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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9640 on: April 05, 2019, 08:50:36 am »
i've been in the uk for the past month. during that time i enjoyed watching a variety of interesting programmes on tv.

since being back, i must have watched people eating instant noodles on tv about 4 times, and i've only been back 2 days. what is with this? it's the same shit over and over again. if it's not eating noodles its cleaning the house or even worse - watching people watch people cleaning the house.

nothing interesting is happening. it's 9pm - prime time - and this is tv at its best? i've clearly forgotten how incredibly inane korean tv is. i just cannot get my head around why this would be entertaining to.......anyone

homes under the hammer?    8)

I will hear nothing against 'Homes Under the Hammer'.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9641 on: April 05, 2019, 08:59:14 am »
i've been in the uk for the past month. during that time i enjoyed watching a variety of interesting programmes on tv.

since being back, i must have watched people eating instant noodles on tv about 4 times, and i've only been back 2 days. what is with this? it's the same shit over and over again. if it's not eating noodles its cleaning the house or even worse - watching people watch people cleaning the house.

nothing interesting is happening. it's 9pm - prime time - and this is tv at its best? i've clearly forgotten how incredibly inane korean tv is. i just cannot get my head around why this would be entertaining to.......anyone

homes under the hammer?    8)

I will hear nothing against 'Homes Under the Hammer'.

for some strange reason, i love it.  it's my guaranteed morning watching when I go back home to visit.  it's a shame as now it's mostly 'people adding to their vast portfolio' or on behalf of 'investors', rather than people taking a punt at the auction.  but still....


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9642 on: April 05, 2019, 09:07:14 am »
I like 'Come Dine with me', when one of the guests has some sort of mental illness. And the narrator takes the piss out of everyone.

Dave Lamb absolutely makes that show.

"Dinner Date" is along the same lines and it's brilliant.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9643 on: April 05, 2019, 09:10:53 am »
I like 'Come Dine with me', when one of the guests has some sort of mental illness. And the narrator takes the piss out of everyone.

Yes, it's going the same way as Big Brother.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9644 on: April 05, 2019, 09:50:37 am »
I have 6 damn classes today and recovering from a nasty flu. It's critical that I have my break between lessons to recover and prepare. Between the 2nd and 3rd periods sit a 20min break, which I desperately need.

Just as 2nd period ends, I'm cleaning the board and preparing for some quiet time, in barges 25 4th grade students, their HR teacher saw it fit to send them to wait in the damn English class as if it's a bloody playground.

In the typical spineless fashion I've come to expect here, my CT is trying to placate and downplay the whole thing, but I'm seriously going to give this selfish **** of a HR teacher a piece of my mind during lunch.




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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9645 on: April 05, 2019, 09:58:14 am »
I have 6 damn classes today and recovering from a nasty flu. It's critical that I have my break between lessons to recover and prepare. Between the 2nd and 3rd periods sit a 20min break, which I desperately need.

Just as 2nd period ends, I'm cleaning the board and preparing for some quiet time, in barges 25 4th grade students, their HR teacher saw it fit to send them to wait in the damn English class as if it's a bloody playground.

In the typical spineless fashion I've come to expect here, my CT is trying to placate and downplay the whole thing, but I'm seriously going to give this selfish **** of a HR teacher a piece of my mind during lunch.
Can't you just say "No, I'm sorry, go play outside." and shoo them away?

Also, sorry to here about your flu. being sick sucks.
 It's definitely flu season now: half my students look like sad ninjas.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9646 on: April 05, 2019, 11:17:51 am »
I have 6 damn classes today and recovering from a nasty flu. It's critical that I have my break between lessons to recover and prepare. Between the 2nd and 3rd periods sit a 20min break, which I desperately need.

Just as 2nd period ends, I'm cleaning the board and preparing for some quiet time, in barges 25 4th grade students, their HR teacher saw it fit to send them to wait in the damn English class as if it's a bloody playground.

In the typical spineless fashion I've come to expect here, my CT is trying to placate and downplay the whole thing, but I'm seriously going to give this selfish **** of a HR teacher a piece of my mind during lunch.

This is the reason why I installed a lock on my classroom door (on the inside).

When I can't be arsed, which is surprisingly quite frequently. As soon as the previous class all leave I turn off the lights, lock the door and hide in the corner of the room behind my book fort for a nice slice of pommesfrites downtime.

Those 10 minutes breaks are imperative.

Who is here in 2019?


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9647 on: April 05, 2019, 11:20:58 am »
I have 6 damn classes today and recovering from a nasty flu. It's critical that I have my break between lessons to recover and prepare. Between the 2nd and 3rd periods sit a 20min break, which I desperately need.

