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  • Kayos
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: How would you rate the behavior of your students?
« Reply #40 on: February 27, 2017, 08:51:05 am »
With the population of youngsters declining why would the government be funding the construction of new schools? To reduce travel time to a school? For smaller class sizes? I read the amount of funding the Korean government is putting towards education is going way up. It's being used to make more schools?

I don't know the why of it myself, but last year the Principal and VP of a new boarding school came to visit the boarding school I work at. They told me they were doing research on how they are run, as their school was currently being built. I was talking to that principal for awhile, because I'm from New Zealand, and his daughter had just came back from New Zealand after living there for 3 years.


  • Taal
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    • July 31, 2016, 06:33:12 pm
    • Los Angeles, US
Re: How would you rate the behavior of your students?
« Reply #41 on: March 01, 2017, 09:53:57 pm »
So yeah, my Korean students are surprisingly less well-behaved than my students were back in America.

Did your school in America have punishments of any sort?


Re: How would you rate the behavior of your students?
« Reply #42 on: March 02, 2017, 02:03:44 pm »
I teach in a public elementary school and I think it all depends on the homeroom teacher. Homeroom teacher has their shit together, even when they're out of the room the class works. Homeroom teacher is a mess, the class is a mess.

I was shocked at behavior outside the classroom. Kids at my school are running up and down hallways screaming, play fighting, etc. It's all in good fun but they get wild for the 10 min. breaks between classes. Glad they can get the energy out/exercise in but that doesn't happen inside US elementary schools and it adds an extra challenge in getting them to calm down for class.

I will also say that there have been a few bad apples who seem to get away with whatever they want. There seems to be no real consequences for them. I had one 6th grader who didn't like English so my co-teacher just let him draw in the back of the classroom. I mean, fine he's not being disruptive and maybe they'd already gone through hell trying to get him to participate but I just can't imagine that happening at a school in the US. Especially not in a core subject that he'll have to continue to study through graduation.


  • pkjh
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • May 02, 2012, 02:59:44 pm
Re: How would you rate the behavior of your students?
« Reply #43 on: March 02, 2017, 08:45:08 pm »
I heard in the past in Korea there were 60-70 students in a class-even in elementary school.
I've heard of 80-100 per class, at the middle/high school levels until well into the 70's, of mostly boys. Then a bunch of people decided to open girls schools to cash in on the trend of more, and more, families starting to send their girls to school.

I think bigger families had a major impact on, the rumoured, better behaviour in the past. Having 3 big brothers keeping you in-line would contribute a great deal with respectable behaviour at school.


  • kriztee
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    • December 18, 2015, 01:33:06 am
Re: How would you rate the behavior of your students?
« Reply #44 on: March 17, 2017, 08:25:08 am »
It really depends on the class, the teacher, the school. I had some classes where the kids would refuse to talk or participate when my CT was there but they'd do work when I told them to. One of those kids also scratched the fk out of my ct's arms one day cuz she yelled at him to open his book. that whole school was pretty poorly behaved cuz the principal never really told them off. My schools this year generally have better behaved kids. None of them breaking each others noses because they won't let their friend watch porn with them (yup that was last year's 4th grade boys.....). But I'm comparing to a lot of really troubled kids from last year...


  • yirj17
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    • September 16, 2015, 02:23:16 am
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Re: How would you rate the behavior of your students?
« Reply #45 on: March 17, 2017, 09:03:29 am »
^truth. Lot of factors to consider. I would say my students are very well behaved (better than I had expected, honestly) but the class sizes are also very small and thus very easy to manage. All my schools are way out in the boonies though and I've generally heard that country kids tend to be more polite than those in the city.

That's not to say that the students don't have arguments or maybe even fights, but no such nonsense has occurred when they're in my class.  The worst behavior I've gotten is occasional sleepiness (and mainly just from grade 3 middle schoolers) but calling on the sleepyhead to answer a question resolves the issue.


Re: How would you rate the behavior of your students?
« Reply #46 on: March 17, 2017, 10:59:16 am »
Like most have expressed, it absolutlely floors me that kids get away with simply refusing to participate/do their work. Or, more specifically, they need to be bribed with candy to do basically anything. The US is hardly anything to look up to in terms of education but bringing your books/doing your work wasn't optional and we certainly didn't get candy for every single word spoken in class.

