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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5220 on: May 26, 2018, 01:52:31 pm »
As a cultural thing, manners tend to be enforced by society as a whole. A teacher is a member of society who happens to have a lot of face time with students who have bad manners. When confronted with infractions that are particularly egregious anywhere in a civic space, people generally act to uphold societal standards. A teacher just finds herself in this position far more often than the typical subway commuter. I suppose she could try to take it upon herself and make a ‘manners’ lesson, but she’d probably be wasting her breath as the students are probably already aware of the behavior that’s expected of them; they just choose to flaunt it.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5221 on: May 26, 2018, 08:29:18 pm »


I have a feeling this is gonna start an argument but:

I don't think teachers should have to teach kids basic skills and manners. They should get that from their parents, "home training" is what we called it when I was in elementary school.

what do you guys think

Only so much we as teachers can do when we can't properly punish students, and the parents won't do anything about their children acting horribly. Though I also don't think I've experienced parents expecting me to teach their kids manners...
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5222 on: May 26, 2018, 08:57:29 pm »
Oh don't worry, I was browsing other teaching forums/teachers posts from America and iirc it's a common thing back home for parents to want teachers to do the whole "parenting" thing for them. I figured I'd propose it here to a difference audience and see what everyone else thought about it in Korea/other Asian countries.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5223 on: May 28, 2018, 11:39:18 am »
Why don't people transition from open windows to fans before turning on the air con (that drips on my desk)?
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5224 on: May 28, 2018, 11:48:38 am »
Why don't people transition from open windows to fans before turning on the air con (that drips on my desk)?

The fact that nobody uses fans here drives me insane.

"Oh. They're dusty." - Then... like, clean them? They literally just unscrew and you can give them a rinse.

"Oh. Students feel hot." Um... fans can help with that. You don't need to jump right to aircon.

I hate aircon unless it's absolutely necessary. Fans are great, though.

I even devised a waygook.org-user-#basedcowboyshirt's-#based-lifehacks-worthy way to ensure airflow without anyone's papers flying off their desk; point it above everyone's head.

Yeah, just seems like a total waste of energy. I also get way colder (and wetter) than anyone else.

Personal battery-powered handheld fans on the other hand...? Blow with abandon!
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5225 on: May 28, 2018, 11:51:02 am »
Why don't people transition from open windows to fans before turning on the air con (that drips on my desk)?

The fact that nobody uses fans here drives me insane.

"Oh. They're dusty." - Then... like, clean them? They literally just unscrew and you can give them a rinse.

"Oh. Students feel hot." Um... fans can help with that. You don't need to jump right to aircon.

I hate aircon unless it's absolutely necessary. Fans are great, though.

I've never had any schools/students/coworkers that hesitated to use fans. It actually sounds pretty weird to me that there are schools out there that are quick to use the AC, haha.

What gets me is students going for the fans and shouting "Teacher, hot!"...

...while sitting there in their sweatshirts and blazers.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5226 on: May 28, 2018, 12:56:41 pm »
12-13th: Jeonju

20-22: Yeosu

27th: Chuncheon

For the last 3 weekends, I have been to 3 different provinces. (I live in Gyeonggi).

A rolling stone gathers no moss. I went to Chuncheon to see Isle of Dogs. It was only playing in 6 cities for 2 different days and Chuncheon is the closest. Jesus Christ. hahahhaa

Recommended though. There's a scene where a Bento box is made and the stop-motion animiation for those 2 mins blew my mind.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5227 on: May 28, 2018, 01:18:21 pm »
Why don't people transition from open windows to fans before turning on the air con (that drips on my desk)?

The fact that nobody uses fans here drives me insane.

"Oh. They're dusty." - Then... like, clean them? They literally just unscrew and you can give them a rinse.

"Oh. Students feel hot." Um... fans can help with that. You don't need to jump right to aircon.

I hate aircon unless it's absolutely necessary. Fans are great, though.

To be fair, I personally jump straight to aircon myself. Though, usually just because it is a lot quicker at cooling me / the room down. When it's not hot enough to constantly run it. I run both the AC and a fan, and then turn the AC off once I feel like I've cooled down.
During hot and humid weather, I get eczema really badly. Which is why I always want to cool down very quickly. :p


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5228 on: May 28, 2018, 02:15:45 pm »
During hot and humid weather, I get eczema really badly. Which is why I always want to cool down very quickly. :p

Eczema's no joke. Take care of that. My coworkers have perfect skin though :-*

I went to Chuncheon to see Isle of Dogs. It was only playing in 6 cities for 2 different days and Chuncheon is the closest. Jesus Christ. hahahhaa

Good excuse to get out. Duck galbi does happen to be exceptional there.

I just watched Black Panther for the first time last night with my wife. I can't recommend much more than the Busan scene, and even then only to expats who've been around a while.

When I roll up to the club, I be like...




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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5229 on: May 28, 2018, 02:19:01 pm »
Seven weeks left of the semester!  :smiley:

Followed by camp & deskwarming......  :sad:


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5230 on: May 28, 2018, 02:24:45 pm »

I just watched Black Panther for the first time last night with my wife. I can't recommend much more than the Busan scene, and even then only to expats who've been around a while.

When I roll up to the club, I be like...



Now that you say that, I have to agree that it is the best scene in the movie overall. Honestly, I couldn't buy into the hype that surrounded it when it first came out, social significance aside. It's no better than the average Marvel movie.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5231 on: May 28, 2018, 03:11:10 pm »
Seven weeks left of the semester!  :smiley:

Followed by camp & deskwarming......  :sad:

And vacation :D


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5232 on: May 28, 2018, 03:25:36 pm »

I just watched Black Panther for the first time last night with my wife. I can't recommend much more than the Busan scene, and even then only to expats who've been around a while.

