I got notice today that I was fired from a kindergarten because of an incident that happened last week. I only work at the place once a week for three half-hour classes. I was teaching the youngest class of kids, the ones about 4 years old, some basic TPR - “Stand up! Sit down!” Ordinarily not what you’d call a risky, dangerous activity, right? But somehow, some kid managed to bump his eye against a chair and had to go to the hospital and get stitches. So naturally the parents get angry and the school blames me for it, so I have to go.
I’m not angry about it or anything, after all it’s only an hour and a half a week of classes, so that’s no big deal. I feel bad about what happened to the kid, of course, though thankfully there doesn’t appear to be any serious damage aside from the stitches. It’s just an odd situation. I still can’t figure out how a person can hit their eye on a chair just by standing up and sitting down. I guess kids at that age must be very, very uncoordinated. I don’t feel like I’m to blame, since there was no possible way I could have foreseen such a bizarre accident happening during a bit of standard TPR drill. But I can see it from the school and parents’ point of view how they wouldn’t want me teaching their kids in that class any longer. BTW there are at least two Taiwanese co-teachers supervising that class while I teach.