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why I'm a teacher and why I'm here

Hi all from another teacher. It's great to read all your ideas, opinions, rants, and some bitching and moaning too. This has to be one of the world's only professions where the "provider", that is teachers and schools, listen to everyone except for the actual "customers", you. Admittedly, most customers can choose to go elsewhere if they don't like the service they're getting!

So how did I get into this madhouse of education? and why the heck do I stay? I'm one of those idealistic sods that still whole-heartedly believe they can make a difference in this profession, oh and I love learning and I want to share that with other people.

The saddest thing for me is the huge (and growing) gap between learning and schooling. So many people - especially teachers - seem to have the two mixed up somehow or not even realize they are two different things, but I admit it's hard sometimes sitting in the classroom planning lessons and units and assessments and gah - all that jazz - and ending up with learning rather than schooling. I'm hoping hanging out here will help keep me on track.

Also I'm more than happy to give you the teacher side of things if you have any questions or comments or whatever.

BTW - I am Australian, I teach elementary school in an international school in Japan, I've been teaching for 5 years, and when I was in high school I hated it and wanted nothing more than for my mum to move me to England so I could go to Summerhill.
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Welcome

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Welcome. Smile
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Hi, welcome. It's good to have a teacher.
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Thunder: Who isn't Akdonn. Razz
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It's great to have you here. What grades do you teach?
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It really is nice to see teachers here.

Welcome!
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Hi, welcome Smile
I hope we don't scare you off. We're a bit insane over here. Laugh

Out of curiosity, how did you find this site?

What are schools in Japan like? We haven't heard much about how things work over there, but I've heard it's pretty strict.

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Welcome! I'll warn you, we have an organisation called the Butt Pirates. We like sex, even though we're all virgins. =]

Welcome, and I hope you can try and help us to understand why teachers give out detentions.

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Watch out for akdonn! He's a pervert.


And welcome.

Hanyess: Detentions suck. Eh? I've done so much shit: Never got one.

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Pirate arg welcome aboard mate!!!
its good to have a teachers input on ss
were pretty insane here oh yeah and watch out for akdonn he is a gay faggot
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Welcome to the Butt Pirates clan! Try not to get scared off..we say and do somethings that some people might not find appropriate..BUT WE DO IT ANYWAY. And about the thing Hayness said about all us being virgins? not ALL of us are. *cough* Suicidal-Kun and thought criminal *cough*

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She's going to be scared off, isn't she?
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hmm im dectecting an 85.76% chance

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how the fuck do you know that?????
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Hey welcome to SS, I'm sure you'll fit in great, but we are pretty insane, so if you can't handle the inanity get out of the SS. Razz Biggrin
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thought criminal Wrote:how the fuck do you know that?????

There's a clue.
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i never told him
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what is this clue you speak of.....i just picked a random number.....

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Suicidal-kun Wrote:if you can't handle the inanity
I <3 this typo.

It's also quite relevant in this thread. xD

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Quote:And about the thing Hayness said about all us being virgins? not ALL of us are. *cough* Suicidal-Kun and thought criminal *cough*
Sui's a virgin, trust me.
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KittyKatBlack Wrote:
Quote:And about the thing Hayness said about all us being virgins? not ALL of us are. *cough* Suicidal-Kun and thought criminal *cough*
Sui's a virgin, trust me.


Laugh Laugh Laugh
damn SK, she's got you by your balls

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fist_of_doom Wrote:
Suicidal-kun Wrote:if you can't handle the inanity
I <3 this typo.

