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March 30, 2010 | 07:14pm
Mood: dead
Music: These New Puritans - Elvis

I hate six year olds. 건우, 하연, and 진완 are rotten little fuckers. I don't know what happened between Thursday and today because that class went from being okay to a total nightmare. I need to figure out a new method of discipline, and fast, because this shit isn't working.

I finished the book I've been reading at the gym: The Android's Dream by John Scalzi. Far better than I was expecting, and now I feel a big Science Fiction kick coming on. Pity I have a grand total of zero scifi books here beyond that. I'll just borrow a couple from the GIC next weekend, I guess.

Я скучаю русский: говорить, писать, читать. Я иногда желаю, что я не здесь в Корее, а в России. Но я здесь счастлив со своей жизнью... это точно, что я никогда не думал - когда я был студентом в университете - что я сегодня бы здесь. ах, c'est la vie. En d'autre mots (parce que je voudrais ecrire dans tous de mes langues): la vita è.

Also: 안녕, Nigel! Now get an LJ.

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LadyEquinox

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from: ladyequinox
date: March 30, 2010 10:33am (UTC)
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Psst, it's called SF. And you could always download an SF ebook. But I think, for the sake or morality, you should borrow from the GIC.

~Nox

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: March 30, 2010 11:05am (UTC)
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I know about the whole Science Fiction/SciFi/SF debate, I just don't care. :p

I have plenty of Science Fiction ebooks, but I want some non-ebooks for the gym... kinda hard to read an ebook on my laptop while I'm cycling away.

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from: ext_229653
date: March 30, 2010 01:25pm (UTC)
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You should start commending the good students by name, as in if your classes aren't terribly big, say "very good (insert list of names of most of the class)" and leave out the rotten ones. The theory is that eventually they will want to conform. Names on the board does help a little. I had one student become really cross and silent when I put his name up and was adamant about getting it off at the end of class. How well these methods work on six year olds depends on them and also how strictly you enforce them.

I read all of 1984 on a fixed bike in high school (for reference, that was just after 9/11 when congress announced that they would change the name of French Fries to Freedom Fries in their cafeteria)

I was doing so well ad pronouncing the shit out of that Russian and then you had to throw French in there. WHY? WHYYYY?

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: March 30, 2010 01:38pm (UTC)
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I really like the commending good students by name idea - I'm going to try it on Thursday (the next time I have these classes). The name on the board thing works with my older classes, but these kids have such poor English - and no English names - that I don't want to even try. I'd rather keep Korean out of the classroom than start writing their names on the board... although if need be, I'll break out the hangeul and go for it.

You can read Russian? Nice! I didn't just throw in French... there was a bit of Italian sprinkled in there as well. ;)

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from: cdean.wordpress.com
date: March 30, 2010 06:43pm (UTC)
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People actually argue over Science Fiction/SciFi/SF? Are you kidding me?

This is why I mostly read non-fiction.

Anyway, glad I could understand a grand total of 2/3 of this post.

P.S. I did get your IM last night in my inbox. Iiiiiinteresting. Skype date soon? I'm going to CHICAGO(!!!) (maybe less exciting to you somehow), but maybe in the next couple days or else early next week?

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: March 31, 2010 12:31am (UTC)
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By "non-fiction" you mean "nonfic," right? Sorry, sorry, couldn't help myself.

I'm glad you could understand most of the post. ;)

We should skype asap... I'm always on skype, just invisible, so message me and maybe I'll respond. I need my Caitlin-fix. I read that you were going to Chicago, I'm excited for you! Say hello to it for me, okay? And have fun!!!

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antigone_k

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from: antigone_k
date: March 31, 2010 06:52pm (UTC)
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If it makes you feel better, nineteen year olds are just as bad. Maybe in a different way. Or maybe not, I'm not sure sometimes :P

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: April 1, 2010 12:14pm (UTC)
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ugh, I'm sorry... I hope none of your students have ever been as bad as mine have, because if so-- well, godspeed. :'( :P

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antigone_k

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from: antigone_k
date: April 1, 2010 03:46pm (UTC)
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Hah, well, I think it's a different sort of bad...what I get is the occasional student contesting a grade, but some of them are pretty entitled and can be kind of aggressive about it. Stuff like...nasty emails or just coming up to me, demanding to get the points back, and rolling their eyes, raising their voice, cutting me off, etc when I try to explain why they got the grade thy did. Stuff like that.

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