Now that you say that, I have to agree that it is the best scene in the movie overall. Honestly, I couldn't buy into the hype that surrounded it when it first came out, social significance aside. It's no better than the average Marvel movie.

To the movie's defense, I haven't liked a movie in a long time ('Lion' being a notable exception).


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5233 on: May 28, 2018, 05:23:26 pm »

I just watched Black Panther for the first time last night with my wife. I can't recommend much more than the Busan scene, and even then only to expats who've been around a while.

Now that you say that, I have to agree that it is the best scene in the movie overall. Honestly, I couldn't buy into the hype that surrounded it when it first came out, social significance aside. It's no better than the average Marvel movie.

To the movie's defense, I haven't liked a movie in a long time ('Lion' being a notable exception).

It was all the forced non geographically specific "African" accents that did me in.  Seriously the casting call must have read:

Black actors needed, must be able to sound like you are from somewhere between Cairo and Capetown.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5234 on: May 28, 2018, 11:29:20 pm »
During hot and humid weather, I get eczema really badly. Which is why I always want to cool down very quickly. :p

i also used to get humidity-induced eczema. try and get hold of some glycerine soap and use that to wash your body with. don't go for any of those fancy body washes or anything.

paradoxically i found using a body moisturizer twice per day - once in the morning and especially at night after i showered - really helped keep it under control.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5235 on: May 29, 2018, 07:27:30 am »

I just watched Black Panther for the first time last night with my wife. I can't recommend much more than the Busan scene, and even then only to expats who've been around a while.

Now that you say that, I have to agree that it is the best scene in the movie overall. Honestly, I couldn't buy into the hype that surrounded it when it first came out, social significance aside. It's no better than the average Marvel movie.

To the movie's defense, I haven't liked a movie in a long time ('Lion' being a notable exception).

It was all the forced non geographically specific "African" accents that did me in.  Seriously the casting call must have read:

Black actors needed, must be able to sound like you are from somewhere between Cairo and Capetown.

The pan-Africanism did give me pause initially, but didn’t bother me so much in the end. (It’s a rare breed of film that manages to be both pan-African and pan-Asian! Er, perhaps not...) I suppose since Wakanda isn’t a real country the filmmakers felt like they had carte blanche to borrow and form a mish-mash of the most attractive or exotic parts of the continent. (But don’t some people legitimately get in a huff when Africa is treated as an indistinguishable mass?) I wonder which country it is that stages a battle of hand-to-hand combat to choose their king; my guess is one of the less economically viable ones and one that is less noble than Wakanda is made out to be.

More than that it just wasn’t something I hadn’t seen before, all-black cast aside, which is significant for a film of its size. What?! The wounded title character who was thrown over the waterfall mid-movie somehow survived?! 우와! :blank:


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5236 on: May 29, 2018, 07:54:18 am »
To the movie's defense, I haven't liked a movie in a long time ('Lion' being a notable exception).
I enjoyed "Arrival" recently. I totally empathized with the protagonists excruciating pain at not being able to effectively communicate with those she was employed to communicate with. Also, how it basically took an act of God for her to finally understand the foreigner's language.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5237 on: May 29, 2018, 07:57:00 am »
To the movie's defense, I haven't liked a movie in a long time ('Lion' being a notable exception).
I enjoyed "Arrival" recently. I totally empathized with the protagonists excruciating pain at not being able to effectively communicate with those she was employed to communicate with. Also, how it basically took an act of God for her to finally understand the foreigner's language.

That did have me in tears. Or maybe it was just Amy Adams's'soulful eyes~


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5238 on: May 29, 2018, 08:00:53 am »
During hot and humid weather, I get eczema really badly. Which is why I always want to cool down very quickly. :p

i also used to get humidity-induced eczema. try and get hold of some glycerine soap and use that to wash your body with. don't go for any of those fancy body washes or anything.

paradoxically i found using a body moisturizer twice per day - once in the morning and especially at night after i showered - really helped keep it under control.

Cheers. I'll give those a try. Usually close to summer, I usually just go to the doctors to get some ointment, which I start taking when eczema shows up. :p


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5239 on: May 29, 2018, 10:00:27 am »
Why is it that English is always the one to be cut out or cut short when anything needs to be done!

I hadn't seen the students in a long time because of their club activities that take up the whole day. I finally see the students today and they arrive late to class and then pulled out of class early to move a plant from the ground into their pots, something which only took them 10 minutes ! This couldve been done in their 10 minute break. Now i find out they have club activites tomorrow again which will take up the whole day. I am the only English teacher at this small elementary school. So, obviously them not doing well in English is a direct reflction of me and my skills. I am EXTREMELY frustrated with this. The 3rd graders suck at English and when i requested for their after school class (i only see them for 15 minutes before half the class starts leaving for the bus) to be moved to a different time slot, the teachers refused 'cause nobody wanted to swap with me. Instead they play volleyball during that time, they have a pointless cooking classes, or they basically just sit around after lunch.

I dont see the chinese classes getting cut so because of this they speak chinese a lot better than English... This schools attitude toward English is transferred to the students were they just dont put in the effort either.
What makes it worse is that the teachers actively avoid speaking to me or even walking past me just to avoid speaking to me in English. Ok, maybe i'm over-exagerating the last bit, but it definitely feels that way.

I'm thinking about transfering to another school when the time comes, I still want to stay in the city, I don't know how that works yet... but I'm worried that both my schools are a packaged deal, if I transfer from one, I may also have to change the other...

Sigh...am I making too big of a deal out of this?