Apr. 19th, 2011 11:51 pm
saffiter: (Not HAPPY Jan! - Megatron)
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So, aparently I am

a) Disorganised in the classroom.
b) Treat my students like children.
c) Never have a lesson plan in the class.


Okay, a) I can sorta understand if they're looking at it from the last week or so. I was literally seeing double by the time Friday rolled around last week.

Also, how can I be organised when the head teacher throws his class at me (with literally a five minute warning) and tells me to teach them?! I have to teach mine and his and they're two completely different levels!

b)...WTF?! I have never, ever had that complaint leveled at me before. Not in China, not in Poland, and not at the other schools I've worked at in Australia.

Hell, the school I worked at in Cairns has said to me on countless occasions that they'd hire me back in a heartbeat if they had the work. The first DOS there had no problems with me, he liked my teaching style. The second DOS, same thing. Third, and current DOS..well, see previous comment about hiring back (and his office looked into my classroom. He could hear everything and never said anything).

Also, why hadn't any of them said anything to my face about this? I know of at least five students in the class who would quite happily tell me if I was doing something that was pissing them off.

And how do you explain the students who've begged to come back into my class after leaving for Nicholas's or Zac's?

c)... I call bullshit! There is always, always a notebook sitting on whatever desk I'm near in the classroom with a lesson plan on it. Ask to see my lesson plan and I'll hand it to you. It's got every lesson plan I've written this year in it!

Also, I am always at work an hour before class is due to start to plan for the day. I don't get paid for that hour, mind you, but I'm there planning. Just because I didn't have a weekly plan for this week. I've been told I need to do them, and I've been doing them since I was told, I just didn't do it on Friday last week because I was so.bloody.tired! My plan was to see what the relief teacher did on Monday with my class and factor it in when I did the weekly lesson plan this afternoon after classes.

Add those reasons with the fact that we were supposed to get a group of Japanese students on Monday and didn't, and you have one unemployed Sheena.

Yup, got told "We can't offer you any full time work as of today. We'd love to hire you back if work becomes available, and we really, really want to keep you on our emergency relief list!"

Um, *raises eyebrow* if I'm all those things, why do you want to keep me on those lists and re-hire me if the chance comes up?

(amusingly, I get a phonecall from them this afternoon asking if I could take over Zac's class on Thursday as he's taking time off)

Things that make me suspicious about all of this:

1) The last teacher that got let go had also just taken a day off for something. I had Monday off (my first day off since December, mind you). Next day I'm let go. (She was also female, more on that in a minute).

2) Some of the comments I've heard from teachers who've worked there before, and teachers in Australia itself...Holmes....has a bit of a dodgy reputation. One of the teachers actually described something very similar to what happened to me today happening to him.

3) Remember my comment about the last teacher who went was female?

Well, of a staff of roughly 20, the majority is male. There's the admin lady (who speaks the same language as some of the students...don't piss off the translator, it can only end badly). There's the School Director (who gets absolutely no repsect from any of the others when her back is turned) and there's one Bachelors teacher. The rest are all male.

I've spoken it over with a few people and they all agree with pretty much the same thing: I just got royally screwed over.

Sheena is currently rather pissed off.

Date: 2011-04-19 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

That sounds... well, I'd be pissed too. I know so little about the laws where you are at, is there somewhere you can complain about the possible discrimination? Or is there anything you can complain about at all? Grrrr.

Date: 2011-04-19 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Unfortunately, no. There isn't a union or anything like that and all the evidence at discrimination could really only be called circumstantial.

Of the last three teachers gone, all three, including myself, have been female...hell, even all their relief teachers are male now that I think about it.

I could just be reading something into it, but the dearth of females there has been commented on by quite a few people who've come to meet me after work.

With the other stuff they've been very, very careful. No names given, just "There's been some complaints"...and yet the body language I'm getting off my students doesn't read anything like what the boss was saying.

You know what really irritates me? My boss knew I was snowed under with Uni assignments (to the point he offered that Monday off to me so I could make a dent in my work). Did he call me on Monday and tell me all of this? Did I get any hints that there were any problems this morning when I came in (an hour early)? No, he waits until after work is finished to tell me that I'm not needed anymore...(and yet in the next breath tells me that they want to keep me on the books)

...I could've spent today doing assigments (instead of staying up until nearly 2am this evening to finish off a powerpoint).


Date: 2011-04-19 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Holy Shit! They just wanted you to bend over and take it.

(((((HUGS))))) I am so sorry. My first response was the same as quoth_the_ravyn, but then I read your response. Double damn.



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