Last time CPIS failed to pay us I went on what ended up being 6 days of “psuedo-strike.” My coworkers and I had resolved that for as long as they were holding our paychecks hostage our “normal teaching” would halt. It was an enjoyable time for my students since that meant we did minimal work and watched plenty of videos.
We’ve been continuing that schedule for most of January. The shocking part is that the administration either is completely blind to it or doesn’t care. After all we’re still talking in English and showing English speaking movies (unless its Wall-E). This month I added to my striking by declaring that I would not do weekly or monthly parent comments until we are paid.
Well, today is when they are all due. I walked into the teacher’s room to find my Korean co-teacher and a number of other Koreans including my principal.
“Mike Teacher, you know last week the parents did not get comments.” Mary mentioned.
“Yes, I know.” I responded loudly. I wasn’t hiding anything and had even told them my plans 2 weeks prior. “I told [director] and [principal in our whole school meeting two weeks ago that I would not send comments or complete any extra responsibilities until we are paid. I will be in my room as a native English speaker but until we are compensated all that the school will get is my presence.”
Nothing else was said and I went back to my room. The last few weeks I am finding that my fuse has become shorter and shorter. Ordinary student issues become a big problem and I have no patience for my administration, let alone a wise-ass student. In some ways I think its good for them because I crack down more on negative behaviors. Take yesterday for instance, I had some students fooling around and roughhousing. They got immediate time outs which subsequently brought a waterfall of tears. A few minutes later they were calm and had stopped pushing, shoving and putting each other in headlocks. Continue reading