The private school teacher is officially pissing me off.
1. Don't tell my students what to call me. If it doesn't bother me that they call me 샘, then it shouldn't bother you. We've all survived in this situation for a year and a half without you arbitrarily correcting them with "Elizabeth Teacher", which is not even what we actually say in English, so get the hell off that high horse while we're at it. The students can call me whatever the hell they want to, so long as it's not 'asshole'. They're talking to me -- that's the point. It's our business -- not yours.
2. Don't wander around explaining the assignment to the students in Korean one by one and distracting them while I'm trying to explain the assignment in English to the entire class. Don't tell me they can't understand -- they can understand perfectly well when I give them directions. That's my job. They can't understand when you're standing in front of them babbling in Korean while they're trying to concentrate on my English.
3. Don't sit there across the lunch table from me and try to get me to agree that there are some of our students who just can't be helped, that they should be given up on and ignored, and told just to go to sleep during class. I'm sorry that you're having issues with the fact that these are not private school cherubs, but that is not their fault. This is public education --they deserve the very best that we have to offer. Our students face all kinds of issues that you have never run across in your classes before. There are divorces, depressed mothers, parents who have completely disappeared leaving children with dying elderly grandparents, kids who can't read, kids who have jobs, kids who have to look after three little siblings completely on their own, kids who have the shit kicked out of them by their fathers every night. If you can't handle the fact that there are side-effects from these issues that show up all over their behavior, then stick to the hagwon world. Our job is not just to focus on the students who are bright and eager to learn -- it is to do our dead-level best to, yes control bad behavior and reign in distractions, and the best way to do that is to find a way to engage every single child in the classroom. We won't always succeed, of course. But chucking in the towel is not the adult solution. These boys have already had a whole slew of people give up on them, and they've only got more of that to face down in the future. If you want to sign your name to that list, you go right ahead -- I'm not on board.
You are on my fucking list, lady.
On that note, I feel like shit and am retiring to bed for the foreseeable future. It's been a rough-ish week, although my students continue to give 110% and make me a very, very happy teacher. I think the weather is just fucking up my immune system, and I'm running a bit of a fever and feeling generally out of it. Hence the carelessness with responding to tons of lovely messages, happy birthday related and otherwise, over the last few days. I apologize. I'm going to get some good sleep, some decent food in my belly, and I'll hopefully come up bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and swinging on Monday morning.