As I am going through this process of leaving my school there are moments when I feel like I am enjoying working at my current place. So I would feel at times a little regret for having been kicked out.
Yet this all came to a halt when we had a meeting last Thursday. It was our day off (for reasons I don't know) and we were meant to come in for a meeting and decorate the place for Halloween.
At the meeting I sat around and watched as it unfolded. It turns out the school is implementing new testing for the students. This is actually a good thing because the test up to now have been really simple and not that serious. The new tests are a complete overhaul. The way you administer it is by taking the kids one by one into the hallway, have them sit down and listen to a CD, then they give their answer. It consists of 4 parts and is broken up between the foreign and Korean teachers.
It was like a bomb had gone off. The Korean teachers pointed out how the new tests don't exactly correlate with the text books, which means that they are going to have to spend extra time teaching the children how to take the test. But there is virtually no time. We get 45 minutes for each class, most of which is spent checking homework or their workbook. They now have to squeeze in more material. Also the Korean teachers complained that the parents are going to be upset because obviously their children are going to fail the test, since it is harder.
As I listened and watch everyone sigh in disappointment, I could only feel a sense of relief at leaving. The meeting made it apparent to me that this place still doesn't have its act together. They should have known that if they were going to introduce new testing that it would affect the lesson plans.
Oh well! I am now grateful for leaving at the end of the month. For my next workplace I know it may or may not be well organized, but I think I will have the skills to approach it.