His students are my students too. We are to teach the same lessons. The idea is that the students get used to different accents/styles etc.
Same course, same materials. It was decided to share the lesson planning 50/50......but.....
Trust me, its not about 'understanding thailand more', it's pure bone idol laziness.
If the key to understanding thailand is GTA and facebook then i'll pack my bags
Thanks for advice guys!!!
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In all seriousness though... Maybe not about understanding Thailand more, but maybe understanding the way schools work here??? If admin demand something ridiculous like sharing lesson plans, the best thing would be to smile, say ok, and then carry on as you were.
Get paid peanuts...
Perhaps you can agree that you prepare for alternate weeks (or every 2 weeks) and make a schedule.
You both sign it, and then you pass it by your boss.
When it's his time for lesson plans...and he doesn't come up with them (or they are complete shit) then you bring it to the attention of your boss and tell them you expect them to deal with it.
Should get things shaking in the right direction...
Have either of you taught before? Lesson plans are over-rated - what they should really be are short hand, memory aids if you are likely to forget what you are doing, but with 15 minute classes that shouldn't be a problem. Thai schools use lesson plans as a way to make sure you are busy, though they will most probably never be read, and if they are they most probably won't be considered as good or bad.
and worksheets are very much over-rated. My school tries to insist on regular worksheets, as something to show the parents, but I'd rather show the parents that their kid is starting to speak English, rather than they fill some stuff out with the help of their friends
How does he get on with the students? I've worked in several government schools. At the end of every term, students are given the opportunity to make a report on each falang teacher. They are asked to grade and comment on things like; Preparation of lessons, punctuality, helpfulness, politeness, and some others I can't remember. This report then gets passed on to the head of department.
Keep them happy, and you stay. Upset them, and you're out the door.
I would suggest, if it's his first term at the school, it could be his last.
It wasn't me............I wasn't even there.
I agree, can't u divide the work like "i'll do unit 1 you'll do unit 2" or "I'll do the reading part, u'll do the grammar" like he will have to make his own lesson plans and worksheets and in the end he will be the one who will have to answer the tough questions.
Try to get out of this situation and get your own classroom.
What's that about "personal hygiene"? An indication of some mental problems? The state of my apartment is like a mirror...
A sneaky way to get the job done (if you think necessary) is to approach the boss with the idea first, get him to endorse it, and then take it to your co-worker.
Then you create the schedule with your co-worker, both sign it, and hand a duplicate back into your boss.
If your co-worker refuses to make the schedule...they are then refusing your boss, not you.
And, as we discussed, if they they mess up (i.e. no lesson plans or shit ones)...they again have to answer to the boss.
Hell, you're just facilitating; your co-worker should thank you...
Always happy to help.Thanks for the input again, gives me an idea of how to handle it and what to expect
Be sure to let us know how it works out.
ps. If you want to stab your co-worker you can also offer your boss to observe your teaching sometime...to help you become a better teacher of course. The boss might then "get" the idea to do the same to your co-worker...
You are like the fool at the assembly line working faster so they turn the speed up a notch for all the workers at the corporate factory! Why work so hard for so little pay?
haha...What makes you think I work so hard?
I work in a private thai school & teach 18 hrs a week....it's not exactly a cotton mill of the 19th century.
I do what is expected of me,
To teach and prepare lessons for 'bpaw nueng'
To respect the school, staff, students, equipment etc etc etc
....This is not 'hard'
Nothing like fence-sitting on a slow day.
The fact that it took about 40 posts to understand what is going on makes me think the problem may not be your lazy co-worker.
One class, two farang teachers, 15 students each, same course, same teacher, worksheets that are shared but are prepared individually, you do your job, he doesn't?
A bit more explanation in the beginning would have won you some more sympathetic posts.
I wonder what your "partner" has to say about you...
Could you expand on the lack of personal hygiene?