Ahh, I'm doing public school elementary. I think I'd enjoy teaching in a hagwon more than public school, but I prefer my schedule/vacation time in public. I don't think I could handle more than 2 years here, though. I don't really enjoy "teaching." I'm a human tape recorder/game jockey. The hardest part of my job is dealing with my co-teachers.
I really haven't gotten around outside of Incheon/Seoul yet... not even sure what Muii-do is.
Went to Mokpo and Jeju for my summer vacation, but outside of that... I had a class trip to Ganghwa island? And I don't mind Line 1 because Dongincheon is on the rapid line. 10 minutes to get to Bupyeong, 45 minutes to Yongsan.
Yeah, I was in hagwons all the way. While I was in Suwon all of my friends were hagwon teachers but my boyfriend took a public school job when we moved to Seoul so then most of my friends there were public school teachers. Their hours and holidays are sooo much better. My hagwon in Seoul was one of "those" hagwons. You'd tell people you worked there and they'd be like, "Oh, sorry." Korean and foreign staff were not allowed to socialize or even interact much in the workplace. The office was even segregated. We sat facing the window with our backs to everyone!! I even heard one of the Korean teachers was assaulted by the VP not long after I left. They used a lot of intimidation tactics. They didn't mess much with me and I just kept my head down and didn't make a fuss so I was fine most of the time. My hagwon in Seoul was much better but other staff members did have some problems and the situation did deteriorate as business got worse and worse. I remained relatively unscathed the whole way through and the environment was much more open. At least my Korean co-workers didn't have to hide our friendship and you felt you could express your ideas, even if they'd only be accepted to an extent. My kids were angel-genius hybrids though. They totally made the bad hours worthwhile. One of my kindergarteners didn't even like speaking Korean!! One of my 3rd graders explained Eintein's theory of relativity to me in English in the first class I had with him (it was a nutshell explanation, but still!!) I could go on and on about them...but I won't. Needless to say I worshipped them and they worshipped me too.
I suppose most public school teachers don't have that because the classes aren't streamed and some kids don't go to a hagwon but some teachers luck out if they are placed in a specialized school or a school in a wealthy area. Then they get the best of both worlds. One of my friends was a high school teacher in Onsu. She had two big apartments. TWO! Her kids were very smart, well-behaved and driven and she could not have had more time off. She probably got double what the average public school teacher gets.
In what way are your co-teachers difficult to deal with? The main problem my friends encountered in public school was ALWAYS being told about things at the last minute, never being in the loop and people sometimes expecting them to know things they hadn't been told even though it was obvious they were NEVER told anything
Ever seen these vids? I love how she always calls the teachers "foreigner"
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There's also a REALLY good Hitler video - his vacation plans are ruined by the principal changing the dates at the last minute or something.
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