For me, not working at the same school all day every day keeps it interesting, maximizes my hourly rate, gives me freedom to supplement my income with privates (who pay in advance and don’t cancel, ever), and gives me opportunities to learn new methods and new angles for teaching. I expect to move into more private classes in the future and maximize my time/money ratio. I still have lots of free time, no school owns me or is any position to make unreasonable requests of me, and if I don’t like it, I can get out of most of my work without much repercussion.
What’s annoying for me is working at large schools that have you working the same hours every day, the same students for too many hours each day, too many report cards and communication books, too many pointless extra curricular functions, too many employee politics, too many times contract disputes for not getting paid for this or that, too much unpaid prep time, etc. All of this for some salaried position where you end up getting paid 3-400 bucks an hour if the month has too many work days in it and you get sick of teaching and the kids get on your nerves.
By saying that, I’m painting a picture that is true in some schools. For some people, that kind of job seems very stable and secure, and it’s a good deal for 70+ grand a month, a place to live, some company perks and maybe even a paid holiday or two. There are lots of jobs like that. Hell, If I really wanted to make some money, I’d live in a shared accom, eat noodles, get an evening job as well, and some privates. Maybe in some town down south. I’d pull in 120,000 a month, and spend 10. There are people who do that and you can bet they don’t spend that much time on F.com.
If I don’t have a good Monday morning, then It’s OK because I am doing something else by that afternoon. if little Johnny is acting up, I don’t have to deal with him all day. I’m not there long enough to get annoyed and lose my cool or something like that.
I just like having my freedom and choices. I make this happen by pretending that I am a contractor providing a service for money. I make English things happen for x dollars an hour and I do everything I say I will do from the start. I even like what I do most of the time. So do my students, of all ages and interests. It’s taken me 3 years to get on this path with working here. I like it better than ever.
That’s just me, and maybe others like me. I make good money, I don’t work too much (I used to work 80 hours a week back in the day) and I feel as if I am working for myself, which is exactly where I want to be. I work for my students as well because that’s kind of what a teacher does.
I guess it’s a “to each his own” kind of scenario. I think Taiwan is a good deal, but I’m biased. I’d like to hear more about Korea and how comfortable it is, how hard you have to work for that money and other comparisons.
I’ve noticed that the wages haven’t gone up in 3 years, so I take it upon myself to ask for more. I think all teachers should. It’s called cost of living and inflation.