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WolvesMon wrote:Read the subbing forum. Some right jokers advertising @ less than 300 per hour Kindie subbing
evertonian wrote:Dude its getting worse ands worse by the sounds of things. Just went for an interview at a school--it was a giraffe school, one right next to taipei 101--was expected to do 18 hours of subbing for free as a "demo" process, expected to work 30 hours a week even though I was getting paid for 17, plus many other things. Check this - they expected me to do "make-up classes", that is, if a kid misses a class for what ever reason (another teacher there told me they miss class for ridiculous things like baseball and piano) then I would have been expected to do that class again for whoever missed it for FREE. If a kid got sick and missed 2 weeks of classes, thats 2 weeks of make-up classes I would have to do for free. They had a clock in clock out system, if I was one minute late (by late that means less than half an hour before class starts), Id be fined 100 dollars a minute. Breaking the contract incurred a 50,000 dollar fee. It was a fkn joke and I almost took it cause there are so few jobs out there at the moment. I dunno if anyone else is feeling the same way as me, but im telling you, the teaching game is getting harder by the day for foreigners. Avoid this place.
Dr Jellyfish wrote:Sorry... I watched the 'Hulk 2' a few days ago and have been waiting for the right opportunity to use that quote...
I've worked with a very angry and frustrated Taiwanese manageress before and can sympathise with anyone who has been subject to random bouts of abuse.
1.Here was my first conversation with the said manageress:
Me: Hi Kerry, can you tell me where the text book are please?
Kerry: Oh Teacher! I told you many times before, why you don't remember? Stop asking stupid questions!
2.Before I marked the kids exam papers:
Me: Could I please use your calculator so I can work out the grades?
Me: Erm... but if I can't use a calculator then I won't have the grades ready for class. (It was 45 mins before hand)
Kerry: Last teacher stole my calculator, you wanna use it then you sit there and use it! (Right next to her ~ )
Kerry: Why Junior don't know the past perfect!!!??? (this was blasted at me)
Me: Because he's only 6 and it's not even on the course syllabus!
There were many more (these were just some of the shorter examples). The strange this was that whenever I complained about her to the western management, I always came out worse!? More senior teachers suggested that I just pretend that nothing happened... Actually, one Australian teacher had a really novel way of dealing with her, he just repeated the last few words of what she just said while smiling and nodding his head in contemplation ~ it seemed to work.
MilkTeaJack wrote:What's with people still posting the buxiban.com link? I don't get it. Its been dead for years so how is it that random people join the Flob and then post that link? Anyone here know?
angelmae3995 wrote:MilkTeaJack wrote:What's with people still posting the buxiban.com link? I don't get it. Its been dead for years so how is it that random people join the Flob and then post that link? Anyone here know?
Because we are reading the whole thread and come across it... some decide to ask. I ignored.. hahaha
egulotty wrote:SandaGuy wrote:I just quit this new cram school called I-Kids in Taipei, without notice.
I am very curious about your situation because I was considering taking the position you had. But the ad I responded to was for a substitute for three months from early June until September. I already had another contract, so I couldn't do the whole three months. Here are my questions:
1) What happened to the Native speaker that I was to sub for? He's the one I actually interviewed with. Did he wind up leaving? He was the one who was coming up with the curriculum. I also met one of the Chinese teachers. She was the co-teacher of the NST that I interviewed with. This was supposed to be an anqinban as well as an English school. The hours were to be from 1:30 to 7:00. I was told there was only going to be one teacher to start, and that I was it. Since the majority of the communication was to be in Chinese, I wasn't expected to do office hours either. What were you told?
2) The school was poaching students and teachers from another school. My understanding was the owner had in fact just recently resigned from the school he was poaching kids from. The total number of students I was told I was going to teach was around 30. I was actually given a schedule of the classes I was to teach. I was always going to be hourly. Why did you agree to a salary? Did they offer you something else?
3) Were they sponsoring you or was your other job sponsoring you?
I am not trying to be difficult, but something drastically changed between the time I rejected the offer and you starting. At the time I spoke with the owner he told me he was the only one in charge. This was his dream to have his own school. Interestingly, Kindergarten classes were never mentioned either. I didn't know anything about extra buxiban classes because I was only concerned with the three months I was there, and there weren't going to be any-- or so I was told.
Finally, the NST I spoke with and the Chinese teacher I spoke with both said they had a good working relationship going back a few years with the owner. He was an area director(or whatever the title for manager of managers of several branches is) for whatever school they all worked at.
Having been put through the ringer at a different chain school, I was wary of all buxibans. After speaking with everyone, I actually thought this one might be different. What surprised me most was that you never mentioned any other Westerner at I-kids. I now wonder if the whole thing was a big lie.
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