A blog written by an aggressive asshole with an axe to grind and a chip on his shoulder. Born in Boston, Grew up in Hawaii and after Japan will return to Hawaii.
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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Coulda used a better word?
Sure...but while looking for one (Googled "Segregated students") I found this article from today:
7 years teaching...
I knew after the 1st that teaching girls and boys was a different animal completely.
I don't teach "Momma's Boys" because "Momma" is a default part of the package....yeah...I'll pass...thanks anyway.
So the boys are boys and the girls are girls and after the age of 10 the differences become an active impedance to learning flow.
Girls accelerate early and have it seems a clearer long term view at an earlier age.
Why do you study English Rina?
"Because I want to travel the world and make money and then marry Justin Beiber."
She never blinked...she's ten and she meant every fucking word...not a joke in there...not to her.
Why do you study English Taro?
I can't put a quote because they usually don't have an answer.
I wasn't studying a foreign language at the age of 6,7,8,9,10.....I was making trouble and giving my mother headaches so I get it. Some friends (girls) WERE studying Spanish or another language and they probably wanted to set the world on fire....starting around ten I guess...meanwhile I was setting leaves and plastic Army men on fire somewhere nearby.
I started separating boys and girls after my 1st year teaching because it works better.
Boys wanna be pitted against each other in English Death matches.....I have become an expert at taking relatively boring/difficult parts of the learning curve and turning them into "Winner take all" events. They thrive under the gun and for the 2nd time in 7 years...only the 2nd...a boys class is the best in the entire school and it is related to their insanely competitive chemistry.
A "Momma's boy" would crumble under the combined pressure of myself and their classmates...I have seen it...it's fucking traumatizing and not for the weak or weary.
Girls and Boys hit puberty differently..apparently because some girls REALLY go over the emotional cliff...they sometimes burst into tears if I just ask them to take out their homework? The same girl will be squealing about some "Johnny's" boy band member at the next class.
I dunno? It's kinda stressful.
It's a jet coaster. Some classes I laugh so hard I can barely breathe and others I just wanna eat my own fucking head and die for...oh...60 minutes.
Boys...they seem to go into "cool" mode which is when they seem about the least cool they will ever be in their whole entire fucking lives...xcept they don't realize it...or they do and I laugh at them as opposed to with them. A pink shirt and a man purse? Your 13....and that will never be cool.
Maybe the Kanji studying Metro sexual ALT from England rocks that but here?...no...nope...never.
I have absolute double standards (teaching styles) for boys and girls because they are different and they sure as fuck don't study together.
I had a mother look at me oddly yesterday when I said her son couldn't join a girls class.
"They did mixed classes at his other school"
"Oh...well we just finished talking about the fact that the boys his age in my school are too high a level for him (he said that) so your suggesting the class that exited before his trial...the younger girls?"
She got my point. It's sometimes not so easy to imply the place they were studying at before sucked balls and ill prepared them for my classes. He has been studying at ECc junior since he was 5 which was 5 years ago..
.and he can't even join classes that have kids 2 grades below him...his own age? no fucking way....it was a non starter but I was struck by the fact apparently I'm the only one around here doing it like this.
It goes down the same
as the thousand times before
No one's getting smarter,
no one's learning the score
You gotta keep em' separated!!
Offspring - "Come out and Play (Keep em' Separated)"