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My EPIK timetable

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Dec 18 2011

Prospective EPIK teachers might be interested to see what an example work schedule looks like. This is my timetable for this semester. Yours will be different.

All EPIK teachers are contracted to work 22 hours per week. It so happens that at my school, there are 6 fifth grade classes and 5 sixth grade classes. I see each of these classes two times a week. (2 x 5)+(2 x 6)=22 hours – so my timetable is quite orderly.

Some notes and explanations:

An elementary school hour is considered to be 40 minutes; there is a ten minute break between classes. a middle school hour is 45 minutes, and a high school hour is 50.

Generally it seems that middle school schedules are a bit more random. Jimmy at Strange Lands blog has posted an example middle school timetable.

As you can see, on Mondays and Wednesdays I teach an after school class. This is for advanced third and fourth graders. As it is in addition to my contracted 22 hours of teaching, I am paid overtime. This class starts at the strange time of 1.30. This was a compromise. I wanted to do it at 1.50, so I would have a period after lunch to do any necessary last minute preparations, but my co-teacher was worried that the munchkins would go marauding about the school, causing trouble (as indeed they would do). 1.30 was a compromise.

Put into words, my standard routine is to get to school, spend the first period reviewing the lesson/s I am about to teach, drinking coffee and waking up. I then teach straight through to lunch, and usually for one period after lunch. In the afternoons I lesson plan, plus any of the other activities that randomly come up: teaching classes which I couldn’t teach at my regular times because of peculiarities of the fifth grade home room teachers’ schedules, recording audio tests, helping my co-teachers with anything they may need help with. There is a lot of randomness in a Korean school schedule, and it is very rare that my week would go exactly according to the timetable.

There is sometimes some time left over when there is nothing to do, during which I will either bum around on the internet, or go to the English room and study my Korean. I always make sure to do all my work first, so nobody minds this. Quite frequently there will be a day when there are no classes, due to tests, school trips, or the like. On these days, see above; it is a chance to catch up on work, though usually by the afternoon all the teachers are caught up and people start doing random things like going off to the gym to play ping-pong.

Usually on Fridays at around 4 o’clock the teachers in my room will order some food and we will have some Korean-style bonding time. It’s a nice ritual.

For the most part it’s a pleasant routine, not too arduous, and it’s quite easy to get into the rhythm of the week, which tends to pass with remarkable speed.

My schedule for next semester will certainly be different; I’ll post that, too, when I know it.

Waegukin wrote these 523 words on December 18th, 2011 | Posted in Teaching |


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