Good Things Thursday I

Let’s start off by addressing the obvious: It’s not Thursday.

Believe me, I know. If it was Thursday, I would be rounding up my class and taking them to the bathroom right about now. Good Thing #1: It’s Saturday, and I got to sleep in, workout, and meditate this morning!

Point number song (2): You may have noticed that after really-really thinking I would start doing a weekly Rad Roundup, I… didn’t.

And where do those two things collide? In introducing Good Things Thursday, of course!

(I really super promise not to stay so frakking cheery.)

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This generation apparently fails?

We’re not inventive.

We’re not learning.

We’re not empathetic.

We’re not, we’re not, we’re not.

All three of these articles have been published in the last two days. How is it that in the last two days, researchers have found three totally separate things that this generation apparently fails at?

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I had a bad lesson

They were just sitting there staring at me. Not five minutes before, all thirty of them had agreed that they understood their instructions and were ready to get started. I’d split them into their groups, and… then they just sat there. Silently.

And stared at me.

At that moment, I seriously contemplated walking out of the classroom and down to the English Program office, gathering up everything I owned, and leaving. I wasn’t even just thinking of going back to my house to have a good cry and pity party over my absolute failure as a teacher; I was honestly considering packing up all my belongings and preparing to leave Thailand to head back to the US within a week.

Perhaps I was being a bit melodramatic, but I’d already had a really long week and it’s only hump day.

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Happy New Year; now stop your whining

So… I have a confession. I suck at writing blogs. If you’ve followed me at all this past year, you already know that’s true.

But I actually think that might (really, really) be changing in the near future, and it’s all based on…

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Rad Roundup #1

We’re not going to talk about long absences. We are going to talk about my new weekly post “Rad Roundups”. And by weekly, I think I actually mean weekly. I’m going to play around with the day, though; I’m currently thinking Thursday or Sunday. (The Monday post is an aberration caused by the long weekend [Happy New Year!], so don’t get used to it.)

So, here we go with my first ever compilation of amusing and/or thought-provoking things from Internet Land. Today I’ve decided to number in Thai, and all the spelling is mine so it might not be the accepted English spelling. I spell things how they sound. It’s a radical concept, I know.

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Colbert and Congress, Migrant Workers and Illegal Aliens

So, when I first saw the Tweets from @Reuters and @nprnews* about Colbert on Capitol Hill, I assumed that it was because he was doing some live shows from DC. How silly of me.

Since when do satirical TV show hosts testify before Congress in character?

Congressional circus aside, the issues of migrant labor and illegal aliens have been floating around in my mind, just waiting for the right catalyst to help it come into the world. Apparently Colbert is said catalyst.

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High Five

Now, to anyone who works with kids in the English-speaking world, you know just how powerful the high five is. Kids love high fives. “Slap my hand; it’s so fun!” And you know, it is all feel good and shit.

However, teaching “high five” to Thai kids promises even more enjoyment. For those not familiar with the Thai language, pronouncing “high five” presents Thais with a couple of tiny little problems:

1) They don’t have the “v” sound in their language. They also don’t have “z”, “th”, and a host of other English sounds.

2) They don’t pronounce the final consonant of words.

So, I’m teaching “high five” to my kindergarteners randomly, just to get them geared up and excited. By focusing on those two minor little problems in pronunciation with them, I now have an interesting mix of students all clamoring for high fives, half of whom are yelling, “High fie, high fie!” and the other half of whom are screaming, “High fi-VUH! High fi-VUH!”

Oh, yeah.

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