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Bad day at the University

Teaching can be hard when the class just doesn’t care. I always find this true on Mondays. I have two classes at the end of the day, where they are too young to understand what is going on. All they want me to do is talk in a monotone voice so they can fall asleep to recover from their hang-overs or playing Starcraft till 3 a.m.

I had one student write something offensive to me on his paper. It was clearly visible. I should have reacted but all I did was ignore it and essentually ignore him for the rest of the class. Childish move on my part? I don’t know. Should I have blown up? Should I have lashed out on him? Or should I have done what I did and that is nothing?

I fall into the horrible situation when I teach, I want to help them. I want them to feel comfortable around me and around other westerners here in Korea and beyond. I want them to realize that English is not that hard and can be somewhat fun to learn.  I want to present a positive view. I am tired of Koreans who are to afraid to talk to Westerners.

Maybe I should be more like my co-workers and be a lot harder on them. Should I become more of a disciplinarian? I want them to enjoy the classes, but if they don’t care then they won’t enjoy it anyways. It was just a frustrating day.

Just one of those days that makes me think, I should be teaching children.

Published in Hot Takes