This morning when I went into work, I asked an English teacher how I could get kerosene. She didn't have a clue. (I was afraid of that.) So she asked the vice-principal. He didn't know either. He continued to ask around, until he got another teacher to volunteer to buy ten gallons for me and deliver it to my apartment. That's some SUPER service. He also gave me the receipt, so now I know where to get it. I just have to figure out how to get it back to my apartment on my own if I need to refill. (I found out that each container is really more like five gallons...not that I could carry five gallons all the way from the gas station any more than I could carry ten. Maybe if I invested in a cheap wagon...)
Yesterday there was an announcement from the nurse's office that they had too many students going there to take their exams. Well, duh, I thought, you asked for it. You see, if a student shows up who feels too sick to take the exam in the classroom, she is allowed to take it in the nurse's office instead with no penalty. But if a student is absent due to illness, as I mentioned earlier, she is penalized 20%. So, assuming you are a student concerned about your test grade and you feel ill the day of the test, what would you do? That's right, come to school despite feeling awful and ask to test in the nurse's office. It's a no-brainer. But the faculty in charge of the nurse's office complained that they only really have room to handle about two or three students, yet they were getting more than double that number...so they asked the teachers to keep students in their classrooms as much as possible for testing. What were they thinking?!
I do have one amusing test-grading incident to share. I was asked to grade the responses for a section that said, "Write a sentence using 'should have' to fit each situation below." One of the situations listed in the section: "When you get a bad grade on a test." Most of the students answered something like I should have studied more or I should not have gone to karaoke. My favorite, however:
And while I'm on the subject of doing poorly on tests... I studied quite a bit today for the proficiency test. I painstakingly looked up in the thesaurus each kanji compound I didn't understand to get a better idea of their nuances. At the end of the day, however, I came across a problem I just couldn't figure out. Two of the compounds both meant "profit," yet one was correct and the other wasn't. I asked one of the English teachers why, but she didn't know. She asked the teacher at the desk across from her, but he didn't know either, and neither did the teacher sitting next to him. She finally took the problem over to the nearest Japanese teacher, who pondered over it for a while before figuring out the reason. That's how hard these questions are.