So using the email list that the city government gave to us around March I sent out a survey to see if I could get the opinion and details of other Elementary school teachers.
The responses have been thin so far but still worth noting.
Here for you will be the questions I asked on the survey and an anonymous listing of the responses I received.
- How many regular classes do you teach? (These are the ones that go by the standard curriculum, usually taught in the morning)
- How many after school or special classes do you teach?
- How much time are you given to plan everything? Do you feel it is enough time?
- How did you first communicate with your coteacher? Were they open or close minded about your ideas?
- What percentage do you feel you teach in the classroom when you are coteaching with your coteacher? (I was suppose to do 80% as my coteacher finally told me)
- What is your style of teaching?
- How did you figure out your style of teaching?
- Class management: Who does it you or the coteacher or both? How successful has it been?
- Do you receive helpful criticism or critiquing for your teaching style?
- Any advice or story you can tell that you think would be important to future teachers.
1. 22Response #2:
3. i believe so, but i just got them off my butt so i can do things myself.
4.i let them play boss and when one wanted me to do more the other was a controll freak, i then declared that this semester was mine, and i was doing the lesson plans and if there were things they wanted to put in there , that was fine, but they had to give me a little notice. Over all my main co teacher is still boss.
5. 50-50 - 80-20
6. old school, I think power point is a flashy ploy that wastes time and the kids stare at screens enough in their life. I follow a modified city syllibus, some songs, old school or self invented games. board work consisting of repitision and some note taking.
7. i did a little in the US. If they work with me, i do more things they like if they work against me i get more authoritan. I dont bribe or deal and nor do I pretend I am Barney.
I just always try to take it from their point of view and see what i can do with in reason. It is school not romper room.
8.Both, both my teachers are pretty fluent. One is in grad school the other has been teaching for a while.
9.yes, i talk too fast, some time too big words, useing more present tense in my questions. There have been some pointless and incorrect ball breaking as well. But we are helpful to eachother.
10. At first, they are always right, just go with the flow, but once they start contradictiing themselves you take a stance at one point or another. There are small things that you think you may but you dont. I have heard people who have done esl for three or four years and do things...differently. I only subed for two or so years, but different schools, subjects, age levels, economic area, and had picked a lot of brains and observed alot. Because of that i know some things even my co teachers should but dont. At the same time I know I am not a edu major, and even though I have experienced myself the sublties of the classroom. I will still take the position of someone who has never taught before that has a non education degree. I keep a open mind when any teachers talk about their experiences. Knowing that you do not know is a great thing to......know.
I think you would be more successful if you asked people that you know these questions in person.Response #3:
I teach 21 regular classes a week. I teach four special classes a week. I basically plan evrything out whilst not in class. I generally have plenty of time. My co-teacher is very receptive to any new ideas but can change the direction that any class is going in on a whim. Sometimes frustrating but not all that bad.As you can see it is truly random as to what ends up happening at each school. I sent this out to about 20 teachers and so far just 3 responses have come in. I am hopeful more will respond but I can understand if some people don't want to spend their time on this.
In reality, the teaching should be 50/50 but my co-teacher isn't even in the classroom for a good majority of the time (she's insanely busy with daft paperwork), so there is no easy answer there. I always start each class with an English song, use a little bit of the book, use plenty of group activities and play lots of games. I figured out my style of teaching through trial and error.
Class management has not been easy. My co-teacher has gotten a bit too strict for my liking but then again, she isn't in the classroom most of the time. So, I basically banish an unruly student to a corner, with her/his arms up, if she/he is continually messing. It's had mixed results.
My co-teacher gives mostly positive feedback and rarely criticizes me. That's nice. The main thing that future teachers have to remember is that you have to be extremely patient and understand that you co-teaching with somebody with a totally different mindset.
As for you dear readers if you are a public Elementary school teacher in Korea I would love to hear your responses.
Edit: If you are a public school teacher in GENERAL and in Korea then please volunteer your knowledge!
Job Hunt Update: Nothing to talk about just yet. I have a phone call with a recruiter this afternoon, which I am kind of nervous about because it was asked for all of a sudden. Basically I asked the recruiter some questions (in regards to the recent SMOE firings) and their response was "Let's talk on the phone." So I hope I won't be chewed out or something. All in all I think it is still too early because I am getting the impression schools don't scout for a new teacher until the month before. We will see!~