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BringBackChef
December 20th, 2006, 09:21
I can tell this poll is going to be skewed because busy ALTs won't have time to respond, but I am doing it anyways.

wicket
December 20th, 2006, 09:29
Sorry, Chef, I misread it as "per week" and clicked on 7 or more. Don't know if you can edit it. When I started I had 3 classes a week at my base school and 3 on one day at my visit school. I didn't teach the 3rd grade classes at all. I invited the 3rd grade teachers to observe a 2nd grade class and now I teach 9 classes a week at my base school, which is much better. 12 a week is still low compared to back home, where I taught 23 a week, but the average Japanese teacher only teaches 15 periods a week!

dombay
December 20th, 2006, 09:32
Im full time at one school so i am almost always in a class.

However it's a very small school, only about 150 kids so that keeps me in the staffroom a fair bit too.

BringBackChef
December 20th, 2006, 09:34
Nope, it won't let me edit it.

az
December 20th, 2006, 09:51
I teach three classes a day on average, some days are one or two some days are four or five

psychohistoric
December 20th, 2006, 10:19
I'm the same as az. I have 17 a week, but some days I only have two classes, others I have five.

1440
December 20th, 2006, 10:39
I teach three classes a day on average, some days are one or two some days are four or five

Same here

jack_zuta
December 20th, 2006, 10:42
I teach a maximum of ten classes a week, including shougakkou. Classes get cancelled all the time. I don't know anyone who teaches fewer classes than me.

Ini
December 20th, 2006, 11:46
I average out at 2 a day. Depends on what school I go to. Best being the ones who hate ALTs with a burning passion so leave me alone all day. Worst is the JHS where I get stuck with captain spacker all day and have to teach him english, math, PE and any other subject they feel I'm vaguely qualified in.

jacqui
December 20th, 2006, 13:07
hrrrrm....

on some days i teach none and on fridays i teach 5.

if i calculate the average, iiiit's.... 2.4.

on a week with an event (like halloween, which the non-american teacher knows all about), it goes up to about 3.4. and some weeks i'll only see a class maybe 2 times.

i'll put "2-3" on the poll. :P

BringBackChef
December 20th, 2006, 13:23
So besides posting on this forum what do you do when you are not in class? Do they have other tasks for you?

az
December 20th, 2006, 13:26
No,

I study Kanji, grammar and bang my head against the wall, we also have a men's tatami room where I frequently have naps

Ini
December 20th, 2006, 13:28
I hide in the supply room watching dutch porn on my psp and drinking cheap vodka.

1263
December 20th, 2006, 13:41
at an academic school i have shit loads of marking to do, i also train students for university entrance exams sometimes, My students are super enthusiastic and study ALL the time so some of them keep journals (for fun!) in english and they ask me to look over those. I am at a really good school though so its probably a bit of exception.

All the ALTs that i know help write the tests, we have to record our voices for listening exercises. There's always something to do at my school - its often boring stuff, and everytime im posting on here i have a sky high pile of marking that im working my way through! fun fun fun!

There is also plenty of time when there is nothing to do and then i get really really bored!

jacqui
December 20th, 2006, 13:44
i spend 3 or 4 hours a day studying japanese.

i also do loads of marking, and prepare activities for the few lessons i have.

i have to prepare a lot for my visit school, so a lot of my time is spent looking for pictures, colouring pictures in, making flashcards, etc for those lessons.

otherwise... mucking around editing photos and reading books. :P

az
December 20th, 2006, 14:00
At my base school I do no marking , don't write any exams, and never record my voice for listening.

I do prepare lessons and activities but that takes like five minutes.

There is basically NEVER anything to do at my school- thus why I am doing my Masters next year.

jack_zuta
December 20th, 2006, 14:00
I was basically a workaholic prior to doing JET. Now I am expected to just chill the fuck out and..... I DON'T KNOW HOW!!!

1492
December 20th, 2006, 14:07
I read books/manga, listen to music, play on the internet, make new games and worksheets, and sometimes sneak up to the music room to play the piano.

