I had my first week of work at Osan Topia School. It was…interesting. I have two classes in the morning: Monkey class (students who have had 1 year of English already…they’re 6 or 7) and Koala class (students who know 0 English). I also have 1 class in the afternoon each day (Monday and Friday it’s a speech class for advanced students who are around 12 and Tuesdays and Thursdays I have a class who are the same age but know almost no English).
On Monday, the first day of school the little kids only had class from 9:30am-12:00pm. They were wild. All we really did that day was show them where the library, playroom, gym, and lunch room were and had them decorate cupcakes. It was exhausting and basically like herding cats…except they can talk and scream. Then in the afternoon from 4:30pm-5:20pm I had the advanced speech class and they were amazing and calm and I had a lot of fun teaching them.
Then, Tuesday and the rest of the week happened. The little kids were worse than Monday because 6 year-olds should not be in school from 9:30am-2:00pm. They don’t line up, they don’t listen, they run around like crazy, they don’t follow the rules, they don’t answer your questions (even though they know what you’re saying). It’s a good thing I only have a total of seven students because I couldn’t handle more than that. It was an exhausting day and after that I had class again at 3:30pm-4:20pm with older students who can’t really speak English. They were better behaved but it was more difficult than I thought it would be to get them to talk in class.
I’m not sure if I like my bosses either. I have one who is in charge of kindy (Anne) and one who is in charge of the actual school and the director (Jay). They don’t really explain things and then when you do something (like show the little kids a youtube video of the song “Let it go” from the movie Frozen [which they’re obsessed with] they pull you aside and tell you you shouldn’t do it. I’m hoping things will get better and less unorganized as everyone gets used to being in class, the directors get used to me, and I get used to teaching. As of now…this is an exhausting job and working 9.5 hours a day is very….difficult. But Steve is very supportive and always has dinner ready and waiting for me, which is fantastic! It’s also rewarding to be working a full time job and getting home and being tired and feeling like I did something with my day.