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15 Mar
Why do you travel? “Almost a quarter of the teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession.” The Guardian  There is no doubt that teaching is one of the most stressful professions. Although teachers get a great deal of holidays, these are desperately needed for rejuvenation. Days before a break, it is not uncommon to see educators holding on to ‘the end of the rope’. The coming time off is usually slated for catching one’s breath through some form of rest and relaxation, and sadly at times, to get one’s marking completed! Many educators take advantage of school breaks to travel. This is particularly so for educators working internationally. Although there is practically an infinite number of ways to plan a trip, many teachers opt for the default kind of ‘crashing somewhere on a beach to recover’. Understandably so! This routine travel planning often has at its root the desire to disconnect in hopes of recovering from the demands of work.  There are other ways to regain vigor and freshness during breaks. Although scary at times, the unknown can sometime stimulate parts of our being that are waiting for the right moment to take center stage. “Without…
17 Aug
Oh, the dreaded online teaching demonstration. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “This is so awkward! Why do I have to do this?” Well, the school wants to get to know you a little better as an educator, so a teaching demonstration is a good way for them to get a sense of your personality, teaching style, ability to lesson plan, and professionalism. These are all things that are important when teaching ESL abroad. If you’re an old pro at teaching demos, an online teaching demo is not that different from an in-person one. As a rule, your video should be professional, polished, and not bore the person watching it to tears.
24 Jul
  Tips for new teachers My first-year teaching was an unforgettable experience. I left my home state of New Jersey and moved to the rural south in North Carolina to teach High School Spanish with Teach for America. There were many lows, but many more highs. I learned invaluable lessons about myself and teaching through this experience, and the whole experience was unforgettable. Here is a short guide for first year teachers with some simple things to keep in mind as you navigate your own experience during year one. 1. Ask for help The “fake it 'til you make it” mentality will only get you so far, and kids are smarter than you may think - they can see right through this. I found that modeling vulnerability, making mistakes, admitting when I was wrong, and being honest benefited the class more. In doing this, students realized making mistakes was not only inevitable, but crucial for growth. When it comes to coworkers, use them as the powerful resources they are. Ask veteran teachers in your building for advice during your first year, for they will be your greatest asset and ally. Ask them for help in planning lessons and explaining concepts. Ask about…


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