Most experienced educators will tell you that no respectable teacher would resign their position in the middle of the school year. Some would say that it was unheard of, whether it was written in their contracts or not, it didn't matter. Today is a new day and resignations are part of the business. Realistically public education, for as much as we try to emulate other industries, a resignation impacts more than a production line. It impacts children, no matter the position.
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February 06, 2018
Homo-sapiens are known for their adaptability, and those that are reflective and introspective enough can self-learn by making mistakes. In the digital epoch, in which we currently reside, the role of teacher/learner takes on a much greater significance. The geometrically accelerating tech advances requires a new sort of person. One who can alter their direction and shift to essential foreseeable learning domains as they occur. Digital teaching and learning is one such domain.
January 18, 2018
While the shortage of certified teachers is real in pockets across the country, there continues to be a need for preparation prior to interviewing for that first job. In some school districts, the competition is still fierce and in order to be successful, teacher candidates will have to bring their "A" game in order to secure the job they want. So, when does that preparation start?
December 13, 2017
We've all seen them on the news, Facebook, Youtube, and sprawled across the internet... the teacher in the midst of a verbal assault on a student or the class. Every week there is a new one. Maybe I should start a video internet channel called "Teachers Gone Wild". That's exactly what these videos look like, a teacher who has totally lost their professional filter and decided to as the young people say, "Do the Most". In a day in age, where every encounter and every discussion has the potential of being taped teachers need to become more aware of how these situations escalate and can cost you your job.
November 27, 2017
Recent graduates may find themselves a bit overwhelmed when navigating the teacher job market for the first time. While it is easy to be enticed by districts or schools that advertise high salaries, the wise job seeker will weigh numerous factors when considering competing employment offers. Many of these considerations revolve around the employer's benefits package.
November 07, 2017
We tend to gravitate towards fun-loving people! The old adage, "Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone", is a nice way to remind ourselves of the power of laughter. To be successful, we need to go beyond fun and consciously build an environment that stimulates our professional growth.
October 23, 2017
I understand the First Amendment and it is clear with regards to a person's right to free speech, but I guarantee you that our Founding Fathers never could have imagined what we are dealing with today in schools across the country. So, the next time you are about to post something on Social Media, make sure that it is RATED "R" before you post it.
September 19, 2017
You have signed a contract with an international school and the excitement and anticipation is rising; along with some nervousness. The questions start running through your mind, "What was I thinking? How long am I going to be gone? What do I need to pack? Can I get Reese Peanut Butter Cups over there?" Let me set your mind at ease. Many people have gone before you and have survived and even thrived, some even staying on for several years.
September 12, 2017
One of the most amazing joys in teaching overseas is the international classroom. More often than not, an international educator will say they have learned far more from their students than what they have taught them. This rich diversity of nations, languages and cultures, as well as the varied experiences of the students, creates a whole new culture within the classroom.
September 05, 2017
International schools have been around for well over 100 years, initially providing education in the native language and curriculum for children whose parents worked as diplomats. Today, according ICEF (International Consultants for Education and Fairs) there are over 12,000 international schools in operation around the world. The types of international schools are numerous and varied; each one representing a different demographic of students, curriculum, leadership and financing.