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So last night my neighbour C told me she found out where our successors are from (apparently that's all we're allowed to know so far um okay), and then I came home and went to bed and I swear to god I had a dream in which the principal of my Tuesday elementary school hired a new ALT without consulting me about it at all, and at first I was pretty happy to have a new friend, but then the principal started hanging out with her all day and I would hear them laughing together from the hallway and then all the teachers liked her immediately and started asking her to do English classes for them every week but never invited me to join and so I just sat in the staff room slowly hating her more and more and when I woke up I was like

Dear Brain,

I honestly can't think of another time when you were so completely not subtle about showing me what I am afraid of.

Love,
Sarah

IN OTHER NEWS, one of our eikaiwa students started working at my junior high part-time in April. Last week I handed out the latest issue of my newsletter and today I found a copy of it on my desk with a bunch of compliments on it in this guy's handwriting?? Like, at the top of the newsletter I put a picture of myself when I was four, mostly just 'cause, but beside it he wrote "You look pretty as a princess ... still do" and I was like whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. Can I just ignore this till I leave in three months? I mean - please don't tell me that I am going to have to tell a sixty-year-old that I am just not that into him.

Also I don't think I react to compliments about my appearance the way ~society~ imagines I should haha. I mean, I don't get complimented very often because I spend about thirty seconds on my appearance every day because as long as I'm clean I don't really consider any other part of it a priority. So when this guy says the above and when the guy who was crushing on me when I worked at the movie theatre says I'm beautiful I'm mainly like "Okay. Cool." and then I forget about it. Dear the very few guys trying to get my attention: how about you compliment me on something I might actually care about? Just an idea.

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Date: 2013-05-14 08:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aurora-lime.livejournal.com
Mike likes to tell me I'm pretty and beautiful. He's very nice but I don't often take much notice of it. I'm of the opinion that he's biased and is hardly going to be like, "hm, my wife is funny looking." Last semester when my grades came in and I did great he said, "See? You worked really hard and I knew you were smart." Right away I was all "Yesss.... tell me again! tell me how smart I am!" I guess it comes down to what you take pride in and what you can believe. I'd say I'm pretty average looking so I have trouble when people tell me otherwise, I just don't really believe it. But my smarts? Oh Baby, let me show you them.

As for the new ALT thing? I went through the same mind trip. I even saw current JTEs post about them on facebook but then the lull came and work picks back up and they're not so shiny and special and new anymore.

I know my successor is better at organizing the English club than I am, but I was better at forming relationships with my JTEs and other sensei in the staff room. You'll kick the pants out of your successor at some things and then vice versa.

(Also, my successor lives to vaguebook about her drama and attention needs and I secretly hate her for it but I still remain a supportive pred. But seriously. She drives me insane.)

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Date: 2013-06-02 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arisha.livejournal.com
bahaha I KNOW RIGHT. I would so much rather be complimented on some tangible thing I did that causes someone to go "Man you are smart!!"

Not my chopstick skillz though ... I'm rather over that one.

I AM GLAD THIS SUDDEN SUCCESSOR ANXIETY IS NOT ONLY A SARAH ANXIETY. I have calmed down a bit down but I do have sudden bouts of "OH GOD WHAT IF SHE'S A SUPER ALT AND EVERYONE LOVES HER AND LOOKS BACK AT ME AND HATES ME IN RETROSPECT."

Both my vice principal and my main JTE have told me that in terms of communicating with the students, I'm the best ALT they've had. So I am going to do my best to be happy with that. I mean. It's certainly not a bad compliment to receive.

I am impressed that your JTEs have Facebook ... mine are shocked every time I use Google Images to find a picture so I'm not sure they're hip to that technology.

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Date: 2013-06-02 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arisha.livejournal.com
Also I hope my successor doesn't mind me nosing in her business once in a while ... I mean just to get a sense of how things are ... my predecessor really doesn't seem to care at all. I get the sense she didn't care much when she was here either, but I dunno, somehow I think it would be nice to have a pred who every once in a while asks how things are going ...

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