A big part of being an ALT is being disgruntled. Sure, there are ALTs who are不是心怀不满，但有一个lot对不满的人。工作有其压力，最大的是期望与现实之间的对比。即使你认为你知道，你真的无法知道，直到你知道。智力知识只会到目前为止。您的里程可能会有所不同，但最重要的是要记住的，您的态度是制造或打破您的经验的态度：有时你会投入糟糕的情况。你可以对他们感到沮丧，但这只会让你悲惨。当你悲惨时，生活就会不那么愉快。
Scenario 1 (JET Propaganda)
Scenario 3 (ALT who has purged their bad memories)
(Note: 'chan' and 'san' are appended to names in Japanese like 'Mr.' is prepended to a name in English. Using 'chan' would suggest a higher level of closeness between the speakers (or disrespect).)
Reality 1 (My Middle Schools)
很多人都会改进“他们到底是如何让我准备一半的课程五minutes before class starts?" I was on that path too, but this morning it happened twice in a row, and I just made do. Its a bad investment of my mental health to get upset about the bad behavior of my 'co-workers' (I doubt they consider me a co-worker, infact this is made somewhat clear by many of their habits of addressing me using 'san' instead of 'sensei', which would be like a slap in the face if I wasn't just some foreigner).
Reality 2 (My Elementary Schools)
在我小的学校(共14个学生school), the elementary lessons are really amazing. The classes have 2-4 students in them, and that means I can do almost anything I want. Admittedly this is restrained a lot by the fact that most elementary students have a very hard time recognizing roman characters. But... that means I get to spend time working on recognizing roman characters and doing pronunciation with the students. Flexibility. Since the home room teacher is also there, it means that there are often two teachers and two students in the classroom. This is fun.
Scenario 1 (Propaganda)
They won't even speak to you. You will be miserable, and they won't care. They don't hate you, they don't realize you are a human begin and thus capable of hating.
Scenario 3 (Infatuated ALT)
They'll treat you like royalty, its really wonderful. Its like being a rock star.
Basically I am ignored, except for when necessary. I once had a teacher pace behind my desk for thirty seconds before finally turning around and having him quickly tell me we have a volleyball practice (for a city wide competition the next week) that evening. Well. I appreciate actually be told of these things, but I don't know why it is nerve wracking to tell me this. Especially since you did it in Japanese.
Its also hard to pretend to be a normal teacher when the other teachers don't address me as a teacher, tell the students not to address me as a teacher, and insist on using keigo (extremely formal language) to address or describe me.
请立即放松your holy majesty the third Will son of God Larsonis here. Now. No, no. Don't call him a teacher. Why aren't you relaxed? I just don't get it.叹让我们享受英语！是的，让我们！
Reality 2 (A nearby ALTs Middle School)
The teachers talk to me, and are really pleasant. They treat me like a human being. They don't help me plan, but they don't change their expectations on me without warning. Its a pleasant environment to work in, they really make an effort to be friendly.
Scenario 1 (Official Propaganda)
It helps to have some basis on the language, because it proves that you are interested in Japan. But you don't have to have any proficiency. We'll小心of you. Oh, sorry, did that sound threatening?
Scenario 2 (Disgruntled ALT without Japanese)
I hate Japanese people anyway. I just get drunk every weekend anyway.
Scenario 4 (Disgruntled ALT with flawless Japanese)
Just kidding. This person doesn't exist.
God. I wish I could speak better Japanese. Everything would work out if I could speak better Japanese. I could hold a conversaiton with this cute girl and...
Reality 3 (ALT with no Japanese)
I really wish I could speak Japanese. I hate being reliant on people around me for everything.
The Value of Having a Background in Education
Scenario 1 (Official Propaganda)
Scenario 2 (Disgruntled ALT with previous teaching experience)
It certainly isn't necessary. But I think it would help teachers take you more seriously if you were brave enough to remark that their teaching methods (teach the textbook, only the textbook, and give the same exact quiz three times in a row? Brilliant.) are questionable. I was definitely overwhelmed at first, especially having to teach a 90 minute adult conversation class without any guidance. But it has gotten better, after about 4 weeks of actually teaching, things started to finally click and make more sense.
I guess it might help if they let me into the classroom.