Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Teaching English in Korea: Schedule changes

Though nothing major, I'm writing another quick update mostly to show future EPIK/GEPIK teachers how things can change from day to day.

So when I posted yesterday, this is the schedule I had from my 4th/6th co-teacher.  Periods are in parenthesis, and the class is to the right (4-3 means fourth grade, class 3).

Thursday 2/6
(1) 4-2
(2) 4-1
(3) 4-3
(4) 4-4

Friday 2/7
(1) 6-1
(2) 6-2
(3) 6-3
(4) 6-4

Monday 2/10
(1) 6-1
(2)
(3) 6-3
(4)

Point being that we would have all fourth graders on Thursday, all sixth graders on Friday, and sixth graders next Monday.  So yesterday I planned the fourth grade lesson and had an idea for Friday's sixth grade lesson.

Today my co-teacher told me that one of the sixth grade teachers was going to attend their child's graduation, so some class swapping happened and this was the new schedule:

Thursday 2/6
(1) 4-2
(2) 4-1
(3) 6-3
(4) 6-3

Friday 2/7
(1) 6-1
(2) 6-2
(3) 4-3
(4) 6-4

Monday 2/10
(1) 6-1
(2)
(3) 4-4
(4)

Which means that tomorrow we'll have two fourth grade classes, and then the same sixth grade class for two periods in a row.  So essentially I'd need double the amount of material for that sixth grade class (Friday and Monday's lessons).  I got to work and finished all preparations today, but on another day or in another school there might not always enough time, nor is everyone's co-teacher in the province as good about communicating schedule changes as I think my 4th/6th co-teacher is.  So it's good to be prepared and plan ahead as much as you can, or at the very least have a spare lesson on hand for each grade.  (Do as I say, not as I do. ^^  Actually, that's something I'll work on during spring break: making a non-textbook lesson for each grade, just in case.)
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