Thursday, April 17, 2008
Waste of Tome and Money.
Some nice work by the Korea Times today. Still waiting to see if they'll print the letter to the editor I wrote last Thursday about the Nazi commercials.
I think I'll just share this here because I don't want to start a whole new post. As I mentioned earlier I see each class once every two weeks. I had a couple of my second grade classes cancelled today because of test preparation. They were cancelled last time, too, because they were in Jeju. I haven't seen those classes since March 21st, our first meeting of the year. The next time I am slated to see my Thursday group of second graders is May 1st. However, midterms are that day, and I'm not scheduled to see them again until May 15th, after the long holiday. I was told, though, that because of Teachers' Day we probably won't meet again until May 29th. I'm actually kind of eager to meet one of those classes because it turns out my coteacher's daughter is in there, and I want to see who she is so I can figure out who I have to be extra nice to.
Being so infrequently used does have its drawbacks, of course, and does make it a little harder to, like, teach stuff, but it's not as if having extra free time is all that bad. But, in case you were wondering, the e'er-mutable schedule is one reason why it's very hard to do lesson planning too far in advance. Kinda ironic then that they told me about all these cancelations ahead of time. Whatever, this is what a slow news day looks like.
* Edit: Okay, since this is under the "teaching" category, I'll add a bit of wisdom. Believe it or not, sometimes my students aren't interested in the textbook. I push through it, but if it's going excruciatingly bad I'll say, "okay, let's play a little game," and I'll set up a round of "hangman." Now, I dislike hangman for several reasons: I despise violence and I disapprove of the implications . . . implicit in the game, and I also don't find it very exciting. But the students like it. Anyway, I'll do it with _ _ _. The word is "fox." The students never guess it, haha, and start repeating letters before they even attempt "f," "o," or "x." It wakes the students up, though, and they think it's fun. Then, when they say "한번 더" or "one more time" (complete with snickers and gestures), I'll put up _ _ _ _. Jazz. They never get it. Hahaha.