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the.fee.fairy
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Anonymous letters

I just had a phonecall from my FAO. 

The college has received an anonymous letter saying that i am teaching at another school in the area as well. 

I am NOT! 

I want to stay at this school for another year, and quite frankly, i'm too lazy to go teach elsewhere! I've been asked by two different people to teach away from school - one was to teach some small children (i'm really bad at teaching small children, so i declined) and the other asked me to do a Halloween party for a children's school. I went to the Halloween party. He asked me to teach them more regularly, and again i declined (i have a policy - I don't work weekends - i like to travel at weekends).

The letter apparently said that i am teaching at WEB international English. According to my FAO, some of the other colleges have had FTs move to WEB. Personally, i would never work for WEB. I have heard too many bad stories about them to even consider it.

I can't understand why a teacher here thinks i am working for them. Is this a new ploy from WEB to try and get FTs to move to them by hounding them out of the jobs they already have? 

My FAO says that i shouldn't worry. She says that she is treating it as a misunderstanding - maybe the writer of the letter thought that i was one of the FTs in the area teaching at the other school as well. I've told my FAO that i would never work for WEB, i attended a Halloween party but have not taught anywhere else and don't plan to. If i was to teach elsewhere, i would ask their permission (as my contract states), and that i would also ask their advice to see if the other place was good. She said that she doesn't believe the letter but had to contact me to ask about it.

I'm a little worried - is this someone making me want to lose my job? What have i done to upset someone!! If it is malicious, the only people it could be are the teachers i declined when they asked me to teach elsewhere. Will it affect the fact that i want to stay here for another year after this one? Do the directors now believe i am untrustworthy?

The FAO says that the directors are not happy - not with me, but with the letter writer because they said that if the writer cannot put their name on a letter, then they cannot approach them to ask more questions, or to ask their motives and evidence.

I know that the other FT (a japanaese teacher) here is teaching elsewhere, but i don't want to tell the FAO in case my college doesn't know that. I'll try to talk to him later and warn him and then leave it to him to sort out. He's a nice guy and i don't want him to lose his job either.

I really like this college. I can't understand what's going on! Argh!

Teacher Tom
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Maybe a student?

Do you have any students who might have an ax to grind?  Doesn't have to be a teacher or another school...it wa anonynous, so who know?   Have you been given classes to teach that were previously taught by one of the Chinese English teachers?

Also, was the letter written or printed?  Handwriting might be identifiable?

Just some thoughts - I like your devious mind thinking that Web might be trying to get teachers fired so they can hire them - you may have been in China too long, Fee - you are in danger of thinking like a Chinese!

the.fee.fairy
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Maybe...

I've just heard enough negative information about WEB to be suspicious...

My FAO said the letter was from another teacher. I don't think i've been given any of their old classes, and my students seem happy. When i talked to the FAO i asked her to find out who it was. She's more angry than i am, so the's on the warpath right now!!

She's also going to ask her FAO friends in other colleges - apparently a couple of colleges have lost their FTs to WEB, so she's going to warn them and get them to speak to their FTs. She's told them all that we are perfectly happy with the working arrangements here - the college are happy with me and i'm happy with them.

I think maybe i'm just worried that the directors think i'm going behind their backs to another school. I hope they realise that this is not the case. I can't be bothered to get work elsewhere. I like it here, i like my free time. Maybe i'll have to go shopping on a different day this weekend...just in case someone thinks i'm hopping on a bus the same time every sunday to go teaching somewhere.

It could be because i live in a different college, maybe they think i'm teaching here. The FAO said that she thinks it's a teacher trying to get in the good books of the directors. From her tone, it seems that whoever it is is going to pretty much be doing the opposite... 

the.fee.fairy
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Maybe...

Sorry...accidentally double posted.

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Similar experience

After I changed employers, my new employer got a similar letter at the end of the first term. It was not signed and stated that I still worked for my previous employer. I called my previous employer, with whom I parted in good terms and she said it didn't originate with her. My FAO ignored it, too, and I've never heard anything from it anymore.

As long as your FAO doesn't do anything with the information, I wouldn't worry about it!

the.fee.fairy
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My FAO's ace!

She is brilliant! I saw her today to speak to her face to face and she said that she has spoken to the directors. After her conversation with them, they have decided that the letter has no foundation and is not true.

She explained to them that not only am i too lazy to go and work elsewhere, but the school i am charged with working in is for small children - i don't like small children. the directors have decided to see if another letter comes, and see who it is from. They are ignoring this one.

*they're probably tracking all my movements just to make sure...*

My FAO's ace...she really went on the warpath with this letter. She was NOT happy that someone was trying to ruin our working relationship!

So, I'm in the clear!

tintinxmu
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 It seems that if there is no

 It seems that if there is no further problem, let it go, but if you think it worthwhile or if this should happen again, I would get a copy of the letter, and go to Web (or whoever) and ask them to write on the bottom of the letter that you are not working for them. Or you could phone them, and write the details down as your record of who you spoke to, date, etc, and show your school or at least keep that for your own records. After all, if they say that you do work for them, then ask for copies of your payslips (which don't exist). Usually these private schools keep very detailed pay slips. If things get really tricky, use your mobile phone or camera and record the interview.

I do think anonymous letters like this would be few and far between.

Tintinxmu.

Beryl OMonkiss
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Anonymous Informants

I battled the same sort of thing at the school WHERE I NO LONGER WORK.

I sympathize with the Fee Fairy. There are rotten people out there, some of whom are co-workers and fellow foreign teachers. If your FAO continues to confront you with these accusations, start looking elsewhere because once you get on somebody's spit list, there's no getting off. It's possible that someone whom you don't even suspect is making the accusations. Some people just enjoy intrigue.

It could be the FAO/waiban herself. I've been through that sort of thing, and it is a maddening feeling not knowing whom to trust.

My posts this past year have been pretty negative, so I won't go into details.

I will say one thing, though. If your FAO cannot trust you, you probably shouldn't trust your FAO.

the.fee.fairy
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Thankfully...

My FAO's pretty sensible! I asked her the other day if there had been another letter and she said 'No'. She said that the directors are happy that I am not teaching somewhere else, and that they don't believe the letter.

She said that she thinks that the letter could have been written by someone warnign the college that I might think of going to another school, and that is how she is approaching the situation now. I have assured her that I'm too lazy to teach somewhere else, and that I really like this college so i don't want to do anything about moving.

I also told her that if I did have someone wanting me to teach somewhere else, I would ask her opinion and inform her, because I don't know the local area and don't know where is good/bad. Also...they need to know if you're going somewhere else regularly in case something happens to you. If, for some reason you got injured on your way to/from the other place, then your FAO needs to know where you are so that they can help you. If they know that on Wednesday evenings you go to the college down the road and something happens to you (someone kills you...for example) and you don't turn up for class on Thursday, they know exactly where to go to find your body!



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