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    I was recently offered a job teaching English at a gov school. Not interested of course, but for any unemployed teflers out there with an empty fridge, the pay is 17.6k/pm, part time, hours/conditions not mentioned, and no immigration issues. Not sure who you would need to contact, probably City Hall.

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    cool story bro

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    Winding down for the extended winter break, unless there is a vaccination program here during the break I guess I will be online in 2021 for a bit. Some takeaways from this experience:

    Kids have been great, mostly well behaved and punctual with work. Parents have been totally decent with realistic expectations.

    Management have mostly been very supportive, so I am lucky in that sense. A lot of international schools here lost a lot of teachers due to COVID, nobody left or was booted prematurely where I work.

    A lot of work needs to be done to make these apps more secure. It is troubling that they take ownership of student work given that you can't expect a 7 year old to have a deep understanding of the legalities of that .

    Expecting parents to play the part of teacher after a day of work is one reason why this isn't really sustainable in the long term.

    Kids with SEN have regressed and it is hard to give them the individual support they need in the social and emotional sense and this is pretty frustrating for all involved.

    The whole thing is just a bit too clinical and throws the importance of learning social skills to the side.

    I wouldn't want to teach like this forever, until VR really makes some strides I don't think online learning is viable. There is also the issue of access to technology, while this is often fine for students in international schools here, it is another matter entirely for 99% of students. My Mongolian friends report that school simply hasn't happened for rural Mongolia this year for the youngest students.

    Learned a new skill: editing videos.

    For some reason teaching online makes everyday feel like it should be Friday without actually being Friday. Roll on the holiday, this year has been a real piece of work.

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    ^Sounds like quite the time. I totally agree with you that it isn't sustainable long term, especially for elementary students. Glad you learned something. I too have learned many tech things in a short amount of time. I also feel like it is a lot of work making assignments for google docs and marking online/assessing online.

    It is hard when you don't have parents that are supportive at home. I have maybe two parents that are supportive of their kids. I have two more weeks left till Xmas break, like you it'll be a much needed break. Many other teachers I talk to are having issues with the online learning in that the students aren't self motivated, and many don't do their assignments. Also, having problems with student attendance and lack of participation. I don't know what will happen next semester yet, but we may be going back to the school to teach mid-January if it is safe to do so. You made me laugh about the everyday should be a Friday thing.. lol.. a year unlike no other no doubt. Take Care

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    Schools in Thailand seem to be taking their sweet ass time to recruit this year. And it's not just me not getting contacted back, I've checked!

    Maybe waiting to see if the borders open before settling for old Armstrong already in Thailand?

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    I suppose there are some positives in all of this. I don't have to walk to work in this, for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    I suppose there are some positives in all of this. I don't have to walk to work in this, for example.

    Ugh . . . that's nasty . . . My brother is in a similar place at the moment. Max -12, min -22


    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    the big issue here in Mongolia is as it always has been; a nasty seasonal flu that hits the kids hard due to pollution, cold and normal sickness. Many kids here end up in hospital with pneumonia during the winter, so they are being extra cautious this year.
    I know it isn't similar but NZ has just come out of winter and the 'flu has been virtually unseen due to the previous 6-week lockdown - an advantage of not having been in circulation. Lief has been normal here for months now, since May and zip - nothing.
    No 'flu
    Less traffic = less pollution

    etc...

    Hope it turns out that way for you

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