The bad surprise was more of a shock than anything else and it came at the start of the week. One of our students who is characteristically easy going and fun to work with refused to leave his taxi, ultimately ending with me getting a punch to the face and having my hair pulled. It didn’t hurt in all honesty, this particular student isn’t all that strong and he was calmed quickly after throwing a few head butts and a couple of kicks. It was a bit of a strange experience. Not that I got hit, that’s happened before. It was the individual who did it which surprised us all. With hindsight, I feel really stupid getting hit by him. It shouldn’t be a shock when one of my students gets heightened and I’m surprised that it shocked me so much. Apparently in my long list of what-ifs, I forgot to factor how volatile each student could be.
Unfortunately, this week, for the first time ever, I actually made a complaint about my work load. I recognised that I was struggling this week and I made the decision that I couldn’t last doing what my managers were doing to me. I brought up valid points. I told them that without time tables, I was having to plan potential lessons for every single student nightly, often keeping me up till 10 or 11 o’clock at night. I can easily have seven lessons to plan for one day and only be able to run two myself. The lessons I don’t run, I regularly don’t get the work back from the other staff members. I don’t have a base and I have no where to store my resources, games and activities. Either way, I finally stood up and told my manager that this wasn’t acceptable and, hopefully, things will change for the better.