“week 25”

monday was out of school from about 10 30 am> geeting something NO teaching
tuesday off sick NO teaching
wednesday one lesson
thursday NO lessons/ teaching!
friday “wait for it” 1 lesson of my 3
(usually 2 morning 1 in afternoon)
so **needed for 45 mins in “classroom of my 8 to 8.5 hours at school 

-have no idea: what Im doing for the summer vacation-
what/ when Im teaching, though Im at school, fine there

my co teacher has had to check with a Principal that
my working days/ holidays are not made of weekend days!
ie that weekend days do not make up my holiday time

-not one but i think 3 text messages to my phone just today from the/
my co teacher.. now requires some more of my photos 
also required, something else 
>BOTH i am presuming these things were needd the first time when
she went to immigration and had to call me and mess me around that
time

4 or 5 hours later, same day!! after I had on a saturday afternoon!  kinndly replied after co teachers message…  no Im now ok…!! I dont need any pics- to give to school (pathetic)

added 20/12/08

Jiyeon Kim sent a message to the members of Planet ESL Teachers – South Korea.

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Subject: How to discipline Korean kids in a classroom?

Often teachers get confusend with Korean kids about how to discipline them in a classroom. Some times teachers point at kids not calling their names, then ask them to stand in behind the classroom or ask them to be outside of classroom. This makes some times children feel very ashamed and feel the teachers are very harsh to them. Even often parents come to a school and complain about teachers’ behavior.

Here there are cultural differences and teachers need to understand. In Korea, pointing at some one with finger is considered very rude and probably you don’t see it quite often. In a classroom, if a kid get pointed out with finger, the kid gets automatically already feeling ashamed and close his/her mind right away toward the teacher and don’t listen to the teacher any more.

Instead of pointing at a kind, definitely teachers need to put their effort to memorize kids names. Korean names are preferable, but even english names are fine. That shows interests on kids for sure. In my opinion, I think this is the least thing teachers should do.

Instead of pointing at a kind, definitely teachers need to put their effort to memorize kids names. Korean names are preferable, but even english names are fine. That shows interests on kids for sure. In my opinion, I think this is the least thing teachers should do.

Rather than leaving kids behind the classroom or out of classroom, trying giving candies to children who behave better. Korean kids in general are very competitive because of their parents’ pressure as you problably already know. Some of you may worry that Candy has so much sugar, so it may make kids go crazy more. But, recent study from one British university reports that sugar or candy doesn’t effect on children’s behavior.

Also, learning and using a few korean sentences or words are really helpful. When teacher uses this in a classroom to discipline, korean kids are really shocked and since then they think that the teachers would understand anything they might say in Korean. So they no longer use Korean in a classroom.

Here are the a few words and sentences.
‘Be quiet’ : Joyonghee Haseyo (조용히 하세요)
‘Come and Sit down’:Waseo Anzseyo (와서 앉으세요)
‘Look at the book’ : Chaek Boseyo (책 보세요)

These are the recommendations that I can give and these advices came from teachers after they practiced and it made differences in their classrooms. I hope this information helps teachers to have less hard time.

If you have any more advice, please feel free to comment and post. Please also visit our Forum section on our website, http://www.PlanetESL.com. We keep posting messages that may help our teachers.

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