So what exactly are the responsibilities of a Taiwan teacher? My mother has been a teacher for my who life, so I know the amount of work and dedication a “real” teacher needs. But that kind of dedication just doesn’t seem to fly here.
I just want to know what you guys think. I feel like here, my job should consist of me coming to class on time, presenting the material given to me in the best fashion possible and going home (a very general description). This really boils down to some gripes I have about my currrent school, so I’ll get to those.
When told one of my students parents were upset that their kid didn’t know how to say “police officer” (and some other vocabulary). My response to my director was “What ever you give me to teach, I’ll teach” and she said something like it’s my job to come up with material for class. I disagree.
The second gripe I have is writing a weekly teaching plan that describes what I’m teaching for the week. If the curriculum was good, I could base it off of that, but since it sucks, it a real pain trying to come up with stuff every week (plus I don’t think it’s my job to do it). I’m sure I have more gripes, but those are the ones that bother me most (right now ). I’m I being difficult about situations like this, or are my feelings correct in that those are not my responsibilities as a teacher here.
This is/was my first job here and I’ve now learned that first and formost is keeping your management happy, not teaching. But I feel bad saying that, I think I’ve gotten pretty good at the “teaching” part (and the school recognizes that), but the meaningless paper work pisses me off.
I feel that I may be turning into one of those foreign teachers people don’t like because he thinks he’s the chronic (bomb, really good, etc.) I don’t want that to happen. I just want to understand when a school is crossing a line as far as what it asks me to do. I know it boils down to keeping them happy enough not to fire you (which I happen to be good at), but that too feels like a suck attitude to have about my place of employment.
I’ve been posting and reading here for a while and I feel the general answer is to just do what they say, but I have a problem doing dumb things (well things I think are dumb anyway). [See, there’s that smart ass newbie attitude again] I just want to be a good teacher. I think what it means to be a good teacher here is just presenting material, not making it.
My mom is what I would call a “real” teacher. She has to make her own lesson plans, grade papers, make tests, etc. But she gets to choose a book to use, her pay is nicer, people respect her ideas, she works at a school that isn’t in the business of making money, etc. She has her complaints too (many).
Maybe it’s just hard being a teacher, no matter where you go.
Thanks for leanding your ear (eye).