Just as 2nd period ends, I'm cleaning the board and preparing for some quiet time, in barges 25 4th grade students, their HR teacher saw it fit to send them to wait in the damn English class as if it's a bloody playground.

In the typical spineless fashion I've come to expect here, my CT is trying to placate and downplay the whole thing, but I'm seriously going to give this selfish **** of a HR teacher a piece of my mind during lunch.

All so true...


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9648 on: April 05, 2019, 01:59:52 pm »
The new textbooks were published in 2018 and they have 11 authors, including an American who apparently edited the English. And yet there are still clunky, awkward, and just f*ing incorrect sentences littered throughout. Also, the 'Listen and Repeat' function for songs and chants does not sync up with the rhythm. It's hard to overstate how jarring that is.

I'm editing this into a rant list.

- Was offered 2 side-gigs for my city. Accepted both on the condition they run sequentially. Signed up officially. They run concurrently.
- Was misquoted time and pay for both programs.
- Had to do a lot of extra work for both programs due to general disorganization and mismanagement.
- New colleague is incompetent. Cannot-use-a-computer level. Cannot speak English. Cannot manage a class.
- Found out new colleague took the position from another colleague who is competent. Incompetent colleague is apparently unfireable because she's a teacher and uncriticizable because she's old. Wants to be a homeroom teacher but was denied for fear of parental complaints and inability to do the corresponding paperwork. Now she's my problem.
- Lost several afternoons worth of planning time due to meetings with and about new incompetent co-teacher.
- Had to break my 'don't take work home' rule.
- Korean progress is slow. Regretting not taking a year as a student to buckle down and earn the points F-visa.
- Can't marry into F-visa because "Ew, 2 guys. Sick."

On the plus side my main colleague is cool but that's not really in the spirit of this thread.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9649 on: April 05, 2019, 02:03:58 pm »
On the plus side my main colleague is cool but that's not really in the spirit of this thread.

Get that shit out of here, you raving, happy Robin!

Seriously though, that all sounds maddening. Keep yo head up, bro.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9650 on: April 05, 2019, 03:12:52 pm »
The new textbooks were published in 2018 and they have 11 authors, including an American who apparently edited the English. And yet there are still clunky, awkward, and just f*ing incorrect sentences littered throughout. Also, the 'Listen and Repeat' function for songs and chants does not sync up with the rhythm. It's hard to overstate how jarring that is.

I just started a job at a fancy private elementary school in Seoul. We use Oxford Discover books and it's such a relief to actually teach real English with real materials for once


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9651 on: April 05, 2019, 03:38:31 pm »
On the plus side my main colleague is cool but that's not really in the spirit of this thread.

Get that shit out of here, you raving, happy Robin!

Seriously though, that all sounds maddening. Keep yo head up, bro.

Cheers!


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9652 on: April 05, 2019, 05:53:32 pm »
I imagine he'd just say I was fortunate in the past that I had schools/principals who were nice enough to not make me take a vacation day for it. It isn't that the rules have changed, it's that they've been applied inconsistently.

I worry that if I press the issue, I'll just end up causing trouble for other NETs. If I make a fuss, sure, I might end up not having to take a vacation day. OR, I might end up prompting the POE to crack down and force all schools in the province to require their NETs to take a vacation day for it.

Remember, it used to be up to the school's discretion whether or not NETs had to come in to deskwarm during winter and summer breaks. The teachers who had to deskwarm complained about it to their POEs, and rather then allowing those teachers to stay home, they told all the schools that NETs have to deskwarm. It'd be cool to not have to waste a vacation day on this, but it would be a fair bit less cool to screw every other NET in my province out of a vacation day.  :laugh:

holy hell man, you seriously need to learn how to stand up for yourself. i can't believe you're just going to roll over on this.

"but i don't wanna cause problems for other NETs!"

what problems are you going to cause? everyone will be forced to use a vacation day to renew their ARC/visa? they won't. why? because it's a BUSINESS RELATED MATTER.

as someone else said, they can't let you work illegally. the reason why it's probably now written into the Gangwon contract that those trips must be registered on NEIS as business trips is because the POE was probably getting so many emails every year from NETs complaining that they were being forced to use vacation days for work-related matters.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9653 on: April 05, 2019, 06:41:22 pm »
holy hell man, you seriously need to learn how to stand up for yourself. i can't believe you're just going to roll over on this.

Lol. Okay, dude.

"but i don't wanna cause problems for other NETs!"

what problems are you going to cause? everyone will be forced to use a vacation day to renew their ARC/visa? they won't. why? because it's a BUSINESS RELATED MATTER.

