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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1080 on: September 22, 2016, 01:59:06 pm »
why is there always a freaking cleaning ajjuma in the men's bathrooms whenever i want to take a pee? doesn't matter which bathroom at my school i go to at which time but they're always there. like the freaking Batjjuma or Ajjuninja that just appears out of nowhere.

i wouldn't mind so much if the bathrooms were actually clean but they always seem filthy too  :undecided:
I feel you.  This happens to me all the time too.  But, the worst is when she is not there and I go pee only to have her walk in, prop the door open (Which is right beside the urinal), and start cleaning behind me.  That makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1081 on: September 23, 2016, 12:56:46 pm »
#basedcowboyshirt: I completely agree. I hate co-teaching and it doesn't even necessarily have to do anything with the KT. I only dislike one co-teacher at the moment but that doesn't even matter. I just hate co-teaching--period.

yirj17: One of my co-teachers last year actually tried to correct my pronunciation one time in the middle of class. :rolleyes: I didn't even bother telling her how stupid that was; I think the look I gave her was enough to get the message across.

I was once told that it's incorrect to pronounce the 't' in 'badminton,' and that it should be pronounced 'badmin'on' with a glottal stop. I disagreed, and she said "You don't know because you didn't study this. You're just going by your instinct as a native speaker."

Wrap your head around that.

To be completely honest, I don't think anyone around me has ever pronounced it without the 't'... Your KT is stupid.

I've literally never heard it pronounced without the 't'. I mean, people don't always enunciate it well, but ain't nobody saying 'Gonna go play me some badminon.'

Anyways. These days my coteachers are rad. So, everything #based. My ring is a mansion.

I sometimes call it badmington by mistake. :P My elementary students picked up on that really quick this year (as I have a few students that love badminton) and had a good laugh at me. I had a laugh at myself as well, but quickly turned it around to make it into a life lesson about it being okay to make mistakes.
I have no idea why I do that though haha.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1082 on: September 26, 2016, 09:35:51 am »
Today the coT couldn't even be arsed to keep track of points for a game we did in class. Instead of keeping tally on the board, her response was getting a piece of paper, handing it to the kids to keep track instead, and returning to sitting on her duff doing nothing. Like if she actually were doing paperwork or something I could have excused it but she literally sat and did nothing the rest of the class.

This from the coT who makes power plays during PPT presentations and speaking practice. So you wanna try and take over everything except when I actually ask you to do something.  :rolleyes:


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1083 on: September 26, 2016, 09:38:57 am »
I hate when a Korean person gets all excited and asks me if I watch some obnoxious western youtuber who "brings/explains Korean culture" to the west. I watched that crap before I got here, and it was just full of useless pandering stereotypes that did nothing to explain or illuminate what it's like to live in Korea.

Those youtube channels seem to be only for koreaboos or actual Koreans who get off on westerners "loving their culture" but it's all just surface crap. Korean chicken and beer! Wow so delicious~ Now, let's do a video on fighting for sick days from your school or trying to make it home through "street pizza" covered streets while old men yell at you and some desperate guy tries to follow you home.  They don't actually go into age dynamics, work culture, gender roles, drinking culture etc. They just leave it at the surface level cutesy stuff. I get it, it's just for entertainment, and the youtubers would probably get a lot of flack for being racist or intolerant if they framed things in a negative light, but why oh why after experiencing what it's really like to live here would I want to watch someone sugar coat it for the uninformed masses?

I usually just lie and say I watch it so they don't whip out their phones and try and make me watch it on the spot. Is watching an Irish person eating spicy ramen really that exciting to them? There are plenty of Koreans who can't eat the spicy ramen as well. I'm sure they don't giggle with delight when their friends say something is too spicy. Yeah, pass.

I hate them (the videos). Every time I watch one for whatever reason, I cringe through the whole thing.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1084 on: September 26, 2016, 09:45:33 am »
I hate when a Korean person gets all excited and asks me if I watch some obnoxious western youtuber who "brings/explains Korean culture" to the west. I watched that crap before I got here, and it was just full of useless pandering stereotypes that did nothing to explain or illuminate what it's like to live in Korea.