It's also quite relevant in this thread. xD
Then it was on purpose! Yes, I made that typo on purpose! Laugh

pieman Wrote:
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Quote:And about the thing Hayness said about all us being virgins? not ALL of us are. *cough* Suicidal-Kun and thought criminal *cough*
Sui's a virgin, trust me.
Yup, I be a virgin. If only me and kitty-chan lived near each other, then maybe I wouldn't be.
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I love how a welcome post by a teacher turns into a discussion on sex.
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youvebeenthunderstruck Wrote:I love how a welcome post by a teacher turns into a discussion on sex.
Well, look at it this way, its a good example of how insane we are. Biggrin
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Laugh exactly
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Thanks for all your welcomes, as you can see I haven't been scared off yet - despite the insanity/inanity Cuckoo

Darthmat - hats, WTF. I'm totally with you on this one but I never really thought about it so I looked it up:

"It's an old English custom where hats are tipped, (or doffed) slightly lifting the hat off your forehead, when meeting a lady (remove your hat if you stop to talk), or to "say" to anyone, male or female – thank you, excuse me, hello, goodbye, you’re welcome or how do you do.

Tipping of the hat is a conventional gesture of politeness. This hat tipping custom has the same origin as military saluting, which came from the raising of medieval Knights face visors to show friendliness.

Hats are worn less now, but at the turn of the 20th century, all adults wore hats whenever they left the house. It was a matter of good personal hygiene, since hats were a protection from industrial dirt.

Hats are removed when inside, except for places that are akin to public streets, like lobbies, corridors, and crowded elevators (non-residential). In a public building (where there are no apartments) the elevator is considered a public area.

You may choose to remove your hat in a public elevator, but in the presence of a lady your hat must be removed.

A gentleman takes off his hat and holds it in his hand when a lady enters the elevator in any building that can be classified as a dwelling such as an apartment house or hotel. He puts it on again in the corridor.

It's therefore become a mark of respect to take them off during a meal, funerals, church service, when you greet someone in the street, or any other occasion when you want to signify that you respect the person. That's where the term, "I take my hat off to you" originated. "

I did mention I love learning right, so sorry for the long long explanation. It's old conservative traditional crap - that's the short answer. I have a bad habit of chopping my hair with kitchen scissors when I'm bored, leading to lots of bad hair days. I also wish I could wear a hat at school.

SoulRiser - I found this site, if you must know the honest truth, by typing "school sux" into google.

Schools in Japan are strict - from junior high up anyways. There is a very strong conception of what is "normal" and if you don't fit into that your school life will be miserable. Much more so than in the West because school over here really affects the rest of your life choices. Everything is about passing entrance examinations to schools with good reputations. Without that on your resume you're pretty much screwed for ever finding well paid work. I would have hated going to school here. In Australia there are a lot more options - you can always change your mind about what you want from your life - not so in Japan.

Hannyness - Detentions are what teachers give you when they want you to do something you didn't do, or not do something you did do and they have no idea how to get what they want. Theyr'e usually handed out either from desperation, or from lazyness.

Also, hello butt-pirates, virgin or otherwise.
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Quote:Thanks for all your welcomes, as you can see I haven't been scared off yet - despite the insanity/inanity Cuckoo

Congratulations, you have passed the first test! Laugh

Quote:SoulRiser - I found this site, if you must know the honest truth, by typing "school sux" into google.

I didn't expect that Smile

Quote:Schools in Japan are strict - from junior high up anyways. There is a very strong conception of what is "normal" and if you don't fit into that your school life will be miserable. Much more so than in the West because school over here really affects the rest of your life choices. Everything is about passing entrance examinations to schools with good reputations. Without that on your resume you're pretty much screwed for ever finding well paid work. I would have hated going to school here. In Australia there are a lot more options - you can always change your mind about what you want from your life - not so in Japan.

Maybe that's why all anime from Japan is so weird (and often about school)... they have repressed urges to do abnormal things Razz

I'm glad I didn't grow up there. It's good to know that there are caring teachers over there though (you) Smile

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Quote:Maybe that's why all anime from Japan is so weird (and often about school)... they have repressed urges to do abnormal things Razz

rofl!!!! Rofl
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Welcome, it would seem as though you posses some intelligence. I do hope that its doth not get spoiled here.

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Alucard483 Wrote:Welcome, it would seem as though you posses some intelligence. I do hope that its doth not get spoiled here.


well its normally just the insanity that is the true intelligence.

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