October 18, 2011
Are you inspired to start up a blog about your adventures living abroad?
Our 9th blog that we would like to highlight is called “Tip of the Iceberg.” This international educator seems to be quite experienced in the international school community, having worked at international schools since 2001. Check out the blog entries of this international school teacher who is now working in Singapore at United World College South East Asia.
Entries we would like to highlight:
“I was kindly tagged by Kim Cofino in this blog meme of sorts, (via Jess McCulloch) which involves documenting how you get to work. It’s an interesting one, because I love seeing the diverse lifestyles of my friends around the world – check out the journeys of Kim, Jess & Clint, by way of example. The journey starts at the elevator, where my son Griffin (more often than not wearing only PJ top & underpants) waves us all goodbye. Scarlett, Miles & I love this part, because he makes us smile as we leave.”
This photo journey idea is a great one! It has the staff at International School Community very interested in trying it out ourselves. How great if we all shared our journeys with each other. For sure that would help prospective teachers get a better idea of what life is like traveling to and from the teachers’ homes to the international school they work at.
“One (Singaporean) parent said she had found the perfect school for her daughter. I was intrigued! Her criteria? The teachers had been teaching at the same school for over 20 years. I know fabulous teachers (as I’m sure you do) who have been teaching for more than 20 years, and I do not mean to take anything away from them. I also know fabulous teachers who are only just beginning their careers, and I feel the Mum who judged a good school by the fact that the teachers had been there a long time was missing the boat. Longevity does not necessarily equal a good teacher. Longevity at an international school doesn’t equal a good teacher either! The cynic in me might think (upon hearing a teacher has been at the same school for 20 years), what’s the package like at THAT school?”
Great topic to think about. Indeed, what was the package like at the international school where teachers stayed for 20+ years? All the international school teachers that have been at the same international school for more than 20 years have of course married a local….maybe staying for such a long time doesn’t appear to be the result of wanting to reap the wonderful benefits of a benefits package.
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