I have been working for a school for about 3 months, and it has been…OK. The school is OK, the kids are OK, the Chinese teachers are OK, and the pay is OK. My boss, however, is a little less than OK. He’s not evil, and has not screwed me over in any way (yet), but I’ve gotten to the point that when I leave work mad every night, because I’m fed up with him.
He likes to do things like observe my 2 hour class for an hour, and then chastise me for not teaching X, Y and Z. When I tell him that I DID teach them, just in the second hour, then he goes off because I didn’t follow the lesson plan exactly as it was written. When I explain that the lesson plan was written for a class of eight teenagers, and I have a class of 19 5-and 6-year-olds, he tells me that if my classroom management skills were better, I could teach a class of 19 5- and 6-year-olds just as easily as a class of eight teenagers. Yes, this is a cram school I am working for, and yes, the guy is filling classes to maximum occupancy (and then some) in an effort to line his pockets.
For a while, I would just nod and say yes sir when he told me to do something different. But he’s been telling me to do the same thing over and over again, and when I do what he says, he’s still not happy.
Here’s another example. He seems to think that when I teach a complex sentence pattern during the first hour of class, the students should understand it completely and be able to use it freely during the second hour. I agree that if I make them memorize the sentences, they should be able to recite them, but they won’t be able to use them freely after one hour. Another example - the other day I taught Unit 1 of Book 1 to a class of 19 kids. The first sentences are He/She is a student. I explained that “he” is a boy and “she” is a girl, and had the kids point to different boys and girls and say “he” or “she” respectively, and I could tell that they understood, because they were using it correctly when they were thinking about it. But, as with ALL Chinese, including my boss, they would occasionally use it incorrectly. My boss says this is because I didn’t teach it according to the lesson plan. I opened the lesson plan for him, and pointed out that the lesson plan doesn’t even mention teaching that “he” is a boy etc, to which he said “Well it’s obvious you need to teach it, and you didn’t.” The main point of Lesson 1 Unit 1 was introducing the infamous verb “to be” and conjugating it, which I also did not do adequately, I suppose, seeing how I wasted so much time on he and she!
I know this is selfish and all, but I did not come to Taiwan to be mad at my boss every night. I also know that if I were at home in the states, I would just quit. That’s my policy. “If you don’t like it, leave!” So what do I do?
I did sign a contract, and I have my ARC. But I am tired of being miserable. And let