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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8680 on: September 07, 2018, 03:32:28 pm »
Just in case this is news to anyone, which it shouldn't be..  Personal attacks, trolling, inappropriate language and the like are still not permitted in this thread.

Thanks  :azn:

Just in this thread? haha


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8681 on: September 07, 2018, 03:35:01 pm »
do i teach kids who are absolute morons?

if you've been studying english every day for over 5 years, and can't read the word 'pencil'...

anyone else have similar situations?


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8682 on: September 07, 2018, 03:38:42 pm »
do i teach kids who are absolute morons?

if you've been studying english every day for over 5 years, and can't read the word 'pencil'...

anyone else have similar situations?

UGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH We learn one sentence over 2 weeks. Let's play __________ (insert sport here.)

Then, on the last day there's always the clueless kid.

 :police: Let's what?

 :shocked: 뭐?

 :police: *Points at the picture. There could be no confusion as to its baseball-ness*

 :shocked: 뭐?

 :police: Let's p---------- what? What sport? Let's ppppppp--------------- *grunt noise*

 :shocked: 야구?

 :evil: Internal monologue ----> FFS, what the F have you been doing for the last two weeks?


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8683 on: September 09, 2018, 06:30:37 am »
My personal favorite:

Me: Tell me what this zoomed in picture is!

Student 1: Cheese!

Me: No.  :azn:

Student 2: Cheese!

Me: No!  :undecided:

Student 3: Cheese!

Me: NO!!  :huh:
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8684 on: September 10, 2018, 11:29:31 am »
Opened a small seasoning packet of sesame oil without paying attention.

You don't realize how far a little oil can go until it gets into every ****** thing within a five foot radius.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8685 on: September 11, 2018, 08:28:29 am »
Rant 1

Just love the double standards of Korea, here's a list of my Tuesday school CT's achievements:

- Nice Person, but ridiculously shy and meek
- Terrible at English and managing a class in general
- Does nothing but hand out my worksheets during class
- Takes at least a full week off every month, since the beginning of the year.
- Haven't seen her since the start of the term and just got a message that she's sick and will be coming back in November
- Her husband's a VP at another school and he's rarely at school either

Now I'm not disputing whether she's really sick or not, though she's never shown any symptoms while at school, but the cold truth remains, if you can't be at work, you shouldn't be employed. Friend of mine, a few years back, got really sick and took 2 weeks off to recover. Her contract wasn't renewed.

Rant 2

The same school has the English room wired so that you can't engage the ceiling fans without turning on the ridiculously blinding fluorescent lighting. So, either stuffy or blind.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8686 on: September 11, 2018, 10:31:19 am »
I have a 2nd grade boy who gets bullied a lot by everyone, including the girls.

To be honest, he can be childish and annoying. Not in that loud sort of way, but he likes to keep playing playground types of jokes on others and doesn't know when to stop until people get angry with him. So I get having a short amount of patience with him.

But the kind of hostility and animosity that comes from some of the students towards him is above and beyond. He's not a bad kid, just a little socially awkward. He doesn't pick on anyone, never tries to hurt anyone, he doesn't dig through people's shit like some of these kids do. He really doesn't deserve how a lot of the other students treat him.

But he's an easy target. He's a small, little guy, smaller than the average, and doesn't really know how to make friends outside of being what he thinks is playful. I feel so bad for him.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8687 on: September 11, 2018, 10:59:47 am »
I have a 2nd grade boy who gets bullied a lot by everyone, including the girls.

To be honest, he can be childish and annoying. Not in that loud sort of way, but he likes to keep playing playground types of jokes on others and doesn't know when to stop until people get angry with him. So I get having a short amount of patience with him.

But the kind of hostility and animosity that comes from some of the students towards him is above and beyond. He's not a bad kid, just a little socially awkward. He doesn't pick on anyone, never tries to hurt anyone, he doesn't dig through people's shit like some of these kids do. He really doesn't deserve how a lot of the other students treat him.

But he's an easy target. He's a small, little guy, smaller than the average, and doesn't really know how to make friends outside of being what he thinks is playful. I feel so bad for him.

Sounds like he falls on the Autism scale?


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8688 on: September 11, 2018, 11:04:26 am »
Sounds like he falls on the Autism scale?

Possibly, but I don't personally think so? He doesn't exhibit any real symptoms outside of not knowing when to stop with his annoying but truly harmless pranks. He just hasn't grown up out of his primary school phase, yet, and doesn't have any real friends to help him learn the ropes because everyone's just kind of written him off already. So no matter what he does, he's already starting off on a bad foot. He's basically just a fish out of water who needs a little guidance, but no one is willing to give that to him, so he's falling back on antics because it's the only way he knows how to get attention from the other students.