I should probably dig up my japanese books..... so lazy

Ini
December 20th, 2006, 14:11
I also play the telephone game and plot the demise of the million cuddly toys that litter every staff room in this damn city.

1440
December 20th, 2006, 16:07
i spend 3 or 4 hours a day studying japanese.

i also do loads of marking, and prepare activities for the few lessons i have.

i have to prepare a lot for my visit school, so a lot of my time is spent looking for pictures, colouring pictures in, making flashcards, etc for those lessons.

otherwise... mucking around editing photos and reading books. :P

Ditto, all my energy is spent on my Tuesday school. Wish I read books though, might be better for me than sitting on the net all day. Then again of late I would find the most random topic and internet research it. Keeps me entertained for hours.

wicket
December 20th, 2006, 16:32
Although, as Az has pointed out, it's possible to plan a lesson in 5 minutes flat, I tend to spend ages on mine for want of something else to do. I do a lot of marking - even though I am at a low-academic school, I always set worksheets and a few students like to write journals etc. I have an "English board" that I'm always changing and adding to. Well, it started out as an English board, but now it's more of an Australia board and it has more Japanese on it than English - but at least the students are learning about Australian culture. At the moment (I have no classes until January 9th) I'm also studying Japanese for 1-2 hours a day. Any more than that and my head explodes. On slow days I check ITIL in the morning while I'm still in the main staffroom, before heading up to the English one, and again in the afternoon before heading home (must be about that time). I honestly haven't felt bored yet, although I do feel underutilised...

delafro
December 20th, 2006, 19:01
Does anyone else spend time checking the student's "B-Note"s? I don't know if other schools have them, but they are basically just English homework journals. Write a page of English a day, etc. It seems to depend on the teacher how much I end up doing. Anyway, mostly it's just vocabulary, and straight copying passages from the textbook, but sometimes there will be something interesting in there. Also, I have back-and-forth questions and answers with some of the students too, so that's nice.

kiwimusume
December 20th, 2006, 22:13
Does anyone else spend time checking the student's "B-Note"s? I don't know if other schools have them, but they are basically just English homework journals. Write a page of English a day, etc. It seems to depend on the teacher how much I end up doing. Anyway, mostly it's just vocabulary, and straight copying passages from the textbook, but sometimes there will be something interesting in there. Also, I have back-and-forth questions and answers with some of the students too, so that's nice.

Yup, I do the 2nenseis'. Mostly just words written again and again, but once they did diaries, which was more fun. The 3nenseis did that too a couple months ago, and there were two girls who I'm sure stuffed most of it through Babelfish or the like, 'cause most of it made so sense at all. Couldn't really be mad at them, though, 'cause I used to be the same in my first few years learning Japanese... :oops:

BringBackChef
December 21st, 2006, 02:15
JET has to be one of the greatest jobs in the world. Getting paid to sit around, and only teaching 3 or 4 hours a day. :)

dombay
December 21st, 2006, 06:34
毎日ノート? Hate the fuckers

Every students every day.

Excellently most of the third years don't bother

I doubt they learn anything from it anyway.

jacqui
December 21st, 2006, 08:58
JET has to be one of the greatest jobs in the world. Getting paid to sit around, and only teaching 3 or 4 hours a day. :)
if that's your bag, yes.

depends entirely on what kind of person you are.

i thrive on having way too much work to do, so i find other stuff to do, like planning trips, learning japanese til my brain falls out, editing photos, making random stuff for my noticeboard that i'm pretty sure no one ever reads, helping with the new okinawajet website, etc.

keeps me busy enough. i cannot handle being bored. my last job almost drove me to suicide because i worked for a guy who wouldn't really let me do anything but work, even though i had very very little work to do.

BringBackChef
December 21st, 2006, 09:10
JET has to be one of the greatest jobs in the world. Getting paid to sit around, and only teaching 3 or 4 hours a day. :)
if that's your bag, yes.

depends entirely on what kind of person you are.

i thrive on having way too much work to do, so i find other stuff to do, like planning trips, learning japanese til my brain falls out, editing photos, making random stuff for my noticeboard that i'm pretty sure no one ever reads, helping with the new okinawajet website, etc.

keeps me busy enough. i cannot handle being bored. my last job almost drove me to suicide because i worked for a guy who wouldn't really let me do anything but work, even though i had very very little work to do.

