When to an EPIK conference in Gyeongju yesterday. For the first time ever all the Pohang EPIK teachers were gather in one place and it was really nice to see people that I have not met in quite awhile.
I learned a lot of the conference and was pleasantly surprised by what I was expecting to be a complete dog and pony show. The theme was co-teaching and the speakers and coordinators had a sincere interest in improving our experiences at work.
All of this conference business about Co-teaching made what transpired today almost comical. By almost, I mean that if I was not busy foaming at the mouth in frustration it would be funny. Lets see if we can make this brief.
This morning I come in and was told that I will be "helping out" another teacher with a demonstration class. This class will be preformed for teachers from around the district and the supervisors. I say preformed because "demostration" classes in Korea are hardly real classes and are instead carefully planned and orchestrated dog and pony shows.
But at Changpo they are not planned so well that the Foriegn teacher have a clue that they are even happening. Ok, lets pause for a second and let me explain some back ground here.
I have been trying to raise my profile here in Korea on the city, state, and national level through networking, working on projects, AND TRYING TO GET A CHANCE TO DEMOSTRATE A GOOD CLASS IN FRONT OF PEOPLE THAT MATTER!! People like the supervisors. So when I hear that I was being thrusted into a half cocked sham for the viewing pleasure of half the district, I was not pleased to say the least
In the end, I did nearly all the speaking and brought all the energy into would would have been a bland class about Mother Teresa. While this Korean teacher did make the lesson plan and materials, guess who gets all the credit... I can certainly tell you who is not getting the credit....
Despite the adversity I did a DAMNED good job, because I am a DAMNED good teacher god damn it!!!!
You know I really like my job and the vast majority of my coworkers but everyone and awhile something like this happens that reminds me that me being here is little more than a novelty to some people...
EDITI wrote this on the 4th. Since then said coworker has apologized and I calmed down quite a lot. Needless to say I was fuming when I wrote this.EDIT