That said, I've generally had the most fun/cooperation with 2nd and 3rd grade (middle schoolers). I get no enjoyment out of 1st graders, which probably shows. But the mix of immaturity and residual 6th grade cockiness (?) grinds away at me.


  • Andyroo
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    • February 09, 2011, 12:49:41 pm
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Re: How would you rate the behavior of your students?
« Reply #47 on: March 17, 2017, 11:24:39 am »
I have had a strange experience in that I taught in a country town at one school, and then taught at the school 200m down the road the next year.

And then taught at Dongtan at one school and in Dongtan again at another school.

They were all pretty different when to came to student behaviour so i think the school environment plays a big role. Whether students are allowed hand phones as an example. Obviously they are not allowed in class but if kids are playing smart phone games right up until your class starts, and then whip the out as they walk outside the classroom it definitely effects there concentration levels and attitude.

As a rule I definitely like teaching in the better socioeconomic area. The parents are usually more involved and there were less "problem" children. Some kids had a bad day now and then but pretty much 100% of the kids who were a regular annoyance had a bad home life. In the country side there were a lot more kids with fathers working overseas, mums living somewhere else etc etc  and those kids always had some personality problems as a result.

In the city there seemed to be less abused kids, though some who had two working parents but those kids usually aren't as messed up emotionally.


  • Dhazaras
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    • November 05, 2015, 08:16:05 am
    • jinju
Re: How would you rate the behavior of your students?
« Reply #48 on: March 17, 2017, 11:50:54 am »
Like most have expressed, it absolutlely floors me that kids get away with simply refusing to participate/do their work. Or, more specifically, they need to be bribed with candy to do basically anything. The US is hardly anything to look up to in terms of education but bringing your books/doing your work wasn't optional and we certainly didn't get candy for every single word spoken in class.

That said, I've generally had the most fun/cooperation with 2nd and 3rd grade (middle schoolers). I get no enjoyment out of 1st graders, which probably shows. But the mix of immaturity and residual 6th grade cockiness (?) grinds away at me.

^This. And I don't want to pull the generational card, but I think kids having cell phones and instant entertainment at their fingers making teaching even harder than before. Really getting sick of hearing 재미없다 for any game that's not a bomb game or something ridiculously easy.

And it's only the start of the semester. 화이팅


Re: How would you rate the behavior of your students?
« Reply #49 on: April 17, 2017, 03:37:03 pm »
My high school students are well behaved. As for the middle school students, it depends. One thing that surprised me, and still does, is how much they are allowed to "play around" or hit each other, especially during breaks between classes. I avoid walking in the halls at this time to avoid getting hit in the crossfire. I also avoid the halls as soon as the bell rings for lunch because there is a daily stampede of students running to be first in line. Back home, behavior like this would not be tolerated AT ALL. Security guards would be blowing their whistles and chasing students down in their golf carts. Back home, we are also deeply engrained with the "keep your hands to yourself" mentality, while here I think students hitting each other is seen as playing.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2017, 03:48:32 pm by azalea14 »


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    • October 03, 2011, 01:50:58 pm
Re: How would you rate the behavior of your students?
« Reply #50 on: September 14, 2019, 09:05:34 pm »
I think kids having cell phones and instant entertainment at their fingers making teaching even harder than before. Really getting sick of hearing 재미없다 for any game that's not a bomb game or something ridiculously easy.

"When I go back to the dormitory to get some rest, I keep thinking of Facebook. There are hearts there I can collect from a game, but they'll go away if I don't take them in three days. That worries me."

She constantly checks for her phone, too, she says. And she thinks about the games she's not playing, like Overwatch, which she says she's good at. Back at home, she would play during the day, after school. Her mother knew she had a problem, the girl says, so her mother would turn the Internet off by bedtime at 10 p.m. The 14-year-old would wait for her mother to fall asleep around 11 p.m., then plug it back in and play until dawn. Then she would go to school.


https://www.npr.org/2019/08/13/748299817/hooked-on-the-internet-south-korean-teens-go-into-digital-detox


  • oglop
  • The Legend

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    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: How would you rate the behavior of your students?
« Reply #51 on: September 15, 2019, 01:58:42 pm »
9 out of 10

There's no expectations of games or rewards (ie candy). Nicest students I've ever taught (private ele school. Probably why)