Those youtube channels seem to be only for koreaboos or actual Koreans who get off on westerners "loving their culture" but it's all just surface crap. Korean chicken and beer! Wow so delicious~ Now, let's do a video on fighting for sick days from your school or trying to make it home through "street pizza" covered streets while old men yell at you and some desperate guy tries to follow you home.  They don't actually go into age dynamics, work culture, gender roles, drinking culture etc. They just leave it at the surface level cutesy stuff. I get it, it's just for entertainment, and the youtubers would probably get a lot of flack for being racist or intolerant if they framed things in a negative light, but why oh why after experiencing what it's really like to live here would I want to watch someone sugar coat it for the uninformed masses?

I usually just lie and say I watch it so they don't whip out their phones and try and make me watch it on the spot. Is watching an Irish person eating spicy ramen really that exciting to them? There are plenty of Koreans who can't eat the spicy ramen as well. I'm sure they don't giggle with delight when their friends say something is too spicy. Yeah, pass.

Same!!  I've lost count of the amount of times a Korean person has taken their phone out to show me a "funny" video (usually 영국남자  :rolleyes:).  Fake laughing takes up so much of my energy.

I'm all for watching videos of foreigners speaking Korean.  It could be really inspiring for those that don't.  But I want to hear them speaking normally and not putting on that stupid over the top, whiny voice they all do. 


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1085 on: September 26, 2016, 09:54:32 am »
I work at a Chinese school in Korea and they are constantly having meetings during lunch hour. We have already had maybe 6 meetings this school year, and it only just started third week of August. The meetings are entirely in Chinese and no one bothers to translate for me. I sit there for an hour, fairly blatantly on my phone on FB, but still nothing. I have started asking if I can skip them, because I never have any idea what is going on and no one tells me, but I just get told that everyone goes.  :rolleyes: Its such a waste of time.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1086 on: September 26, 2016, 10:02:13 am »
HaLo,

I was told the same thing years ago, so I showed up and feigned interest.

After several weeks, I decided to stay in my office to see what would happen.

Not a word was mentioned.

Perhaps you could give it a try and see.

Hang tough.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1087 on: September 26, 2016, 10:05:36 am »
HaLo,

I was told the same thing years ago, so I showed up and feigned interest.

After several weeks, I decided to stay in my office to see what would happen.

Not a word was mentioned.

Perhaps you could give it a try and see.

Hang tough.
Haha, I tried that for the last meeting two weeks ago and I got an urgent kakao message reminding me of the meeting. So unfortunately, that won't work, but thanks for the thought.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1088 on: September 26, 2016, 10:08:26 am »
That's too bad.

In the beginning the admin. creep tried to tell me there was a meeting and to go. I told him I don't understand Korean and that was the end of it. Amazingly that git actually was sensible in that situation. Though everyone else was already logical enough to not even bother me about going.

What a waste of time, that really stinks. Least you got your phone though, eh?


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1089 on: September 26, 2016, 10:08:33 am »
All this free time and I couldn't be more unproductive if I tried. The hell is wrong with me?


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1090 on: September 26, 2016, 10:12:43 am »
All this free time and I couldn't be more unproductive if I tried. The hell is wrong with me?
Story of my life...suffering from ADHD can be a real drag.

The only time I'm ever productive is when no one else is around or I'm under pressure.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1091 on: September 26, 2016, 10:28:38 am »
Did lesson 10 with the grade 6s and 5s. Then I get to Grade 4 and start doing lesson 10 and coT makes a big deal about how "she's not done with lesson 9 yet and don't you have any materials for lesson 9." FFS how are you already behind with a grade!? I've already done 2 classes on lesson 9 with every grade!! And I only see each class once a week! Maybe if you didn't declare 5 - 10 minutes of free time at the beginning of every class with these kids you wouldn't be so behind. I feel like if she does that with my classes, she'll do it with her own solo classes too.

And now she's on the computer again. Obviously she just mangled the whole class so she could get more precious computer time at the expense of the children.  >:( >:( I would rather she just not show up at all but the way things are set up she has to be in the classroom or it'll be obvious she's not doing anything (English room at one school, go to each individual homeroom at our travel school).


