Oh how I wanted to do a Korea Blog like all the others out there…
But, in all seriousness…I just couldn’t.
Though you may read this a lot, I am just underpaid for the amount of work I do. Well, all the teachers in my younger division are.
Normally this wouldn’t be that much of a problem.
I mean, there is a lot of work that I have to do even if I were a teacher back home. A lot of extra time that isn’t really clocked.
That isn’t the case here.
Being paid merely for teaching hours, can be brutal.
In addition, the other section doesn’t seem to understand the amount of work that we do.
As someone who splits her time evenly between the two sections, I can speak for both. I get that each has their own difficulties. More behvioural issues with the older, whereas there is more detail common sense situations in the younger.
So, I really hated hearing..”I would rather do ____ cause it is sooooo easy.”
Please. Please do my job for a week, and let us see how you turn out.
The reason I cannot sleep tonight…
is because a change is upon me.
After a month, I shall be promoted to a position. Usually this would mean something completely different in the bigger chain. However, it just means more hours added to what I am doing.
The thing is, I was excited to be offered it.
Why? Especially when I knew I had to work more hours.
The fact is, in the last 6 months, the direction of things had taken a turn for the worse. The previous holder of the position, failed to maintain the duties of their job.
As such, the Principal has been kept in the dark about the issues that have gone on within.
The previous holder, has received all this extra money…just to glorify themselves, rather than work for the greater good.
I get that not everyone can, or should want to work for the greater good.
I also get that not everyone sees this as a profession.
But the disrespect was something that was difficult to swallow.
Why didn’t I mention this sooner to the higher ups?
I did when I had an issue that the previous holder. I called them out on their BS “job”.
I then pulled our Principal out for coffee at a coffee store, and had to turn everything out.
I reassured him that this wasn’t because I wanted the job, rather that I would rather the party be held accountable for the position that they were supposed to have been doing. To settle my frustrations, I was told that one person was already being cultivated to replace the individual when they left.
Fast forward to now.
The other new party still needs time to adjust. As such, I am the best option at the moment.
Which is why I accepted the position.
Failing to remember to negotiate a proper increase in pay to cover the additional work I would be doing with the new responsibilities. My friend already worries about me -____-
I spent some time researching, but failed to come up with a salary range for the position OTL
But, I want the students to benefit from the place as much as we can offer to them. At the rate that we are going right now, there is not much we can offer them…if we factor in the issues caused by others.
So, I need to overhaul the system. Rather, I need to restore it back to what is was 6 months before.
Yes, this place might be in the money making business…but as long as I am there, I am putting my students first. I won’t disrespect my students by bribing them/buying their love. I won’t strive for the superficial ratings. I would rather build a firm ground, where they can understand that I am working for them as a student. Not them, as a money maker.
We will see how things go.
For now, I just need to hang in for 4 more weeks, 3 if you include the fact that I will be back in Toronto for a week.
Prayers, or any other experience/guidance is always welcome :)