Starting from last week, I’ve started working as a part-time assistant teacher for a private school on the weekends. The school is quite near my home so I don’t have to get up early to get to school. I usually wake up around 6:30 – 7:00 a.m and leave home around 8:00 a.m. So far, my father has been driving me to work so I can leave at 8:15 and get there in 5 minutes.
Compared to my previous work, I feel more relaxed here. Since I’m an assistant, I’m not required to teach, but I have to assist the teacher by controlling the class (which I’m still doing badly at the moment). It’s better to be in the second position and learn from the expert instead of having to suddenly teach 20 kids without any single experience. I don’t have to babysit the students during recess or while they are in the computer room. I don’t have to wait in front of the school for the students to arrive. I can go into the classroom immediately and leave together with them right after 4pm. I really hate having to welcome the students by opening the car doors for them. I mean, I’m a teacher, okay assistant teacher, but I’m not their servant.
I’m handling students who are mostly around the age of seven so who knows, maybe some day, I might be singing nursey rhymes along with the kids and even en-acting along with the lyrics, but so far just the very thought gives me goosebumps.
I wonder how much I’ll get for my salary. Call me stupid, but I forgot to discuss about it during my interview. I know that it will be low, but will I even get the figure I’ve written down for expected salary? I very much doubt it. Even if my salary is low, I’ll still be working because I need the experience. I don’t want to graduate with a master degree without having any teaching experiences at a school.