a passion (I always have a drawing thing once a week) so he does it halfway and then gives up. 5 minutes later, he's on the board drawing a perfect T-51 power armor. Go figure.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5044 on: May 04, 2018, 12:05:07 pm »
HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! XD

And bring on the long weekend!  ;D ;D ;D


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5045 on: May 04, 2018, 03:17:23 pm »
Found my middle school students manhandling a small salamander so I promptly confiscated it with the intent to release it in the local river area.

They've tried to get it back multiple times. Different students saying "It's my pet! I bought it!" or "I told the prinical that you took my pet away"  or "I found it in the teacher smoking area." I'm not inclined to believe them -_- They all ended up changing their story or giving up at some point though.
 I'm just gunna release it and hope an angry parent doesn't come breathing down my neck on Tuesday.  :undecided:

Oh well, happy Friday!


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5046 on: May 05, 2018, 09:17:29 am »
Happy Saturday, I just accidentally dumped freshly boiled water all down the front of my body wearing Woolen sleep pants and socks
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5047 on: May 05, 2018, 11:22:37 am »
Happy Saturday, I just accidentally dumped freshly boiled water all down the front of my body wearing Woolen sleep pants and socks
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Wow. Feel better.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5048 on: May 06, 2018, 04:30:24 pm »
Sat down and talked with one of my co-teachers over some tea. She asked me about classrooms in America, and started telling me how envious she was that parents back home stress good grades AND good behavior.

That said, I started wondering how the pay here for the average Korean teacher compares to the average American teacher. I know American teachers are waging protests these days for better pay, but she told me it's pretty bad here too.

Anyone know how it stacks up?

korean teachers actually get paid very well:

http://www.businessinsider.com/teacher-salaries-by-country-2016-1/?IR=T

also bear in mind that those figures don't even include all the bonuses korean teachers get. 60% of their salary as a bonus for seolnal, and again for chuseok. they also get a performance-based bonus each year depending on whether they achieve a rank of S, A, or B, and it's impossible to get ranked as below B, so no matter how shitty their performance is they'll still get a bonus. Bonus for B rank for a younger teacher is around 1 million Won i think.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5049 on: May 07, 2018, 01:15:55 am »
Sat down and talked with one of my co-teachers over some tea. She asked me about classrooms in America, and started telling me how envious she was that parents back home stress good grades AND good behavior.

That said, I started wondering how the pay here for the average Korean teacher compares to the average American teacher. I know American teachers are waging protests these days for better pay, but she told me it's pretty bad here too.

Anyone know how it stacks up?

korean teachers actually get paid very well:

http://www.businessinsider.com/teacher-salaries-by-country-2016-1/?IR=T

also bear in mind that those figures don't even include all the bonuses korean teachers get. 60% of their salary as a bonus for seolnal, and again for chuseok. they also get a performance-based bonus each year depending on whether they achieve a rank of S, A, or B, and it's impossible to get ranked as below B, so no matter how shitty their performance is they'll still get a bonus. Bonus for B rank for a younger teacher is around 1 million Won i think.

Yeah, not sure why some Koreans in the education office bitch about us being so "expensive".  They need to check their facts before they run off at the mouth spouting ignorance. 


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5050 on: May 08, 2018, 10:35:21 am »
So for fun I was checking how many days I have left at work.

109 days til the end of my contract!

and

73 days til the end of term!

 :shocked:

My motivation is slowly creeping down every day though. I still do a good job and I doubt anyone has noticed much but mentally I just can't be arsed anymore.




Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5051 on: May 08, 2018, 10:37:29 am »
So for fun I was checking how many days I have left at work.

109 days til the end of my contract!

and

73 days til the end of term!

 :shocked:

My motivation is slowly creeping down every day though. I still do a good job and I doubt anyone has noticed much but mentally I just can't be arsed anymore.

Are you peace-ing out when you're done, or just peace-ing out of that particular job?


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5052 on: May 08, 2018, 10:45:33 am »
So for fun I was checking how many days I have left at work.

109 days til the end of my contract!

and

73 days til the end of term!

 :shocked:

My motivation is slowly creeping down every day though. I still do a good job and I doubt anyone has noticed much but mentally I just can't be arsed anymore.

Are you peace-ing out when you're done, or just peace-ing out of that particular job?


Peace - ing out out. Back home.

It's pretty ****** scary actually.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5053 on: May 08, 2018, 10:55:23 am »
So for fun I was checking how many days I have left at work.

109 days til the end of my contract!

and

73 days til the end of term!

 :shocked:

My motivation is slowly creeping down every day though. I still do a good job and I doubt anyone has noticed much but mentally I just can't be arsed anymore.

Are you peace-ing out when you're done, or just peace-ing out of that particular job?


Peace - ing out out. Back home.

It's pretty ****** scary actually.

I did that.... then came back a year later. Hopefully it works out better for you than it did for me. :)


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5054 on: May 08, 2018, 12:41:28 pm »
So for fun I was checking how many days I have left at work.

109 days til the end of my contract!

and

73 days til the end of term!

 :shocked:

My motivation is slowly creeping down every day though. I still do a good job and I doubt anyone has noticed much but mentally I just can't be arsed anymore.

Are you peace-ing out when you're done, or just peace-ing out of that particular job?


Peace - ing out out. Back home.

It's pretty ****** scary actually.

I did that.... then came back a year later. Hopefully it works out better for you than it did for me. :)

That's super scary. What made you come back? If you don't mind me asking.

Most of the people I know that went and came back again went into teaching back home and hated it.

I think emotionally I'm really done with Korea.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5055 on: May 08, 2018, 12:45:04 pm »
So for fun I was checking how many days I have left at work.

