Bleh I feel sad.
I don't want to go home, but I'm also currently not loving travelling either. My basic problem is that just about everyone I know is in a couple, which means they do all their social things as couples. I go out and see people in bars on Saturdays, and do very little else ever. There are (allegedly) things to do, but not people to do them with. I am so very bored.
I suspect the only solution would be to find a girlfriend, but that ain't necessarily an easy thing! Especially while I'm stressed from work (as of tomorrow I have exam prep classes; the texts are English but the instructions are Korean, so I can't find out what I should actually be doing), unavailable on weekday evenings due to my working hours and gaining weight fast from engaging in the sole pastime of drinking. Also, a subset of my friends seem to have decided to make it their quest
to hook me up with absolutely anyone (it is annoying!). I'm of the opinion that they should get their own dang girlfriends.
jvcc wrote:I think the Montessori model is ideal for kindergarteners. It's essentially student-centered learning, where you set up activity stations and children have freedom to move around and study what interests them. In any case, any curriculum or pedagogy that doesn't require them to sit still and be quiet will probably be at least relatively effective.
But yeah, kids in that age group are great.
Yeah, I'd much rather have more control over my lessons, but it doesn't seem to be the Korean way
. Parents tend to check the textbooks, so we have to work through them at a decent rate (also, my planning time is currently the five-minute break following every second lesson). I've tried just rattling through stuff as a class and boarding the answers so we can do something else, but even with the answers written on the board some students won't pick up a pen or open the book. Like... just circle A, then B, then A, then C. Then we'll do something else. Whoops, no, it's been half an hour, and the class is almost over. The students believe the class is
over and pack away their books. I tell them we haven't finished, so they take the books out and pack them away again.
It's a mood that comes and goes, but at the moment I don't really want to be travelling or
teaching. Travelling less so, because it's always been fine before. But in teaching (in Korea at least), it seems like it's just not possible to do the job well.