I recently found out that I had to do four Spring schools on top of my regular schedule. These are basically a special two hour class for kids which the parents may or may not use as an excuse to get them out of their hair for a couple of hours.
Apart from the extra hours one of the hardest things about these schools is getting up at a normal time. I had to get up at 8:30 am this morning which is quite late when I’m in the UK but to get up before 10 or 11 am here is just madness and rarely done. Obviously I do work late every night and don’t like to do too much before work as I’ll then be tired in class and yawning in class is a big faux pas.
Luckily my Spring school schedule was reduced from four to one as there wasn’t enough demand in some of my schools. However, I did teach the biggest class today consisting of eight Kindergarten students. They were all cute kids but two hours is maybe too long for them to concentrate and focus, especially after the half-time break of some cheap unhealthy sugary treats.
Despite the fairly lame lesson plan (probably written by someone who hasn’t taught for a long time and has no idea about the reality of a lesson being different from what it says in the textbooks) it was good fun but I was quite exhausted by the end of the day. Thankfully, thats my quota of extra work done until the Summer schools take place.