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Do you prefer to teach Children or Adults
Children
46%
 46%  [ 13 ]
Adults
53%
 53%  [ 15 ]
Total Votes : 28

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2CuteNCanadian



Joined: 10 Dec 2003

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:29 am    Post subject: Adults VS Kids Reply with quote

Alright everyone....lets see what your preferences are....when it comes to teaching children or adults, for those of you with experience in both, which do you prefer:
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Ya-ta Boy



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: Established in 1994

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2003 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've taught middle school, high school, university and adults. My interest level is proportional to their age. I can tolerate and often enjoy teaching as young as high school. But the older the better.

But starting today I will be spending 4 hours a day teaching middle school brats. Rolling Eyes It will last for one month. Then back to adults.
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Mr. Pink



Joined: 21 Oct 2003
Location: China

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2003 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm there was no option on it doesn't matter.

I voted kiddies as that is where most of my experience lies.

However it doesn't really matter to me, I will teach anyone.
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the_beaver



Joined: 15 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2003 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Children are evil.
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Rand Al Thor



Joined: 28 Jan 2003
Location: Locked in an epic struggle

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2003 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the_beaver wrote:
Children are evil.

agreed
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crazylemongirl



Joined: 23 Mar 2003
Location: almost there...

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rand don't you have a kid?
I like kids, I've taught an adult class, but I enjoy the enthusiasm of kids.
clg
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Rand Al Thor



Joined: 28 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crazylemongirl wrote:
rand don't you have a kid?
I like kids, I've taught an adult class, but I enjoy the enthusiasm of kids.
clg

Notice the above sentences are in plural (children vs child) Kids in groups of more than one are just plain evil.
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wylde



Joined: 14 Apr 2003

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crazylemongirl wrote:
rand don't you have a kid?
I like kids, I've taught an adult class, but I enjoy the enthusiasm of kids.
clg


being not an entertainer i find that teaching adults is much more rewarding... they pay the bills, they are the 1's that are enthusiastic..

90% of childrens enthusiasm is contained in their disruptive abilities
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erlyn



Joined: 08 Jun 2003
Location: Incheon, South Korea

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I teach both. I don't dislike teaching kids, per se, but I find that in my experience, the adults are more likely to use English in their everyday life. Every once in a while, one of them will come to me, really excited, about how they were able to write a proper e-mail to a European colleague, or were able to field a phone call in English in front of their peers, and really impress their boss. That can sometimes make them more enthusiastic or motivated to study.

I don't think you can definitively say that one is better than the other, though. I think that there are probably also lots of unmotivated adults out there, studying to increase their TOEIC score, but otherwise completely uninterested. I agree with the above poster who said it can be directly proportional to the interest and enthusiasm of the students.
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osangrl



Joined: 04 Nov 2003
Location: osan

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive taught all ages.

For two years it was kindergarden and elementary. At the time i thought it was the worst thing in the world. The prep, the screaming, the butt pokes, the "PUT YOUR HEADS DOWN".......but now i miss it. The hugs, the "teacher, teacher", making the flash cards, figuring out a cool game to play, the cheers when i walked in the classroom. Its tough work. But i think for a first timer, children is where its at. If you can survive a year of that, you can do anything. Its also very rewarding.

I guess i don't like teaching adults because of their often ignorant views. They always say the same thing, and often all think the same way. It makes conversation class a bit boring. Plus the split shifts suck.

Now im teaching highschool. I like the subjects, ancient history and life science. Its like im a real teacher. Teaching about cells and genetics and photosynthesis, and ancient greece and egypt and India. But highschool students are worked to death and it takes alot to stimulate them. They are often too tired to think.

I picked children, even though adults are easier.
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anae



Joined: 13 May 2003
Location: cowtown

PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2003 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, the younger the better. I love 3-7 year olds. They are little sponges who love learning and love their teacher. What else could I want?
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maxxx_power



Joined: 17 Mar 2003
Location: BWAHAHAHAHA! I'M FREE!!!!!!!

PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2003 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anae wrote:
For me, the younger the better. I love 3-7 year olds. They are little sponges who love learning and love their teacher. What else could I want?


I second this. I love my little chittlins and they their big burly punching bag.
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Squid



Joined: 25 Jul 2003
Location: Sunny Anyang

PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2003 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adults only here my chingus.

2002 I taught hagwon kids for ECC, which whilst a steady paycheck, was basically a childminding position. I grew to dislike it intensely, especially the kindergarten classes.
That was my first position though and I stuck it out just to get a completed contract under my belt, which = bargaining power here.
My current school took a small risk with my lack of adult teaching experience when they hired me but since then I've enjoyed it, despite the split shifts, kept and increased my roll, and they're happy as can be. After a year or two of this I'll be in line for a move to a Uni. position, even less working hours- and hopefully an above average paycheck.
All that and job satisfaction too- a former student got a job recently and E-Mailed me to thank me for the help I'd given her, unpaid, in tidying up her resume and cover letter in English.

Adults only for me, tip of the hat to you that can tolerate the little screamers.

Squid
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peppermint



Joined: 13 May 2003
Location: traversing the minefields of caddishness.

PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2004 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to swear by teaching adults- always. I've swwitched to a public shcool gig and I don't think I'd ever look back. The kids can be both the best and worst students I've ever taought, sometimes in the same class.

The thing is, I teach around 1200 kids each week, and out of that, I'd say less than fifty cause trouble. Good odds, don't you think?

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VanIslander



Joined: 18 Aug 2003
Location: Geoje, Hadong, Tongyeong,... now in a small coastal island town outside Gyeongsangnamdo!

PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2004 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, peppermint, 1200? I only teach 90 students a week (ah, the hagwon life!) the vast majority in elementary and early middle school. I used to think I wanted to teach adults but I've found the younger students learn more, try harder, have more energy and are more fun. It's hard to imagine giving them up for inhibited older folk who don't want to practice, cannot be pushed much and only want to have conversations with their ill-equipped English.
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