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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented View Post
    this is a very valid complaint mate.
    my morninings are a nightmare, as exemplified by a 8 years olds computer crash right now.

    my sons school's english teacjers all said fuck it and cut back the classes, they knew the overload wasnt working and used the time for mpre social interaction between the kids. not what we are paying for but seeems to be working.
    unfortunately the thai teachers upped the thai homework at the same time, but that is the wife's problem.

    i think there will be a lot of changing of schools when this is over as parents (like me) let the school know what they think of their behavior.
    Yeah its very difficult to get any work done with a 7 year old sat near you in a lesson. We've hired someone just to sit with her which seems to be working as she kicks off less with her.

    As soon as my last class is finished I go through her homework assignments and delete the stupid ones before my wife sees them and tries to force daughter to do them.

    Bribing with Robux is also working.
    I'd like to see what morning looks like
    Don't wanna drink pint after pint
    I wanna wake up without feeling sick
    But I can't cuz I'm a drug-abusing alcoholic

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    Well all that noise about a lockdown turned out to be fake news, a real issue in Mongolia just like anywhere else. Today's super interesting day was spent plotting out medium term plans. Google Sheets really is better than excell IMO, I like the fact I don't need to worry about auto-saving! One issue we are all having is that the internet in Mongolia simply cannot support the whole school going live at once.

    I am of the notion that the first term should be one of fun, creativity and social interaction to make up for that my incoming first graders lost in kindergarten- and boy oh boy did they lumber those kids with a lot of homework. Brainstorming games that can be done with social distancing upheld this evening.

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    No offence, but I have a lot more sympathy for teachers in the UK with kids heading back next week than I do for any teacher continuing with online learning.

    All the numbers there are heading in the wrong direction again.

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    The place where I work has taken delivery of 80 or so of these massive 86 inch smartboards.

    Teaching in the "New Normal"-i3touch_v_series-jpg

    Because of understaffing and the large intake of students the bright bulbs have decided that we will go "hybrid". Half the students attend in person and the other half study online. OK, I guess. The students will alternate day by day. Sunday Group A in the classroom and Group B at home. Monday Group B in the classroom and Group A at home. Now, working in the Middle East has shown me that substantial numbers of students struggle with regular attendance. This revolving door timetable may exacerbate this.

    Nobody in the department that I know of has used these. In the last meeting we had the department dean was asked about training and his answer was, "I don't know, maybe in three or four weeks." Ha! We start classes next Sunday.

    I had a quick YouTube look which revealed that it shouldn't be too difficult using these, but we will see. I hope they are as user-friendly as the video makes them out to be.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Teaching in the "New Normal"-i3touch_v_series-jpg  
    Pues, aquí estamos.

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    First week was pretty good, it was great to be back in person. This week I am working from home before back in person for the following week.

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    ^ nice setup, I'm assuming for classes the lighting is less intimate

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    Indeed-although the pic seems to have vanished. Back in person this week and the coworker behind me in the teacher's room has tested positive. Now, you would have thought we all get sent home to quarantine? Nope, rapid test then back to work. I'm a little concerned about this rather underwhelming attitude- we have no idea of knowing if the family of students might have someone with a health condition that prevented them from getting a vaccine, or indeed if the students themselves have a health condition.

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    We managed to finish the school year mostly in person. Neither of my classes had a single case of covid in them, which is a minor miracle. Rather oddly we are online for the final week, not because of covid, but the lessen traffic for people getting the office parties. The mind boggles at that dumb decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Rather oddly we are online for the final week, not because of covid, but the lessen traffic for people getting the office parties. The mind boggles at that dumb decision.
    I'm sure Mongolia is not alone in making dumb decisions around COVID.

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    I spoke to a student at my former school in BKK and they'll finish the year entirely online.

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    I was fortunate, my children got to attend the last couple of weeks back at school.

    Now they are on holidays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I spoke to a student at my former school in BKK and they'll finish the year entirely online.
    Daughter's still online but I've been back for the last month or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Daughter's still online but I've been back for the last month or so.
    How's it going being back? Does it feel strange?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    How's it going being back? Does it feel strange?
    Everyone's stuck at tables so bit weird not doing group work but it's not bad. Masks are annoying. I don't recognise many if they're not sat in their classroom. Teaching phonics in a mask is basically useless. In typical Thai style rules are gradually and silently being ignored by the masses.

    Loads of teachers going home for Xmas. School currently shitting themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Loads of teachers going home for Xmas. School currently shitting themselves.
    Cool, I may score some more sub work then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    I may score some more sub work then.
    ...can you make a decent living at that?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...can you make a decent living at that?...
    Probably not, as most are going back to face to face classes, but earlier in the year I was making 45K a month for 8 "teaching" hours/week plus prep.

    The whole teaching online thing is taking a down turn, students are seriously burnt from being online either for classes or work.
    "I was a good student. I comprehend very well, OK, better than I think almost anybody," - President Trump comparing his legal knowledge to a Federal judge.

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    We ended the school year with a party, for teachers, no student allowed!
    I got a medal
    I drank a few too many shots of vodka
    I had to walk several friends home so they didn't black out in -35 weather.
    A good night 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    We ended the school year with a party, for teachers, no student allowed!
    I got a medal
    I drank a few too many shots of vodka
    I had to walk several friends home so they didn't black out in -35 weather.
    A good night 555
    Not your average teacher function at school then.

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    Not at all, the whole culture of ceremonies and the drinking attached to it was in stark contrast to a more conservative work culture in Myanmar and Thailand. It took a little getting used to and still feels somewhat "odd".

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