tomthorne wrote:The market dictates what people get paid and preparation time is, unofficially, factored into the hourly rate. If we were worth more then we would get more. Unfortunately, the students often suffer as a result of this because teachers feel they have been mislead and are being used.
The thing is that I do my preparations. I even mopped the floor and cleaned the rat shit, yes! rat shit in my previous job. I feel sorry for the kids when they end up in a run down sucker business like that.
I feel more sorry for the kids than for myself.
I bought a bucket, a mob cleaning soap, whiteboard markers, toys and props. I used my home printer so I could get the students without a book some nice color pages.
All this, only to find out that they were taking money, about 3000NT$ out of my pay check month by month.
Long story short I quit.
I still prepare and use my own markers and print color pages for the kids. But, I really can't stand the attitude I am getting here.
E04teacherlin wrote:OK. Let me give another analogy.
If you hire a magician for your kids birthday party, he charges per hour or per show. He doesn't charge you for the time it took to practice and learn his skill, nor does he charge you for the time it took to put his props in order, write down and memorize the order in which he was going to perform the tricks, ensure that he has everything he needs and think about the words he was going to say to build suspense and create humor.
Magicians are also hourly paid professionals. They are worth what they get paid per hour. There are many good buxibans and buxiban teachers who are in the same boat. Unfortunately there are many "clowns" here who pitch up to work with either no props or their props are in a mess and then they bitch because the employer refuses to pay for the time it takes to put on the make-up.
Love how clowns just fit in there
Let me give you some metaphor.
'You expect some clown to show up at your party and that is exactly what's going to happen.'