Pukers & Medicine

This week, I’ve had two students puke their guts out. Both were from the K3 class, and not my own students. They both puked during snack time. If there’s one thing that I don’t deal with, it’s puke, pee, and poo. I let others take care of that. I don’t like seeing puke because it usually makes me retch. I’ve never thrown-up, but it’s the smell that gets to me. I used to have a puker in my class. Every single week, he threw up.

Taiwanese kids take a lot of medicine. In my opinion, a lot of them are over medicated. I’m not a doctor, but I’ve never seen kids take this much medicine before. Is it good or bad, I don’t really know. Whenever something is slightly wrong, the Taiwanese go to see the doctor. That takes some getting used to, because back home, I went to the doctor only when something was really wrong. I’ve probably been checked up more in Taiwan than anywhere else, and I’ve lived in France, Germany, and Canada.

In my class, I’ve got two children who wet their pants. It’s a boy and a girl. I’d be inclined to stick them back into diapers, but honestly, it doesn’t happen much under my watch. It’s happened once since the term has started, but my co-teacher tells me that it happens more frequently in the afternoon.

Temper Tantrum Aaron

The problem with kids that are spoiled rotten is that they can be a handful when they come to Kindergarten. I’ve got a kid like that in my K2 class and he throws temper tantrums almost every day. He’s learned that this is the way that he gets what he wants and uses this with us. It’s the 3rd week of class, and I’ve never mollycoddled him. He’s been mollycoddled enough by his mother.

He latched onto the Taiwanese teacher and uses her as a surrogate mother. He constantly asks where she is and why she’s not around. My Mandarin is passable, so I understand him, but I always reply in English. He doesn’t speak much English, so he’s allowed to speak Mandarin, at least for now. No one else in the school is allowed, only new students. Personally, I would have put him in K1. He needs to learn the basics, but he picks up quickly so there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be speaking English in a few weeks or so.

He’s hit me, kicked me, shouted at me. I’ve had to physically grab him by the arms, while he flails his legs at me and put him outside the classroom. He never naps, and this drives my co-teacher insane because she can’t rest. He keeps the other kids awake. The other kids in class have started to make fun of him, and I encourage this right now to use it as peer pressure. I told the K3 class to do the same. Maybe that will work and he’ll stop his temper tantrums and he’ll sleep during nap time.

He’s getting better, but each and every day, there’s an issue. I think that tomorrow, if he freaks out, I’ll put him in the K1 class, the “baby” class. Usually that works. He’s had a lot of issues. He can’t wash his hands by himself, he can’t wipe his ass, he can’t nap, etc. I believe in tough love and don’t encourage any of this behavior. However, my co-teacher enabled him because she gave him the attention that he wanted. This week, she’s had enough and toughened up her stance.

When the other kids were making fun of him and imitating him, he went up to them and tried to put his hand on their mouths. That crossed a line for me. I don’t allow any kind of fighting, and this was pretty aggressive. He got the boot out of class for that.

In my 5 years of teaching, I’ve rarely seen temper tantrums this bad. They actually make me laugh and I don’t hide this, so that he feels ridiculed. Hopefully all of these techniques will make him realize that it’s my way or the highway.

Amy and Super Water Again

-Amy, is your water still super water?
Amy replies with a smile

Kindergarten Makes You Out Of It

It’s been a few weeks since I taught Kindergarten and I had forgotten how exhausting that is.

Crazy Pete, a K2 kid, is especially annoying. He just goes all over the place. It’s kind of funny really.

Then there was the K1 class. They were babies, literally. Some of them were like 2 or 3. Today, one of them pissed his pants, there were a few tantrums, and like 50% of the class had to be force-fed by their Taiwanese teacher. It was also a bit funny.

Each class usually has their clown or the kid that acts out. K1 has Sam and K2 has Crazy Pete.

I hadn’t slept enough the night before, about 4hours, and I felt it throughout the day. Thankfully I had a quiet lunch at Sababa’s and came home and immediately took a nap.

I was pretty grumpy when I came home. It didn’t help that Yoda had made a mess of the kitchen table. I wasn’t happy. After a while, I got over it.

Outdoor Teaching

I went outdoor teaching today. It was 35C. It was incredibly hot. I had 4L of water with me. I was using a hydration bladder. It was cool. My Osprey Atmos 25 is perfectly suited for the job. Still, I brought too much water. I like using the hydration bladder. It makes drinking water on the go a cinch.

I hate it how the playgrounds in parks are so dirty. It’s terrible. There are dog turds all over the place. You don’t even want to sit down. Shit all over the place, bums hanging around drinking alcohol, dogs all over the place. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a dog owner myself, but I never let my own dog near a playground.

I stopped at the Carrefour and got some dog food for Spike. It took forever to find the place where they moved it to. I couldn’t decide between PetLife, Purina, Alp and a few others. In the end, I got a 15kg pouch of PetLife and a 4kg of Alpo.

Today was a great day for Spike. He was off leash in the park and stayed near me the whole time. He came when I called and did his business by himself. After he finished, he heeled and we left the park. I put him back on the leash before I exited the park.

Tuesday Morning At A Kindergarten In Taiwan

I arrived at my morning gig right on time. Actually, I’ve been slower than usual getting to work so I’ve been arriving at work a bit later than I wanted. I’ve never been late though.

My bruised is healing up well, I ice it down three or four times a day. The rest of the time, I spray on a liquid form of Vicks Vaporub. It’s working. I’ve been able to run short distances, but my foot still feels a bit weak, and I’m sure that it would be easy to injure it again.

Tuesday morning I arrived at my usual time. I was heading into class when I saw the Taiwanese teacher of the K1 class using a hair dryer to dry her jeans. She still had them on and I was curious. It had been raining, so I guessed that she had gotten wet. Still, it was surprising, since I’ve never seen this type of behavior from the locals.

I asked her about it. She replied that a little boy named Vince had peed on her. He’s about two and a half and is in the K1 class. It’s a bit early for him, since he spends most of his time running around, not really being able to follow lessons.

Later that day, I was eating my lunch and watching some kids go through their lunch time routines, which involves a 90 minute nap. I haven’t eaten any rice at the school. I take the meat, the veggies and dump soup all over it. It tastes pretty good and is filling. I usually go back for a second bowl of soup. I find that I’m eating a lot less than before since I eat throughout the day, when I stop at home.

Anyways, there I was drinking my soup when I noticed that Vince was squatting in front of his classroom. I wondered what was going on. I didn’t really bother investigating. I was just enjoying a few minutes of peace, watching the kids run to the bathroom.

I saw the principal walk up to him. She started talking to him in Mandarin and summoned the Taiwanese teacher Rebecca. It became apparent that Vince had pissed himself again, right in front of the classroom. For some reason, this was extremely comical to me. I found it pretty funny. The same teacher cleared up the mess.

Fever Dreams Of Corporal Punishment

I’ve been stuck with a fever for the last few days. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s something you expect when you work this closely with little kids. The worst is actually when I get home and relax. The fever really hits me at around 9PM and knocks me out. I’d like to be bedridden, but I have to work. Luckily, I won’t be tutoring tomorrow and I’ll have a weekend to get my strength up again. Hopefully by Monday things will be better.

I find it hard to sleep when I have a fever. It’s never restful. Thankfully I was able to get a lot of rest last night. Right now, I’m typing from under a duvet and starting a good sweat. I’m drinking lots of fluids and using Ibuprofen to keep the fever down.

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