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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

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Co-Teaching our Way Towards a Workplace Rampage

When to an EPIK conference in Gyeongju yesterday. For the first time ever all the Pohang EPIK teachers were gather in one place and it was really nice to see people that I have not met in quite awhile.

I learned a lot of the conference and was pleasantly surprised by what I was expecting to be a complete dog and pony show. The theme was co-teaching and the speakers and coordinators had a sincere interest in improving our experiences at work.

All of this conference business about Co-teaching made what transpired today almost comical. By almost, I mean that if I was not busy foaming at the mouth in frustration it would be funny. Lets see if we can make this brief.

This morning I come in and was told that I will be "helping out" another teacher with a demonstration class. This class will be preformed for teachers from around the district and the supervisors. I say preformed because "demostration" classes in Korea are hardly real classes and are instead carefully planned and orchestrated dog and pony shows.

But at Changpo they are not planned so well that the Foriegn teacher have a clue that they are even happening. Ok, lets pause for a second and let me explain some back ground here.

I have been trying to raise my profile here in Korea on the city, state, and national level through networking, working on projects, AND TRYING TO GET A CHANCE TO DEMOSTRATE A GOOD CLASS IN FRONT OF PEOPLE THAT MATTER!! People like the supervisors. So when I hear that I was being thrusted into a half cocked sham for the viewing pleasure of half the district, I was not pleased to say the least

In the end, I did nearly all the speaking and brought all the energy into would would have been a bland class about Mother Teresa. While this Korean teacher did make the lesson plan and materials, guess who gets all the credit... I can certainly tell you who is not getting the credit....

Despite the adversity I did a DAMNED good job, because I am a DAMNED good teacher god damn it!!!!

You know I really like my job and the vast majority of my coworkers but everyone and awhile something like this happens that reminds me that me being here is little more than a novelty to some people...

EDITI wrote this on the 4th. Since then said coworker has apologized and I calmed down quite a lot. Needless to say I was fuming when I wrote this.EDIT

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Comment by Ellen Pham on December 7, 2008 at 8:16pm
:D :D Good to see you back in full swing, Justino! Gave my early afternoon a chuckle and a smile... and I am relieved to not be the only one who occasionally swears in these forums :D Sometimes you just have to!! To be real!!

Comment by ddeubel on December 7, 2008 at 10:37pm

You along with several recent discussions here -- are giving me some food for thought regarding coteaching. I'll be speaking to all the H.S. English teachers with SMOE next Mon. and though I'll rehash a lot of old material I have (questionnaire / quiz), I do hope to have small group discussions about some of the things you talk about.

I think foreign teacher dissatisfaction is not only directly related to their coteaching situation but also to many teachers feeling "estranged". In Korea there has not been any attempt or much attention given by educational organizations, public or private, in creating a culture of empowerment for foreign teachers.

It is this "disempowerment" that many teachers feel and which rots lots of relationships and school coteaching situations. More attention needs to be made towards creating community and integrating Koreans/foreigners as English teachers in a share goal and profession.

I could say more but you have me thinking of these issues ............


PS. Don't think you aren't recognized! You are and the others in your school/district take note of everything. Yes, not great to do "acting" demo classes but this is how it works and don't get too worked up about it....I've done it and just do it and go with the flow....I don't think it is worth fighting for....this issue.

Comment by Headrick von Pizza Head on December 9, 2008 at 11:46pm
Alot needs to be said and brought forward about these so-called "Dog and poney shows". I've seen at least half a dozen of these so called co-teaching open lessons where the teachers in question didn't even co-teach on a regular basis. I've worked at a school where we only co-tought for a week. We only did it for one of these dog and poney show. The Korean co-teacher later went on to become a Supervisor. Schools are allowing audi visual
equiptement to fall into a state of disrepair. So they can impress Educational officials with the only fuctioning monitor in the school that's in the library.

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