September 18, 2011
Are you inspired to start up a blog about your adventures living abroad?
Check out the experiences of another international school teacher who starting their international school teaching career later in their life.
Our 7th blog that we would like to highlight is called “Viewpoints.” This teaching couple seem to be quite experienced in the international school community, having worked at more than 3 international schools. The part of their blog that we would like highlight is about their experience living in China working at Dalian American International School.
Entries we would like to highlight:
What is Viewpoints?
“Viewpoints is a blog that stimulates discussions about collective cultures, ideas, fears and hopes. As an American educator living in China, I have a unique opportunity to focus on the world from a different perspective. Through Viewpoints, relevant issues are explored. I’m a 59 year old educator leaving the US this August for China.”
What an interesting point of view this international educator must have!
Linear or Circular?
“I became a new teacher, beginning a new life in my late thirties to be closer with my children, and though I was unaware at the time, I was just starting a metamorphosis. My new life in teaching had become my sanctuary, as it began spinning out of control, and sending me on a lifelong journey to new worlds. I was learning to teach day by day, and discovering the how challenging teaching really was. As a teacher I’ve always felt that I have been evolving on a daily basis, always experiencing and learning something new, about teaching, about people and most important about myself.”
How great to view teaching as a sanctuary.
“First there was the issue of money, China would be the farthest trip taken and the issue of family finances was a concern. Another reason was that I was meeting my son Matthew, who had been in China teaching and Kay felt that it would be a great father son time. the final reason was that Kay really was not interested in traveling China, since it was well beyond her comfort zone. China was so different from anything she had ever experienced, and I was soon understand her concerns.”
We all have been in this situation; having family members not being able to visit us because of financial constraints or because that visiting would be very much outside their comfort zone.
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