Okay, I get that there are cultural differences. I’m cool with that. And I get that there is a language barrier. I’m cool with that too.
What is not cool is taking all the western teachers aside on Tuesday, and informing us that we need to make the middle school classes more entertaining (because the parents have been saying they are too boring!) tell us we need to discipline our students better, and generally be more confident. On the surface, these all seem like reasonable demands. Let us go into why they ARE NOT at all.
1) The text book has 12 units, and I have to finish it by the time the semester ends. The semester is 12 weeks. One unit a week, right? Except no one informed me until a DAY before they all left that my middle school students would be gone for THREE weeks. And that my students wouldn’t all be back until the 5th week! So now I am 3 units behind, with about half of my class playing catch up and the rest still not anywhere close to caught up.
2) The students do not listen to me. The students do not respond to me. I can not make a class entertaining if the the little hellions do not even respond. I am speaking a language they do not understand, I can NOT make it entertaining. In addition, because of number 1, I have no time to make it interesting. At all. I can’t.
3) No one informed me this was a problem until three weeks after it had become a problem. Way to let me fix the problem guys.
4) Our classes get randomly reassigned for no apparent reason. Seriously. Next week I fully expect to have another classe of students I have never seen before. How can I build a rapport and teach these kids if I only have them for two classes then they disappear?