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    OK...So now you got your shiny new job...

    Let the fun and games begin...

    Just got my class list today...no not my schedule or student list...just the list of classes I'll be teaching this term...

    Classes start Monday so why would they have the schedule and student lists ready?..don't be silly.

    Anyway...not a heavy load as I only have 3 subjects...but as usual they've doubled up classes...see why have 10 classes which requires paying a teacher for 30 hours when you can have 5 classes and only pay for 15?...What were you thinking?...

    So one might think they'd group students by year and major...well one would be wrong...

    I have a Speaking & Listening "class" with 2nd yr English Ed majors grouped with 4th yr Chinese majors...wtf?...

    Well you have to laugh at it...or go insane...

    Post your weirdness here...
    Last edited by Thaitanium; 19th May 2011 at 11:17.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaitanium View Post
    I have a Speaking & Listening "class" with 2nd yr English Ed majors grouped with 4th yr Chinese majors...wtf?..
    Creative grouping that.

    No weirdness, but looking forward to the holidays in June, uncouth starting the year in May, that's weird.

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    I actually miss having half of June, all of July, all of August and half of Sept for holidays...especially when they'd pay me for June, July and August in the middle of June and say see you in Sept...damn, I really miss that...

    it really helps you through the term knowing you've got a stack of cash and near 3 months to spend it...and a plane ticket with your name on it...
    Last edited by Thaitanium; 19th May 2011 at 19:45.

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    This has got the makings of a great thread.

    I remember when I had the job of scheduling about a dozen teachers and then out ot the blue, the school owner took a dislike to me and decided he should do it instead. He scheduled one teacher for five periods of soundlab every day and the poor guy had never been near the place. He didn't know the first button to press.

    Nothing surprises me with Thai management. Literally anything can happen.

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    That's Numberwang!
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    That reminds me...at my last Uni they put me in a 7th floor classroom with broken AC, 4 ceiling fans, one of which actually worked...and scheduled an afternoon class of 63 on the sunny side of the building in a classroom with 36 desks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaitanium View Post
    they put me in a 7th floor classroom
    Was there a lift?

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    2 of them and one even worked...once in a while...

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    Weird law in China that a building doesn't have to have an elevator if its under 8 stories high, so they built lots of schools with 7 floors
    Quote Originally Posted by Thaitanium View Post
    63 on the sunny side of the building in a classroom with 36 desks...
    Enough chairs though? Or was lap dancing involved?

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    Actually I went to ask if something could be done, but unusually was told nothing could be done......

    so I talked to the students and we agreed... I found 2 empty classrooms on the 1st floor at times that the students were free and split the class in two...sorted.

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    School started properly on the 18th, no registers, no books and the timetable seems to change every hour or so. On the first day I had to cover 3 periods with the same class unexpectedly and today my 2 HOUR computer class was refused entry to the computer lab for some reason or other. So we went to the library and they checked facebook there

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    Quote Originally Posted by po3try View Post
    and the timetable seems to change every hour or so.
    Oh yeah...I fully expect my list of classes to change at the very least 3 times within the next 2 weeks...I won't even regard the student lists until the 2 month of term and the schedule I'll likely receive the week after classes begin I won't feel secure about until the terms almost over...

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    Quote Originally Posted by po3try View Post
    School started properly on the 18th, no registers, no books and the timetable seems to change every hour or so.
    But the students aren't that stupid surely. They are witnesses to the whole sorry fiasco. Surely some of them must go home and during mealtime conversation, let it slip to their parents what a mess the school is in. And surely some of the more responsible parents must say "I'm going down that bloody school tomorrow to have a word"

    Or is just a case of no one cares?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Phil View Post
    But the students aren't that stupid surely. They are witnesses to the whole sorry fiasco. Surely some of them must go home and during mealtime conversation, let it slip to their parents what a mess the school is in. And surely some of the more responsible parents must say "I'm going down that bloody school tomorrow to have a word"

    Or is just a case of no one cares?
    TBH most of it doesn't reach them. I teach grade 3 homeroom so if I see a new kid I just ask them their name and introduce myself, It's still so early in the term that they don't know what the timetable is so they aren't expecting me at any particular time.

    I have a copy of the book that they will be using (apparently) so I'm just photocopying out of that so they know no better. Just more work for me really...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Phil View Post
    Or is just a case of no one cares?
    I don't know, Phil.

    See, I've had conversations along these lines so many times. It appears that mostly the parents will defer to the school in whatever madness and disorganisation they exhibit.

    For instance,you know those conversations where a western teacher puts a lot of stock by the fact that the kids 'love them' and that they are 'popular with the parents' or that the parents 'won't stand for that' if they are fired or whatever? From what I've seen it makes not a jot of difference.

    Just thinking out loud here, but it seems that those parents that can actually do anything about it - read, they have the money - are looking to the International schools. Some Thai private schools desperately try to play catch up and ape that model, but they fool nobody.

    I'm digging around for something Abhisit said in a speech a couple of years ago that better illustrates. BRB

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