This past November, I took over the position of Deputy Head Teacher for a large language school and teachers’ agency in southern Thailand. In addition to overseeing some 40 teachers from around five different countries and a myriad of administrative duties (i.e., staffing our contracted government-run schools, organizing local English camps, writing course syllabi, etc.), I am still required to teach a minimum of 75 hours per month. Some of these classes are “in-house” (at the air-conditioned, in-a-shopping-mall language school itself) but most are substitute-teaching assignments for the regular teachers when they take ill or need to deal with periodic immigration requirements.
The end result of this workload is that I have had no time to write for fun (nor have I had much inspiration or desire to) since long before Christmas. The month of March – the hottest in Thailand, a country already boiling twelve months of the year – brings the end of the school year and a general slowdown in duties. Most of my in-house young students have gone on “summer holiday” and my business students mostly learn in the mornings or evenings. I don’t have to worry about filling-in at one of the myriad of schools scattered about the island (none of which are air-conditioned and all of which feature between 40 and 50 kids crammed into each classroom).
I finally have time for blogging once again.