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    Default What's Good About JHS?

    Please tell me. Surely there must be something.

    (Yes, I know there was that whole JHS v. SHS thread - but this is not that - just give me a one liner...make my day...)
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    Eventually they grow up and go away.

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    they're even tighter than SHS gals.

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    Xioajie,
    Hmmm... they're not so angry? They aren't as jaded? I'm just throwing these out there.
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    I just found out I'll be teaching JHS M-Thu and Elementary on Fridays -- and, apparently, I'm going to be doing some kindergarten as well? O_o Save me!

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    Ohhh....kindergarten.....that makes me laugh....as far as I know (at least according to my pred....) I'm teaching elementary, jhs, and adult conversational!

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    Kindergarten is kind of fun really. Although, ive only taught special-needs kindergarten (try teaching English to a deaf 3-year old), but i think you'll find the teacher-student ratio to be pretty good.

    JHS kids aren't dead inside yet, they are only pretending.
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    Once they get to know you/you get to know them, they're very sweet.

    (NB:The students not the teachers)

    They love stickers and will do anything to get their hands on your purikura!

    The baseball boys/handball girls will all chorus "Sayonara" at you when you leave school at the end of the day.

    They act really surprised to see you all the time!! (Especially in the Super market, but even in class!)

    If you can get them to write you letters in English you get to know them better and realise they are really quite simple little things!

    Sometimes they bring you secret chocolate cakes.

    They say you are pretty or cute all the time!
    Over-optimism modest chocolate and a soft marshmallow lead you in elegant tea time.

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    yea, what hannah said. they're mostly little and sweet. and if they're not sweet, and want to fight you, at least they're still mostly little.

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    oh, and although ESID it is generally easier to take time off during school time should you need it. this is due to the fact that they don't care two hoots! Take full advantage, and as long as you are doing your job, attending all classes, doing your best for the little darlings, then taking time off during exam times when you don't have classes is OK.
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    The first year kids especially sometimes actually have a bit of enthusiasm left for school and English. Of course, that ends when they go off on the school ski trip and get lobotomies, so enjoy it while it lasts. Really, though, my first year kids are great.

    The second years, in my experience, are usually the most difficult/least responsive. I chalk it up to them all being thirteen and at their hormonal peak. That and in my town, it's usually the second year teachers who are the complete lunatics/incompetents, so those kids haven't generally got any reason to enjoy English or be enthused. I can't really blame them for that.

    The third year kids can be a mixed bag- either they've totally given up on school and could give two shits about English, or they really like the idea of talking to the ALT and have a lot of (usually dirty) questions. My third years who just graduated were a really, really great group of kids- I ate lunch with them occasionally, and the ones I've seen out in town or who have come back to visit have all seemed eager to talk to me and tell me all about high school. They were just a really nice group of kids. The current san nens I barely know, due to their aforementioned lunatic teacher. Teaching them is hell because almost all of them hate English, and I've taught them about four times all year and have zero rapport with them. Again, though, not their fault.

    Personally, I really enjoy teaching JHS. I feel like even the "bad" kids usually aren't so far gone that I can't at least try and affect some change and help them out, and it's pretty cool to know that when those first years show up in April, I'm the first regular ALT they've had. Most of them are excited about English, eager to try it out, and it's really great. What's no so great is watching the transformation into zombies, but I think you can forestall that sometimes, at least in your classes.
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    yeah, pretty much copy and paste all thats been said...jhs kids are fun

    the ichi nen seis are still shogakko kids at heart, and like english probably cos they just played games when the alt came for the yearly visit to the elementary school.

    although as with all schools the atmosphere can almost change over night with new kids arriving and teachers leaving or been moved around...

    at one school the kids are very genki, good at english and try hard. although for some reason they insist on asking me questions about the size of my penis and try to tell me all about theres...how do u actually answer the question "Are you big penis??!?"

    for some reason my kids forget all the english they have ever learned when they become nin nen sei's. if you have a few good kids though the classes are alot easier, they get into all the activities and kinda kick start the rest of the class.

    i blame alot of the lethargy (have i just made up a new word or butchered an old one?) of the san nen seis on the rediculous ammounts of tests, extra curicular stuff and club activities there forced to do till there organs bleed.
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    JHS is fun!
    Pau

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    Quote Originally Posted by raze
    they're even tighter than SHS gals.
    I imagine that wouldn't be hard as Japanese SHS girls have the reputation of being slutty. But then that's why you're desparate to get your Japan loving arse back over here, right!?!
    Give me my marker show me my line... surely this is it... the edge?

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    you caught me ops:

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