|Catching up is hard to do
||[Dec. 26th, 2008|01:02 pm]
There is very little chance of my doing this in an interesting way so instead I will try to look back at 2008. This seems somewhat fitting for this time of year. Hopefully, even with all my time on FACEBOOK I will be able to write here more often. I think I need a place to dump my stress.
The cancer is under control. She is off chemo and the difference between last December and this December is incredible. Although she has almost no ability to use her right arm she still can paint and teach. The biggest problem is her fitness. Of course she wants to be fit again but she gets tired so easily that it frustrates her. This is an on-going project. She talks of dying or wanting to die which quite honestly .. I don't know how to react to. I know I will miss her. But is that selfish of me? I also believe that she can get through this now and live quite happily for some years so I will continue to encourage her.
So much. So much.
TEACHING - Love it. Things in the classroom are fantastic. I have been working with higher groups and they are goin really well. I am thinking of branching out into some different arras such as a book reading section. Summer classes were crazy. We had 250 students at the school. Classes were 12-16 strong (this is somewhat disappointing since our literature says max. 12). We had groups from Spain, Italy, and Kosovo. I have become enamored of Kosovo. They were from American School Kosova, a place I am seriously thinking of applying to.
HOUSING - This is not as difficult as others seemed to think. The summer was mad crazy because for July and August I had to place 180 people. The entire city was booked. I took in some Home Stay Families that were very bad. Of course I was learning on the fly and so I fell for some old tricks (such as cleaning the house for me but never cleaning it again) but I also found some great houses the we will use, I hope, for a long long time. Students are interesting in what they want for housing and what they like and dislike. I sometimes have trouble with the balance of student expectations and Home Stay Family expectations. The hardest part for me is that I am very uncomfortable tellin people bad news. It kills me every time a student wants to change homes and I have to tell the family. Just as bad is when a home stay is arranged but then the student's visa is denied. People are depending on the money they get for hosting and I have to tell them that money is not coming.
An interesting thing from this summer was the amount of work I had to do with the BAE Residence. We had a Resident in charge but she was spectacularly useless. The students didn't like er, she didn't like the students. I spent hours trying to fix things or tryin to calm people because things weren't fixed. Of course the students were not perfect. The cmplained that they would get yelled at for having parties and I would remind them that the BAE Residence was alcohol-free. A very interesting balancing act.
MYRNA - I have no real relationship with her now. I distrust her and worry that she will drop me as soon as I make a mistake. She has proven (with Sue this summer and David recently) that if people disagree with her or she has a personality conflict with someone that she will change the rules to get rid of them. She told Sue that she had to let her go because even though "K" had been a teacher for only 2 months (Sue had about 30 years), "K" had started at BAE before Sue and everything was strictly on a seniority system. For David though she told Jennifer not to give him classes if we had to cut teachers because of low numbers. David had been teaching only one class (with their full approval) but he has also been here longer than al but ONE other teacher. In effect Myrna had Jennifer fire him by emailing him to say he didn't have a class to teach. She didn't even have the decency to call or email David and tell him herself. So why was Jennifer doing classing? Because Myrna was so hopeless at it that at first she paid a teacher to sit with her and read names while she clicked the name in the database. When she got confused about the new classes she would just restructure all the classes with no thought as to which students already had which teacher. After a couple months of this, and knowing that during the summer we would have to create new classes each week Jennifer and I took over the classing. Often times in the summer I arrived at work around 7 or 7.30 a.m. and worked until midnight. This was so I could do Myrna's work as well as mine. What never occured to me until November was that Jenifer, as a per/hour employee was paid for classing. As a salaried employee I was not paid, however because it is part of her job description, Myrna technically was getting paid for my work. What else did I do for her work? All summer she rolled into work around 8.55 or 9.15. Classes start at 9.00. This meant that when I new teacher was brought in or there was a sub it was left to me to show them around and explain all of the paperwork and assundries. I feel that she is by head and shoulders the worst person I have ever worked for. So I work my ass off to make sure she will not have anything to fire me for. I assume though that at some point I will make a minor mistake which she will blow out of proportion and have me sacked. This sucks because I love this job and all of the other people I work with.
I am still 40 pounds heavier than I want to be. I hate being fat but I am not strong enough to fix it. I keep trying though.
Now I am bored. I will write more as I see fit but hopefully more often.