I’ve had a bad today. I work for several schools through an agent (yes I know). I was told that the school I have on Thursday afternoons had decided to cancel my second class but I would still be teaching my first class. I prepared my class, then guess what when I got to class I found the second class hadn’t been cancelled it had been merged into the first class. There is one large problem with this, the first class is 8 and 9 year olds, the second is 6 year olds, they are at different levels.
So I asked the what they wanted me to teach them, and in her limited english the chinese teacher said “review, review”. Ok, so I was a little put out that nobody had bothered to tell me that I prepared a class and then couldn’t teach it and then had to pull something out at the last minute.
Then when I tried to teach I couldn’t get the class to settle down, for 20 minutes I said “be quiet, please open your books”, instead the class kicked, yelled and threw things at each other. Normally the chinese teacher would help out and ask them to be quiet and hit them with a big stick, yesterday - nothing. I was so frustrated that I almost walked out. I put my hands to my head and made a huffing noise. It took me an hour to review the alphabet - no kidding.
I called my agent after the class and said that I couldn’t teach the class unless something changed. But as I had made a commitment I would continue to teach.
Guess what happened today?? I’ve been fired from the school for showing emotion in class. I’ve been told they never want to see me again. Funny thing is they are going to get my flatmate for the private lesson this saturday that I was suppose to teach. I’m mostly relieved, but a little upset to be told i’m a bad teacher because I was frustrated they wouldn’t stop yelling.
Has this happened to anyone else?