It should have been an easy day today, since we were doing midterm exams. Instead I did five oral exams before noon, three oral exams in the afternoon, and edited a 52-slide PowerPoint presentation that my “dear” assistant gave me for our 4 pm class. And I STILL have to grade two classes’ essays from today, and will have two more tomorrow, AND I have to finish prepping my primary class’s oral exam for tomorrow.
If I were a teacher in the US, I would be doing a LOT more than this, on a regular basis. I would also have meetings, parent-teacher conferences, and who the f**** knows what else.
I am SO glad I never became a teacher in the US. As tired as I am, at least everything I did (and still have to do, damn it) has to do with teaching directly, not some bureaucratic nonsense. (Okay, I do have to kowtow to the Chinese English Grammar Police [more about that in a future post], but that’s just mildly irritating, not tear-out-your-hair-and-cry frustrating). That’s the reason I never tried to be a teacher in the US – I would lose my friggin’ mind.
US teachers, I salute you. If I had to do this every day, and more, I would be crabby, too.