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  1. Leigh

    It’s February 2011 now, and I’m employed by the sepic office of education (chungnam middle and high school).
    Although deskwarming is a lot of free time which could be used for lesson planning, it is simply demotivating for the teacher to come into a freezing school and sit there with no-one else around,until the bell rings at 4:30. For teachers like me, who live more than an hour away from school, it is frustrating to wake up at 6am every morning so that i can be in school by 8:30 in order to do something that could have been done at home.
    I’m sure the people at the offices of education are intelligent,and reasonable people-but there seems something slighlty unreasonable about some of the ‘rigid’ rules which are counter-productive. Most teachers I know, spend the entire day on facebook or watching movies. It’s really frustrating because lesson planning can be done at home anyway. What is the actual reason for making native teachers deskwarm?


    • Christine Ka’aloa

      @Leigh: Thanks for leaving a comment. You totally echo the sentiment of most NETs I know and the FB statuses are littered with comments on deskwarming as well. The education system’s choices don’t make sense. Like that one week of school deal during winter break… The cold that we do have to endure in the classroom, whether there’s a heater or not, feels inhumane. Some NETs even went out and bought themselves an electric heater! But “off the book”– the end person who can yay or nay your deskwarming is your principal. Some people I know have gotten to deskwarm from home due to the fact they have a cool principal. If you get that deal, it’d have to be only between you and your school as they can get in trouble if the DMOE found out.


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