"I just want to teach. I don't want to do this dumb s**t!"
Demo Classes / "Circus Show"
Marketing Activities / "You want me to do what!?"
"Parents Just Don't Understand"
Not only are you put on display, but your entire teaching is thrown off course. The first time is enough, after that, parents need to stay out or choose another program. Right?
Thus, it's not unusual to look up and find some parent(s) watching your ENTIRE class from your door window. And I mean the ENTIRE CLASS. It’s as though they must make sure that their baby is taking care of at all times, even if there are three adults in the class presiding over him or her.
What's more, I've even had parents get past the security doors to meet us at the restroom during breaks. I guess helping their child use the toilet and wash his or her hands was just something they absolutely couldn't live without.
Do the powers-at-large help to enforce the rules so that you're not constantly bombarded by parents and put on display? They'll try if you ask, but it almost never works because accommodating parents is far more important that your sanity.
"It's Your Job"
On the other hand, the powers-at-large will surely argue that it is; after all, they already planned it without even consulting you. They'll claim that it's a marketing activity and is within your working hours, so "it's your job and you must do it".
What are you to do in this situation? How could you protect yourself?
"If you don't like it, why don't you just quit?"
Nevertheless, after 6 years of teaching abroad at English training centers in China, I've come up with a few examples of ways you can steer these issues towards your favor:
And lastly, despite the rage, I do want you to know that I've worked in China as an ESL teacher at English training centers for nearly six long years and counting. I've been a teacher, trainer, foreign department manager, and even worked at multiple centers across different cities. At the end of the day, I've had the time of my life teaching English abroad in China and wouldn't change my experience for anything. I just had to get some s**t off my chest!