Once upon a time, I taught in Hess and I had a blast. Incredibly, I did remember all the kids names – took a little time, of course. If you maintain a good relationship with your CTs, you’ll also be in a better position to ‘get to know’ your kids’ strengths and weaknesses.
I also recall that Hess ‘pushed’ us to the limit now and then. In my case, this was the summertime after I arrived. We were unexpectedly short several NSTs to begin with. Normal summers were heavy workloads. But being short NSTs at that time, my Head NST had to do magic to make sure all (well almost all) had an NST at least once a week.
He had us dashing from one branch to the next (Panchiao at the time was a grouping of 4 branches – whew, that was a long time ago, huh?). All of the NSTs worked nearly every single time slot for two months straight – that included the Sunday mornings. And after work, we’d be too tired to go out and spend anything. Besides, morning classes started at 8am. I believe all of us were pulling down nearly 90K just from the Hess work – and this was LONG before Hess matched the market rate for teaching.
Could I remember their names? Well, the extra summer classes were most likely to be N1 classes - - so was able to name most of them anyway
In short, you have 150 - 200 kids a week?
My answer: ask for more. You shouldn’t have a problem