Mar 3, 2013

Welcome back!


Tis I. I'm back. My two month pseudo-vacation has come to a close, and it's back to the grindstone for your friendly neighborhood blogger/ESL teacher. The first day of school has already wrought many changes. I have a new coteacher, for one thing. Coteacher (henceforth known as Old Coteacher) had to take extended leave for family reasons. So now, I have a brand new teacher to show around. This is shenanigans because I barely know what's going on anyway, so having to show the ropes to a new person is like the blind leading the blind, if you'll pardon the used-to-death simile. As I've mentioned, I only have one coteacher, unlike most public schools in Seoul. It's because my school is teeny tiny. Also, New Coteacher will be at another school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, effectively making me the head English teacher and de facto head of the English department. Check out how cool I am.

Anyway, things that only my teacher friends will understand/care about: At the moment, I'm down for 25 teaching hours. My contract tops me off at 22, so anything more is considered overtime. SO... either I'll be making mad dough this semester, or I won't have to teach after-school class. That would be the best news of my life an unfortunate loss to the after-school program. It would also cut my hours down to 21, thereby sneaking me under the wire and eliminating the need for my  poor, stingy school to have to pay me overtime.

In other news,  my school has decided to further deviate from the norm and have me teach first grade this year. To clarify: the national curriculum stipulates that English education starts in 3rd grade. However, my school apparently wants the kiddos to get a head start, so we start at first grade. Last semester, you may recall that I also taught 2nd grade.  New Coteacher (henceforth known as Coteacher) and I have decided that we're just going to teach the same lessons to 1st and 2nd grade. They can't even read Korean, let alone English.

Again, I apologize for my rather extended leave of absence, but I promise I will begin posting with the regularity and brevity to which you have been accustomed.

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