headhonchoII wrote:How can you get an Arc with below legal minimum hours?
Man it sucks these days for teachers if even the big chains like Kojen can't give you enough work.
Kojen in Taipei might be a little different but when they talk about getting 2-4 hrs/wk it is at the beginning of the contract (1-2 months though) during what they call training. Their standard policy was to hire a new teacher if there were 8-10 hrs/wk available at one branch and then try to fill the remaining hours at a second branch or wait for a teacher leave. Due to their awful class scheduling this left you with a lot of 2 hr teaching days since it was impossible to teach a 5-7 and 7-9 class at two different branches.
What is awful about their class scheduling (from a teacher's POV)? Classes are held twice/wk but you only teach one of the classes while your co-teacher teaches the other. So to get 20 hrs/wk you need 10 different classes to work out perfectly in your schedule. Or you need to work Saturdays or a 2-4pm class if your branch offers it. For the first two months I worked Saturdays and still only had 10 hrs/wk. Next 6 months = 14-16 hrs/wk. Last 4 months = 20-22 hrs/wk.
I found their curriculum to be very good overall although it was a little rushed and very homework/test intensive. They like to play games but they are very interested on making progress also. Overall I was very impressed by how well the kids did at the advanced levels. All of my co-teachers were very good since they were hired and payed better than other schools where they aren't more than glorified HW graders. The downside was a mountain of homework to grade, relatively low hours and working Saturdays.