109 days til the end of my contract!

and

73 days til the end of term!

 :shocked:

My motivation is slowly creeping down every day though. I still do a good job and I doubt anyone has noticed much but mentally I just can't be arsed anymore.

Are you peace-ing out when you're done, or just peace-ing out of that particular job?


Peace - ing out out. Back home.

It's pretty ****** scary actually.

Marks and Spencers isn't really that scary.  I mean no one really does their main shop there, just some special bits.

And Cornish pasties?



And you get to go to a country pub and drink ale 



:cry:

And you actually have a build up to Christmas that means something...

 :cry: :cry: :cry:

Everything in this post was beautiful.

I doubt I'll ever be able to shop regularly in Marks and Sparks though   :cry: Maybe late at night when they discount. Anyway...Waitrose is posher now isn't it?

Christmas is going to be amazing. I really miss the buzz of it, it was always and still is my favorite time of year. I know people say it's too much and Christmas is just commercialized now but I really don't care. It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Thanks Dave I'm excited to go back again now.  ;D
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5056 on: May 08, 2018, 12:59:26 pm »
So for fun I was checking how many days I have left at work.

109 days til the end of my contract!

and

73 days til the end of term!

 :shocked:

My motivation is slowly creeping down every day though. I still do a good job and I doubt anyone has noticed much but mentally I just can't be arsed anymore.

Are you peace-ing out when you're done, or just peace-ing out of that particular job?


Peace - ing out out. Back home.

It's pretty ****** scary actually.

I did that.... then came back a year later. Hopefully it works out better for you than it did for me. :)

That's super scary. What made you come back? If you don't mind me asking.

Most of the people I know that went and came back again went into teaching back home and hated it.

I think emotionally I'm really done with Korea.

After about 8 months, the "reverse culture shock" things hadn't gone away.... and I realized they probably never would. I also realized how much I actually missed my job in Korea and how much I missed life there. The grass always seems greener.... then you realize it actually wasn't. :-/


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5057 on: May 08, 2018, 01:51:20 pm »
So for fun I was checking how many days I have left at work.

109 days til the end of my contract!

and

73 days til the end of term!

 :shocked:

My motivation is slowly creeping down every day though. I still do a good job and I doubt anyone has noticed much but mentally I just can't be arsed anymore.

Are you peace-ing out when you're done, or just peace-ing out of that particular job?


Peace - ing out out. Back home.

It's pretty ****** scary actually.

I did that.... then came back a year later. Hopefully it works out better for you than it did for me. :)

That's super scary. What made you come back? If you don't mind me asking.

Most of the people I know that went and came back again went into teaching back home and hated it.

I think emotionally I'm really done with Korea.

I left and came back a few months later myself.
For me, I had a job lined up in Japan, at the last minute it fell through. I managed to find my current public school position really quick, and got offered the spot during the interview for it.

I'm glad things worked out this way. While I think I'd be much happier in Japan, my current job in Korea is pretty great. I enjoy my schools, co-workers, and most of my students (There are a few new students that, think everything that isn't soccer is below them, and because they are part of the soccer team, they don't have to do any of the work from any teacher / subject.)
The classes these students have joined have become much harder to teach, even for the Korean teachers, because their bad attitude is rubbing off on other students. Luckily, they had an important soccer game about 3 weeks back. The classes were really rude to: my co-teacher, the principal, and myself. The principal asked me, how we would discipline students back home. I said, detention (writing an English sentence over and over) during lunchtime, afterschool, or during some kind of event, like a soccer game, that uses their time. The principal chose their soccer game time, and ask me to run the DT, and they -almost- had to forfeit the game because of so many students in DT. They weren't happy. :p

I'm planning to make the jump to Japan in the future still though. My current 1st graders at my main school are great kids, passionate about learning English, and have pretty good English abilities; considering, we live in the middle of nowhere, and I'm probably the only native English speaker they will meet for a long time. I'm thinking of staying here until those students graduate; or until the school doesn't want to renew me; or until I can't take the isolation anymore. I'm in a super rural spot, where it is hard to travel to anywhere for the weekend or whatever; I understand what you mean about being emotionally done with Korea. Depending on a lot of factors, it can be mentally draining on us foreigners.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5058 on: May 08, 2018, 02:03:01 pm »
Sometimes, the Korean teachers write some things that are so dubious and as a native English teacher having students coming and asking questions about it makes it more difficult.

Today, one question was about 'making a boomerang' and the choice and correct answer was to substitute the word 'making' and to use the word 'build'.  I can find some sites that use build, but it is so unnatural. 

The other one annoyed me no end.  The text was in English, all of the answers were in English and you had to pick the correct missing sentence.  But, to me, three of the options were the same.  But the teacher who wrote it (who makes only grammar questions) said it was correct with the Korean grammar way of looking at things.  No student has kicked up a fuss, but when I told my co-teacher she agreed  with me.

I think one of the most frustrating things for me is when students are taught that 'a' as in 'cat' is pronounced the same as 애. I know that it's not the same as 아, but it certainly sounds a lot more similar to 아.


And the short 'o' sound is 아.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5059 on: May 08, 2018, 02:30:03 pm »
Until someone manages to make Korea understand that Hangul isn't good for anything but Korean, they will continue to use it as a teaching aid for English which will lead all Korean students to base their pronunciation of English upon it.

Every breakthrough i make with kids regarding pronunciation is destroyed within a week by a (useless) Korean teacher using Hangul to teach pronunciation of the alphabet.  Pock light op you marder pocker. 

Why is this still a thing?