Don't know the bloke personally but what he wrote there seems about right to me. If, however, as another poster claims, he likes blowing off about his whore mongering, then his credibility, in light of his opinions about "responsibilty', would seem to be lacking. I think working with kids, in whatever capacity, requires that you present as a good role model for 'em.
Excellent point, and I totally agree that students need discipline that is fair and consistent. Students will often fulfill a teachers expectations of them.I agree with a lot of what he says. Obviously you don't need a Hitler in the classroom but what he says about the importance of discipline and class management is true. It needs to be taught and taught well. Far too many think learning is about sanuk and thats what students want. I believe most students want to achieve and work their arses off when they are actually getting somewhere.
I think Steve is brave, in talking out about some of the inconsistencies, in the Korean EFL system.
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The worst job in Thailand must be the man who has to sit down with a blue marker pen and mark a number two on the two-baht coins to stop people thinking they are one-baht coins.
The writing class was part of it to, according to someone that worked there. Maybe they are wrong, but they did work at the same place.Originally Posted by natalie8
As far as writing an article about BGs, and/or talking about it in class, these retards should be fired ASAP.
Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.
The photo was published in the on-line edition of the Korea Times (which happens to be down at the moment). Steve apparently wants his photo to be in the public domain associated with his name. What's the problem, then? May be not post photos from a national newspaper on this site?Originally Posted by Bangkok Phil
Screw that. RESPECT THOUGH FEAR!A teacher also must be flexible, sense of humor and relax because running a class room is not like running an army.
Strange that he writes about respect and discipline, and his sex life with BG's at the same time.
He's a Canadian who worked for AUA. AUA fired him last year because he wrote an article about his sex with bar girls. He also wrote somewhere, thet he worked for AUA Ratchadamri.Originally Posted by Well
His writing is crap anyway, so you're not missing anything.
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Being an after dark whore monger and being a great teacher have no correlation what so ever.
One's sexual preferences and lifestyle share absolutely nothing with one's ability to teach.
Only if you're a sick cunt into kids. Even then it doesn't affect one's ability to teach... just that it's not safe to have them as a teacher.
I'm sure some of the best male teachers in the world have been into things like having sex with...
blah blah blah
If someone likes to have sex with a vacuum cleaner does it affect their ability as a teacher?
You think it's appropriate for him to talk about this with his students? This is a known fact, that's why he got fired.
No it's not.
The lad must be a bit dumb if he talks about that with his stu's.
Guy's a weirdo.
A cursory glance through the drivel he has written on this site makes that obvious.
And people that ugly really shouldn't be allowed to put their picture on the internet.
This bloke's a classic.
I then said to the students: ``I own the room. From the moment I step into the classroom until the moment I leave, this is my house.
^ Read his columnns on this site - they are laced with the same sort of preening self aggrandising and bloated egomania.
The guy is totally gone.
May be Gen. Patton is his idol.
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As a trainer one of the first things I teach new teachers about is the way to establish classroom management from the moment you walk in the door.
This isn't it.
Yes, one must be firm, one must set rules, one must let the students know who is the 'boss' in the classroom - but to adopt this fascist approach will more than likely engender a great deal of talking behind the teacher's back about his insensitivity to the culture (he's in Korea now) and begin a groundswelling of disprespect for him from the students and eventually the administration.
I can't see a whole lot of difference between this article and some of his writings here. He is a blowhard, which is sad because he is putting himself out there as the face of native speaking language teachers - and he sure as hell doesn't speak for me, nor would I want anyone to think I was like this.
I don't know how effectively his students acquire language, but I do know that I would not want to be the guy who has his students the next year.