A true omega as I've ever seen one. Most of the students are indifferent towards him, but how they respond to him is overly unkind, and he's targeted a lot by the less benevolent ones. And the KTs just ignore him.

Times like this I wish I knew enough Korean to have a more meaningful conversation with him.
« Last Edit: September 11, 2018, 11:11:52 am by Chinguetti »


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8689 on: September 11, 2018, 11:30:27 am »
I've found it's impossible to control what the students do outside class, obviously, but in the class I can.  I watch my students a lot during class and also during breaktime and how they interact with each other.  Generally, if I have those kind of socially awkward students, I would try and find a kindred soul for them to sit with, all the while keeping the other less nice kids away from them. 

Years ago, I had three bully boys in a group of fifteen, with two of the other fifteen being slow learners.  These three boys always wound up one of the slow learners, who himself was not always innocent of starting things.  But I made in no uncertain terms that IF in my class he gets upset or is made to cry by you then YOU will be in trouble.  Not him.  When I made the seat plan the three bullies were always separate and never near him.

It's really difficult and something you'll wrack your brains trying to solve, but in the end it's kind of out of your hands.  In your personal space, you can do something to make them comfortable, but outside of that you just have to let them grow up.

Yeah, there's not a whole lot I can do except control how the students behave in my class, but I can still see a lot of passive aggressive behavior meant to hide what they're doing. They think it gives them plausible deniability, and the boy, obviously, also denies anything's going on because he doesn't want it to come down on him later.

It's frustrating, especially when the KTs don't seem all that concerned about it (most likely because they don't know what to do about it, either, so it's just easier to ignore it... and also possibly because they might believe that bullying is the best method for learning social etiquette and your place -- it's how a lot of things are done in Korea).

The problem, though, is that pigeonholing is common here and hard to get out of once you're in, and the students have already made up their minds about him. He's fighting an uphill battle, no matter what he or anyone else does at this point. Younger students are more flexible with their attitudes, but once they hit middle school their attitudes become more rigid. I feel like a lot of his antics is more how he tries to cope with all of that, and to force the students not to ignore him.

I mean I'm thankful he's at least not a wang-ta, but he's at a stage in his life that he needs someone to talk to, and he doesn't have anyone.  :sad: All I can do is hope that he figures things out until he can move on to a better time in his life.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8690 on: September 11, 2018, 01:30:29 pm »
Whenever you see advertisements for adult English hagwons, the commercials are often along the lines of, 'Isn't English terrifying? Doesn't it make you SO NERVOUS AND SWEATY?! Come to us and we'll make it SO EASY!"

누구 영어를 말했어요?



Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8691 on: September 12, 2018, 12:14:02 pm »
The ginger tea mix I bought tastes like it was brewed in nail polish remover. Wasted 5k won.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8692 on: September 12, 2018, 01:53:38 pm »
50 minutes into a mandatory CPR training session being conducted in fluent Korean. My poker face has gone; I'm sure I look visibly pissed off, and now it looks like I'll have to demonstrate "what I've learnt".
« Last Edit: September 12, 2018, 02:44:32 pm by robin_teacher »


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8693 on: September 12, 2018, 02:04:30 pm »
50 minutes into a mandatory CPR training session being conducted in fluent Korean. My poker face has gone; I'm sure I look visibly pissed off, and now if looks like I'll have to demonstrate "what I've learnt".
    Insist on a human volunteer to be your test dummy, and then "accidentally" make 5 inch chest compressions rather than the standard 2. Proceed to blame the pulmonary herniation, hypoxia, and various other manifestations of thoracic trauma on the language barrier. Guaranteed you won't have to attend CPR class next year!


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8694 on: September 12, 2018, 02:20:35 pm »
Update: It's break-time. I informed my colleagues that I didn't think I should be there because I didn't understand and I'd be a danger to someone in real trouble if I was expected to perform CPR on them. They didn't fight it too hard, thankfully. They kept saying it's okay and I could just practice on the dummy... I'm really taken-aback. Why do I keep having to explain why training someone in life-saving techniques in a foreign language is a bad idea?

In summary, don't go into cardiac arrest around me because I'll probably just crush your rib cage while counting to 11 in Korean. Or electrocute you with a fancy machine that I don't understand.

