It has been an exhausting week. And it’s not just me. Everyone was exhausted. After work, the teachers usually congregate in the lobby next to Jess’s class for about 10 minutes to share stories about the cutest children of the day. This past week, however, has been more of slouch around for 20 minutes & share disappointments regarding the term. In Seedbed 1, I’m dealing with the usual… nose picking, hands in the pants, extreme slouching, chair tilting, random outbursts of Korean, yelling, rudeness, fighting over seats, and whining. In the older classes, I am dealing with… the exact same thing! Pair that with the monthly invisible PMS & you have extremely annoyed teachers. The strange thing is that I don’t even have to yell anymore. I usually squawk at the top of lungs to reprimand these kids. But since (my partner in crime) Sue left, it hasn’t been the same. So instead, I sternly articulate my disappointment and stare at them until it registers into their little head that they are longer impressing me in a positive manner. It works. I don’t miss squawking.
I dread the summer intensives (affectionately known as AIS) coming up towards the end of July. I usually don’t mind it too much but if I have to deal with my current rude-attitude bunch, I think I will fucking lose it. Thank god they’re “building” a foreign teachers break room. Not really, the tiny square-shaped library next to my classroom has been cleared out and moved upstairs. Because you know, there is so much time & it says “read with your class in the library” in our program guides. But yea, it’ll be funny once it becomes the foreign teachers break room. Inga & I have requested that the room be soundproofed for everyone’s benefit. I think we need to lay down some ground rules before I start using that room. I can’t wait to spend my 5-minute breaks crying in that tiny room.