I have to admit that the above picture has nothing to do with what I am going to post about. The picture is of one of my elementary school teacher’s bags and I thought it was adorable.
Anyway, onto my awesome news
The new boss finally gave us ALTs our school assignments for the new school year. I am super excited to announce that I will be keeping my two elementary schools!
The bad news is that my request for only elementary schools was once again denied (but I do not blame the new boss for that). I have been assigned to a new Jr. high school that is about 6.6 km away from my apartment. I looked up the route and asked one of my co-workers who works at the elementary school next to the Jr. high and it seems, for the most part, to be pretty straight forward. I am going to try to bike the route this weekend to make sure that I do not get totally lost on my way out there Monday morning. I don’t know what time I need to be at the school, but I am thinking about calling the school tomorrow or Friday to talk to the school’s principle or vice principle.
I have gone to the school’s website to see what sort of information was provided…and there isn’t a lot. I know that the entire student body is around 130 students between the first, second, and third graders. I also know the school only has 4 clubs available” baseball, ping pong, track & field, and culture. Other than that…I know nothing. I am not even sure what time I am supposed to be at the school. It is going to take between 30 – 40 minutes to get there…so I am hoping for a little later start time than my other schools. We are always asked to be there by 8:15…but we are never used until 9:00 ish. I guess the Board of Education feels that we really need to be a part of the morning meetings?
Anyway, my co-worker who works at the elementary school told me that the Jr. high goes through ALTs like tissues. This is not because the school is bad, but they have never had a non-company ALT. Working for an eikawa company or a dispatch company in Japan can be a horrible thing. I won’t go into too many details, but you can check out a link my co-worker sent me about some of the scams revolving around ALTs.
I do not have high hopes in terms of working at any Jr. high school as I was severally sexually harassed by students at one and then treated like a child’s tape recorder by a teacher at the other, but I will try to keep a positive attitude while I am biking out there and during the first week or so.
Guess we will all see how things go down starting Monday.