There are good days and bad days here in the school. Good days usually mean that I don't have to deal with my co-teacher and I can have a good class, get the kids talking, and actually teach them something about English. Then there are the bad days. They usually entail having to deal with my Co-teacher saying something about the way I teach, something totally off the wall, bat-shit insane, or kids who won't shut up and make me have to actually punish them by making them sit in the back of the class or going to the principal.
Today was one of those bad days, all because of the co-teacher. After my first class, she comes up and says that I should just drop the lesson I have been teaching because it is boring. I should use the cooperative teaching method (OK, native speakers, cooperative teaching means that I teach some and the Korean teacher teaches some so that the kids get the benefit of a native speaker and also the Korean speaker so that they have an easier time learning...like I come up with a game, explain it in English, then the co-teacher tells the kids in Korean so they can actually participate in the game easily.).
So I say to Josephine (yes, we call her that, it's a very long story) that if she wants me to use the cooperative teaching method, then we need to get together and work on some lesson plans...the conversation is as follows:
me: what I just said
J: I have no time. I very busy.
me: OK, then how can I use the cooperative teaching method?
J: No, you must use the cooperative teaching method.
me: Right, but how can I use it if you can't help me. It takes two people.
J: No, just you.
me: That's not cooperative.
J: You must use the cooperative teaching method. Your method is boring and I have learned the cooperative teaching method.
me: OK, then you should show me how to use the cooperative teaching method?
J: You must use the cooperative teaching method. Only you.
J: You must use claps.
J: Yes, praise claps.
me: OK, but how do I use the cooperative teaching method you want me to use.
J: I very busy now. You must learn new method.
J: You must learn cooperative teaching method yourself. You must change your teaching method.
me: OK, I have class now, so I need to go teach....(under my breath: with my old, boring non-cooperative teaching method...)
Today after school, I think I'll have a beer....and somehow magically learn the cooperative teaching method! Maybe beer will make it clearer...