I am like you, I am always busy doing things that are not always work related. I never do only one thing at a time.

jack_zuta
December 21st, 2006, 09:57
JET has to be one of the greatest jobs in the world. Getting paid to sit around, and only teaching 3 or 4 hours a day. :)

I average less than two. I keep myself very busy during the rest of the time though.

But yeah, it's like free money almost.

1440
December 21st, 2006, 11:32
JET has to be one of the greatest jobs in the world. Getting paid to sit around, and only teaching 3 or 4 hours a day. :)

Actually I would rather be paid half the salary and actually feel like I am contributing something. Some days this is like a slow suicide. My last job in South Africa I was paid next to nothing but I was appreciated and given daily challenges.

az
December 21st, 2006, 11:36
Yeah at my last school I worked every class of the day, every day of the week and got paid nothing (I volunteered until leaving for Japan). I preferred that as I knew I was actually helping the students.

BringBackChef
December 21st, 2006, 12:11
Yeah at my last school I worked every class of the day, every day of the week and got paid nothing (I volunteered until leaving for Japan). I preferred that as I knew I was actually helping the students.


Well you can always quit and go back to volunteering, give the placement to someone who doesn’t mind getting paid to do nothing.
:D

az
December 21st, 2006, 12:13
I think of it as getting paid to learn Japanese

kiwimusume
December 21st, 2006, 12:25
I'm both. While I normally do 4 classes a day, I enjoy my weekly 2-classer, and any times like exams when my classes are cancelled. But I hate not having something to do. This can be directly job-related like marutsuke or working on my new English noticeboard (Jacqui, do you have any competitions on your noticeboard? That should give you an idea of how many people read it), semi-job related like doing Japgo translations for Team Taught Pizza, or related only by the fact that it involves japgo, like working on my jpop translation website. I'm not fussed as to which (they know if I'm doing something non-work related they can ask me to do marutsuke or something) but I hate not having anything to do.

dombay
December 21st, 2006, 12:46
Of course you're making a difference. It's silly to think that you're not

If you are speaking natural english to the students in class and only speak to them in English in the corridors and on the street then surely that's a lot more English they're being exposed to than if it was just the JTE. If im not in class i know that JTEs conduct their classes mostly in Japanese because speaking english makes them nervous.

And of course being paid to study is excellent too as Az says.

Ini
December 21st, 2006, 13:17
Its cheaper than keeping them in prison, which is where most the junkies and child molestors who end up on JET belong.

curstilace
December 21st, 2006, 15:57
I have 1 class on Monday, 2 or 3 on Tuesday, 3 each on Wednesday and Thursday, and 2 or 3 on Fridays. It`s a great schedule because in between classes I can:

a) nap. all of the other teachers nap, so i never feel guilty when i fall asleep.
b) watch movies and/or tv shows on my ipod.
c) go say hi to and chat with my kocho-senseis.
d) plan lessons/copy handouts/etc.
e) go out the front gate and have a smoke and a chat with the math and japanese teachers, and office guy

Fridays are particularly awesome because that is when I visit my other schools, and typically I don`t have to be in until 10:30, just before my 1st class, and I can leave at around 2 or 3, which is right after my last class.

tash_bert
January 10th, 2007, 13:48
Last month I had 3 trips to a classroom. I get to go for around 15mins each time. So I had 45mins of class time. That is acuatlly an increase of 15mins on the last month. Occasionally I get to plan something, then get the lesson taken away at the last moment. My job has become more of a joke with each passing year. Gone are the days when I was planning for 20 communicative lessons per week. But change in teaching staff means change in ALT role. I can`t wait for summer when I get to leave this job forever...

Hawaiiantime
January 11th, 2007, 14:09
It depends on which school, I'm at. High Academic=5 to 6 hours, Mid level=5 to 6 hours, Ghetto school=2 or 3 hours on somedays, 1 hour or none on others.

Doomer
January 11th, 2007, 14:24
I get between 2 and 4 classes a day...make with it what you will...