16.06.2009 25 °C
Is corporal punishment dead? I think not
So, I was sitting in the "Teachers Office" today which unlike home isn't off limits to students. That's one thing about schools over here, teachers don't seem to get a break from students at all. The students pretty much roam the school all the time which probably explains why I spend more time in my 5th floor classroom than the teachers office. Now I do like the girls but everyone needs a bit of peace every now and then. Anyway, back to the teachers office. So there I was sitting at the computer when I heard a teacher raising her voice to some students. This went on for about 10 mins; I looked up every now and then for a nosey and saw the students didn't really looked that bothered, so I got back to work. But then I heard a loud crack, so I looked up and saw the students getting smacked across the hands with a long stick. And I thought corporal punishment was dead - obviously not!! Now, you would think a hard slap might make the students shed a tear (as we are talking about girls) but no, I think I saw them smile!! Maybe I should try this in my class when students are lying across their desks catching some zzzzzz.
Jumping Jack Flash
Now all my co-teachers seem to have their own way of disciplining students, from standing at the back of class with your arms above your head to standing with a sign above your head to doing 'lines' whilst sitting on the floor in the teachers' office but this one made me laugh. I was teaching a 1st grade class and about 7 students arrived late so they were whisked to the back of the classroom where my co-teacher made them all peform jumping jacks whilst holding their ears. I think they did this for about 10 minutes. Now, I didn't see this original form of discipline at first but when I did I found it hard to keep a straight face. It was hilarious. Again it was one of those moments when I thought am I really seeing this? I have much to learn from my Korean teachers, much to learn