As I've said repeatedly now, there is no language in my province's contract explicitly stating that it's a business related matter warranting a business trip. That isn't just my school's stance, that's my POE's stance. Unless you or anyone else here who keeps giving me shit about this can link me to a national-level law stating that it has to be a business trip, you're just dispensing useless "advice."

I've already contacted my POE to ask about it, and when they told me how it is, I expressed my disappointment. They know I'm not happy about it, and my school knows I'm not happy about it. That's all I can do about it. I wasn't going to let my visa expire and stay here illegally when I have no legal leg to stand on. Honestly, I don't believe you would, either.


as someone else said, they can't let you work illegally. the reason why it's probably now written into the Gangwon contract that those trips must be registered on NEIS as business trips is because the POE was probably getting so many emails every year from NETs complaining that they were being forced to use vacation days for work-related matters.

So the reason it's in the Gangwon contract is so many people did the one thing I've already done? It isn't because so many teachers refused to go get their ARCs renewed until they were told they'd get a business day for it? Huh. Weird.

« Last Edit: April 05, 2019, 06:42:58 pm by Mister Tim »


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9654 on: April 05, 2019, 06:49:04 pm »
People in crowded subway trains who insist on moving all the way down the train while it's in motion pushing/squeezing past everyone, just so presumably they can get off at the right point of the platform at their stop. If the train's crowded, get on the train and stay where you are, just wait to walk the 100 or so extra metres at your stop.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9655 on: April 05, 2019, 07:39:59 pm »
The new textbooks were published in 2018 and they have 11 authors, including an American who apparently edited the English. And yet there are still clunky, awkward, and just f*ing incorrect sentences littered throughout. Also, the 'Listen and Repeat' function for songs and chants does not sync up with the rhythm. It's hard to overstate how jarring that is.

I'm editing this into a rant list.

- Was offered 2 side-gigs for my city. Accepted both on the condition they run sequentially. Signed up officially. They run concurrently.
- Was misquoted time and pay for both programs.
- Had to do a lot of extra work for both programs due to general disorganization and mismanagement.
- New colleague is incompetent. Cannot-use-a-computer level. Cannot speak English. Cannot manage a class.
- Found out new colleague took the position from another colleague who is competent. Incompetent colleague is apparently unfireable because she's a teacher and uncriticizable because she's old. Wants to be a homeroom teacher but was denied for fear of parental complaints and inability to do the corresponding paperwork. Now she's my problem.
- Lost several afternoons worth of planning time due to meetings with and about new incompetent co-teacher.
- Had to break my 'don't take work home' rule.
- Korean progress is slow. Regretting not taking a year as a student to buckle down and earn the points F-visa.
- Can't marry into F-visa because "Ew, 2 guys. Sick."

On the plus side my main colleague is cool but that's not really in the spirit of this thread.

Look into an F2-99 visa if you're struggling to make the points and don't want to (or can't) marry.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9656 on: April 08, 2019, 02:15:48 pm »
My middle school 2nd graders are a-holes! I really can't stand these kids. They really don't listen! 1 more year of this!  :cry:
Slay My Life! Walk boo boo walk! Cat Walk for me boo boo! This isn't cat walking, this is a hyena walking! Lion walking! Tiger walking! Leopard walking! Enter my Queen!


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9657 on: April 08, 2019, 02:47:06 pm »
Students come in to my room 30 minutes before class starts. I'd rather they didn't, but fine. I don't own the room. They then proceed to have shout talking conversations across the room. 2 or 3 guys at one table and another guy at a table across the other side of the room, booming voices, shout talking. Shut up. Please.
Imagine entering a quiet room, with your teacher doing paperwork and then just sit there and start screaming at each other. And these aren't children. 20 year olds.
Kpip! - Martin 2018


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9658 on: April 08, 2019, 03:24:52 pm »
I got diagnosed with tinnitus in my right ear, 5khz to 8khz is basically  lowered by 40% and all I hear is ringing.

If my kids don't STFU, I'm gonna let em know what's up.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #9659 on: April 08, 2019, 03:24:58 pm »
Students come in to my room 30 minutes before class starts. I'd rather they didn't, but fine. I don't own the room. They then proceed to have shout talking conversations across the room. 2 or 3 guys at one table and another guy at a table across the other side of the room, booming voices, shout talking. Shut up. Please.
Imagine entering a quiet room, with your teacher doing paperwork and then just sit there and start screaming at each other. And these aren't children. 20 year olds.

if only someone had created a thread about this kind of thing.  like something about Koreans possibly being immune to noise or something like that.  if only....