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1092 on: September 26, 2016, 10:29:31 am »
At least the students are happy with the activity I gave them. There's at least that.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1093 on: September 26, 2016, 10:37:47 am »
And yes, this is the coT that demands printed copies of the lesson plan each morning before classes so literally there is no reason for her to stop me after I begin the PPT and start making a fuss. FFS. This is why I hate elementary. This coT!!


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1094 on: September 26, 2016, 10:41:25 am »
Only finished half my classes for the day and already have a headache.  Is it just me, or is the school building an absolute zoo some days?  (I teach rural elementary). Kids completely out of control between AND during English class and their teacher is often nowhere to be seen.  It feels  exactly like  a preschool for big kids.  It's also a small school and there is no English classroom, so I have to go to individual classes to teach them.  I'm not willing to put on a circus show when I come in just so they'll hold their attention.   Is it just me?  :sad: 
« Last Edit: September 26, 2016, 10:44:37 am by pokute »


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1095 on: September 26, 2016, 10:47:27 am »
Stop trying to make useless small talk with me!! It's obvious you just like to hear yourself talk!! As much as I like my middle schools, I hope that's gonna be enough to help me survive a 2nd year with this "teacher." Half hoping she transfers but I worry that the replacement would be worse. Guhhh why do I have to deal with you twice a week!!


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1096 on: September 26, 2016, 10:51:42 am »
I was lucky to have a lovely CoT 2 years ago at my last school. I don't have a CoT now but it has its own crap to deal with (hence my last post). When there is no Korean teacher in the classroom the students lose all discipline because obviously it's okay to disrespect the foreign teacher. Either way it's hit or miss with or without a CoT :(


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1097 on: September 26, 2016, 10:55:18 am »
I honestly think it would be better if I could be alone. One school would definitely be fine because the classes are tiny (2 or 3 students) and I can manage well enough on my own.

My travel school I would be a little concerned about discipline (bigger classes though still small compared to big schools) but I feel I have enough basic Korean to manage. It's not like my coT does any discipline...


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1098 on: September 26, 2016, 11:03:30 am »
Perhaps overall solo teaching is less pressure, but I'm not handling the stress and noise and commotion of blatant disorder very well.  It varies day to day. There absolutely no guarantee that kids will be consistent.  However my personality is not very intimidating or commanding and I'm not a big person with a bellowing voice, so it puts me at a disadvantage in this job.  I am not here to yell and scream and be angry at students every day, but certain classes and kids have constant behavior issues which are not addressed and over time it's very draining.

It's often a lonely and difficult task, this one.  I think I just don't have that much thick skin. 

I've been at my current school over 2 years and I think I've overstayed my welcome, I genuinely believe there is not a **** given about English in such a countryside school with no other incentive or interest among the staff.  I just have a few months left to try and do my best.
« Last Edit: September 26, 2016, 11:06:13 am by pokute »


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1099 on: September 26, 2016, 11:20:38 am »
I am so sad, lonely, and depressed in this country.

I know the job is easy. I know I shouldn't be complaining.

But every single day is a struggle and I still have 161 left on my countdown app.

(more of a whine/moan than a rant/vent, but whatever)

I sympathize with your misery. It's sad that you're unhappy. I wish you were happy.

But - anyone who says this job is 'easy' probably either a) doesn't care about their job very much, or b) is really bad and lazy at their job.

I don't think either of those apply to you. But, yeah. People who go on about how easy teaching English in Korea is are generally bad teachers.

I'm pretty unhappy here myself. I negotiated a location that is close to my friends in the interview, but when I got here, put me in the opposite side of the country to where we negotiated. :\ Now because of the distance, I can't meet my friends as conveniently as I'd like, and I'm finding it very difficult to make new friends here.

As for your comment about easy being a sign of a bad teacher. I agree a bit. I find this job easy, but also incredibly frustrating at times. I think I'm a bad teacher, but I am trying very hard to improve. Bad as in, I still haven't found my lessons to be effective. Even my co-teachers note they can tell I am trying hard to improve though!
However, after 5 months here, they are still not telling me where I need to improve, even though they have the English level to do so, even when asked directly. :( As I get told "some parts are good, other parts need to be changed."