Well, the week is over. I’ll refrain from using any expletives to describe it and just say that this past week was tense.
Had to put up with a bit of ridiculousness from certain individuals, but only for a bit more, and then I can start anew in a different town.
I’ll tell you what people, I’m really missing Uni. right now. All of that studying, test taking, paper writing… yeah, that’s my kind of atmosphere. This going to work and doing the same darn thing every single day is really starting to grate on my nerves. I wasn’t cut out for monotony.
Hopefully new job will offer a bit more spice. I’ll be working with adults as opposed to children. While I’m going to miss my little adorables (Kindergarten through 11 yrs old), I would not be able to truthfully say that I’m going to be all broken up over leaving the and 12-13 year olds. I like the kids, I really do, but I have to put up with major attitudes, and they’re sometimes just plain rude.
Since I’m a foreign teacher I get a lot more crap from them than the Korean teachers do because those kids know that I’m not going to punish them the way that the Korean teachers would.
Also, since I work at a private school (after school hours for the little munchkins) usually the older kids are sick and tired of class by the time they get to academy. They have no energy, they moan, they space out, they stare at me listlessly, they straight up ignore me, and they even sleep sometimes.
Honestly, I feel bad for them most of the time because I know that a lot of them are just overworked and stressed out. But then there are those small few who aren’t either of those, they’re just disrespectful in general. But it’s my job and responsibility to teach them, so I’ve got to do my best to push them forward in their learning whether they like it or not.
I’m now sorry to all of my high-school teachers who ever had to put up with any crap from me. Specifically my Spanish Teacher. Thank you Senora Pathman for all of the hard work that you put into giving me a good education. Thank you for encouraging me and being kind even when I didn’t deserve it. Thank you for getting onto me when I didn’t pay attention in class, and you were an awesome teacher so I’m sorry these days that I didn’t listen to you more. Thank you for gently but sternly showing me that to get what we want we have to work hard. Sliding by isn’t going to cut it, and if we don’t work hard and as a result we do poorly we shouldn’t complain.
I hope that in the future I can become a better teacher and teach the way that she did, with love, encouragement, enthusiasm, and passion.
How I Feel About Teaching
So far though I really love being a teacher. I didn’t realize it up until recently, but I actually ENJOY the English language. I remember hating grammar in school, but now… When we start talking about present progressive and object pronouns in class I get this weird extra burst of energy.
Me: *backflip, toe touch, cartwheel* “OBJECT PRONOUNS! YEAH!!!!!!!!” *\(^.^)/*
Students: “Scary teacher….”
I know. Not that interesting for students… but this is their reaction when I try to talk about anything else.
Me: “What kind of music do you like?”
Students: *Blank Stare*
Me: “Uh… music anyone?”
Student: “Teacher… I music don’t like.”
Me: “What? Why?”
Me: “Videogames. Who likes them?”
Students * Everyone raises their hand*
Me: “Alright, what kind of video games do you like to play?”
Students *blank stare*
Me: “Come on guys!!!!”
Boy student: *brings his hands up like little guns and points them at fellow boy student* “Pew pew!!!!”
Now, keep in mind that this just happens with my older students. My younger students are all over the place with English. They’ll talk about ANYTHING.
Me: “Who likes rocks?”
Younger Students: “OMG TEACHER! ROCKS ARE SO AWESOME! ONCE, I WENT TO THE BEACH AND MY LITTLE BROTHER PICKED UP THIS SHELL AND THEN…..” *10 minutes later* “AND THAT’S WHEN THE ROCK TURNED ORANGE!”
Ah, who am I kidding. I’m gonna miss all of them a little bit when I change schools. Even the annoying older ones.
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