50 minutes into a mandatory CPR training session being conducted in fluent Korean. My poker face has gone; I'm sure I look visibly pissed off, and now if looks like I'll have to demonstrate "what I've learnt".
    Insist on a human volunteer to be your test dummy, and then "accidentally" make 5 inch chest compressions rather than the standard 2. Proceed to blame the pulmonary herniation, hypoxia, and various other manifestations of thoracic trauma on the language barrier. Guaranteed you won't have to attend CPR class next year!

Hey! This is incredibly relevant because based on what I thought they said I thought that I was supposed to do 4 inch compressions. I stand reassured that I definitely shouldn't be recorded as being CPR-trained. I hope not going-with-the-flow doesn't come back to bite me in the ass too hard.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8695 on: September 12, 2018, 02:23:25 pm »
Update: It's break-time. I informed my colleagues that I didn't think I should be there because I didn't understand and I'd be a danger to someone in real trouble if I was expected to perform CPR on them. They didn't fight it too hard, thankfully. They kept saying it's okay and I could just practice on the dummy... I'm really taken-aback. Why do I keep having to explain why training someone in life-saving techniques in a foreign language is a bad idea?

In summary, don't go into cardiac arrest around me because I'll probably just crush your rib cage while counting to 11 in Korean. Or electrocute you with a fancy machine that I don't understand.

50 minutes into a mandatory CPR training session being conducted in fluent Korean. My poker face has gone; I'm sure I look visibly pissed off, and now if looks like I'll have to demonstrate "what I've learnt".
    Insist on a human volunteer to be your test dummy, and then "accidentally" make 5 inch chest compressions rather than the standard 2. Proceed to blame the pulmonary herniation, hypoxia, and various other manifestations of thoracic trauma on the language barrier. Guaranteed you won't have to attend CPR class next year!

Hey! This is incredibly relevant because based on what I thought they said I thought that I was supposed to do 4 inch compressions. I stand reassured that I definitely shouldn't be recorded as being CPR-trained. I hope not going-with-the-flow doesn't come back to bite me in the ass too hard.

Our office had training yesterday and today.

It was in Konglish.

I made sure had meetings today.

"But you won't get the certificate!"

"I'm OK with that."


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8696 on: September 12, 2018, 02:24:16 pm »

50 minutes into a mandatory CPR training session being conducted in fluent Korean. My poker face has gone; I'm sure I look visibly pissed off, and now if looks like I'll have to demonstrate "what I've learnt".

You're making the mistake in believing this actually about saving lives, it's purely about going through the motions of simply attending.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8697 on: September 12, 2018, 02:28:06 pm »

50 minutes into a mandatory CPR training session being conducted in fluent Korean. My poker face has gone; I'm sure I look visibly pissed off, and now if looks like I'll have to demonstrate "what I've learnt".

You're making the mistake in believing this actually about saving lives, it's purely about going through the motions of simply attending.

Exactly. I was unable to kneel and do the compressions as I had a cast on my foot at the time.  Still received my certification card. 


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8698 on: September 13, 2018, 02:37:05 pm »
Having a really hard time staying awake at my desk because I've been sleeping poorly all week. Didn't get anything done today, just barely made it through my classes. I kept losing my clicker thingy because my brain is basically fumes right now. Kids had a lot of fun finding it for me and keeping track of how many times they had to go on the hunt, though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAYDRIbXFAc

Also, that new Predator movie is terrible. Don't watch it unless you don't care about how a kid and a guy wearing a suit without any speaking roles were the best actors in the whole film. Olivia Munn is just horrible, why do they keep giving her parts in big films?


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8699 on: September 13, 2018, 02:45:58 pm »
Having a really hard time staying awake at my desk because I've been sleeping poorly all week. Didn't get anything done today, just barely made it through my classes. I kept losing my clicker thingy because my brain is basically fumes right now. Kids had a lot of fun finding it for me and keeping track of how many times they had to go on the hunt, though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAYDRIbXFAc

Also, that new Predator movie is terrible. Don't watch it unless you don't care about how a kid and a guy wearing a suit without any speaking roles were the best actors in the whole film. Olivia Munn is just horrible, why do they keep giving her parts in big films?

Sound like me, had a terrible thing happen on Monday, and haven't been sleeping much since.
Today, my co-T needed my class, so my 1 class got cancelled, and - because of the forementioned terrible thing, she thought I wasn't going to be at work today (when it is next week I won't be there), so she had the teacher's workshop cancelled today too.
I've literally had nothing to do all day, and so I've been sleepy and close to falling asleep all day.