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Q: Teaching High school student/brats

Hello again

 

7 years in China and mostly dealt with primary / kindergarten  schools / students, tried one or two semesters to teach middle school kids , but an absolute disaster, just not up to their tantrums, smoking, phones in class, never doing homework, muttering under their breath whilst insulting me

 

my question (but I'm sure I know the answer already) is there any reason to think that High school kids should be any different other than maybe more insecure

 

have a few good offers to take a high school contract, but I think I should just stay  here in primary land

 

any opinions

 

thanks

3 years 44 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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High school kids are more mature (usually) and more worried about their scores on the Gao Kao which include English so they normally pay better attention. 

 

I found the worst during my stint was middle school kids.... (around 13-15)... trying to impress their friends... rebellious little shits. 

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I taught in 2 different high schools, and a semester in a middle school. I'd teach in a high school before a middle school. However; I must point out that I taught in a private school too. The students were much better behaved in private schools. I spent 5 years teaching in a college. I'd choose a post secondary institution any day. You might want to try that.

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High school kids are more mature (usually) and more worried about their scores on the Gao Kao which include English so they normally pay better attention. 

 

I found the worst during my stint was middle school kids.... (around 13-15)... trying to impress their friends... rebellious little shits. 

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Stay away from the public schools, man. I am currently working in one and it's just a gaokao factory run by a pack of geriatric nongs who spent their formative years wielding machetes and little red books, but now think they can advise me on how to be a teacher. They give me retarded MP4s where people talk like they've had some kind of aneurism and then get me to check their multi-choice answers. I told them that if they want me to do that they should just get a Lithuanian truck driver to stand and press the button. Once they got my blue eyes and white skin on their brochure to lure in huge swathes of braindead cashed up peasants, they reduced my classes and sent me to a primary school where I can actually make a difference. Here's my advice. Stick to either primary, or go to an adult training school. Also, here's a new warning, hot off the press. Make sure your employer is directly responsible for processing your documents. I am working for a company which has contracts with local schools. My passport spent six months in someone's desk because the school and the company couldn't decide who was responsible for processing it. With less than a month to go before my visa expires I suddenly have to run around and update everything all by myself.

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Kids these days are smart and have independent thoughts. They don't simply follow but ask questions. 

Don't waste time trying to understand them. All they care is to learn. As a teacher, be polite just do the job and teach the concepts well. The ones who really want help will ask.

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Kids are no more kids. They are focused and know what they want and how to get there. Just do your job of teaching well and share your email id. The ones who really need help will talk to you or if they are reluctant, they'll email you their problems. 

 

Live your life and enjoy. You're not a teacher 24/7. Be easily approachable and be a fun teacher.

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A: Can a new employer help you? Possibly but it's really hard to say for
A:Can a new employer help you? Possibly but it's really hard to say for sure. I used to be involved in hiring new teachers and a couple of times we had people we wanted to hire who were having trouble with their old school - situations similar to yours. Our school was legally able to hire foreign teachers, did everything by the book and was well connected, usually schools that mess people around with visa stuff aren't operating legally so a call from our visa guy to theirs telling them they were breaking the law, we were in the middle of processing the visa stuff with the PSB and the next phone call they got regarding this teacher was likely to be from the PSB asking some hard questions was usually enough to get them to co-operate. No school doing illegal stuff wants the PSB getting too interested in what they're doing. There's a chance a new employer could figure something out if they really want to hire you but these are difficult times, their hands might be tied too.    -- Stiggs