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Thailand, or better know by many as the Land of Smiles, is one of the most common destinations for international educators. Thailand is beautiful and safe and there are an abundance of jobs for teachers. There are also many place to visit and some of the most amazing sites on Earth!
I signed up with Schrole in late March of 2017 when my school fell apart, knowing at the time that it was late in the hiring season. I received quality matches and had several phone interviews.
My current school actually contacted me after reading my Schrole resume and info.
It appears that Schrole appeals to schools that do not want to do the "BIG Three" hiring companies and want more control over their criteria.
The TEACH-NOW group has paired with Arizona and Washington DC to offer a new program for educators to obtain a US teaching certification. Many US states have reciprocity, so a AZ or DC cert would allow a teacher to go to many other states in the US and, of course, overseas.
From the blurb:
The TEACH-NOW program provides a unique teaching model. Instead of enrolling in several different courses each semester, candidates complete a series of intense, comprehensive modules of different lengths, taken in sequence. The program is project and activity-based, and through its collaborative learning model participant learning takes place in mandatory virtual class sessions with 10 -15 candidates in the learning cohort and the instructor.
Each module is divided into units, and each unit is one week long. Participants have to commit an average of 15-25 hours to the course each week, completing coursework, collaborative projects and clinical activities. The online platform provides a safe environment to practice what you have learned. Instructors provide encouraging feedback and support throughout the course.
The program leads to a state teaching license and offers the following areas of teacher preparation:
For those applying for a Washington DC License:
•BILINGUAL EDUCATION (K-12)
•BILINGUAL SPECIAL EDUCATION (K-12)
•COMPUTER EDUCATION LABORATORY TEACHER (K-12)
•COMPUTER SCIENCE (7-12)
•EARLY CHILDHOOD (PreK-3)
•ENGLISH as a SECOND LANGUAGE (K-12)
•FOREIGN LANGUAGE SUBJECT AREAS (K-12)
•GENERAL SCIENCE (7-12)
•HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION (K-12)
•HOME ECONOMICS (7-12)
•MARKETING EDUCATION (7-12)
•MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH (4-8)
•MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS (4-8)
•MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE (4-8)
•MUSIC – INSTRUMENTAL OR VOCAL (K-12)
•SOCIAL STUDIES (7-12)
•SPECIAL EDUCATION: NON-CATEGORICAL (K-12)
For those applying for an Elementary (1-8) or Secondary (6-12) Arizona license:
• ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS
• GENERAL SCIENCE
• PHYSICAL EDUCATION
• POLITICAL SCIENCE/AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
The Teacher Preparation program consists of the following eight modules that can be completed over nine months (40 weeks):
1. Program Orientation
2. The Culture of Schooling
3. The Learner & Learning in the Digital Age
4. Managing the Learning Environment
5. Planning & Preparation for Learning
6. Student Assessments
7. Introduction to Clinical Practice
8. Teacher Practice and Proficiency (clinical)
Go to church!!
Overseas, there are generally three types of churches.
1) the local congregation
2) the "missionary church," usually helmed by an American or a Brit and generally very evangelistic in its aim
3) the Expat church -- has a full English language congregation and probably separate a local-language congregation. Some of these will be tied to a Western denomination, but many are looser and call themselves "The International Fellowship of ___."
Why go if you have no desire to participate in their faith?
You'll meet people!
You'll meet people who are, at least for an hour or so, looking for an English experience.
You'll probably find that there are two Christian schools in your area, one dogmatic[teachers sign a Statement of Faith and have behavioral expectations] and one much less so [values/ morals are generally a foundation].
You'll find out where the Other English-language groups and communities are.
Text, text, TEXT!
ProTIp: buy an iPhone.
Why? iMessage can be used on any Apple device under the same AppleID. Thus, you can log and text from you MacBook, from your local iPhone, and pick up right where you left off when you land in your home country and turnoff that iPhone.
So, why text?
Most modern phones have cameras, and if it's a phone, it should text. People back home like to see random stuff on the street -- things that wouldn't make it into a weekly email/monthly letter -- the things that happen NOW.
Be connected on a daily basis-- your grandmother would probably like to see the kitten inn the alley or the street vendor. Your dad might like that weird contraption stacks a mile high with styrofoam. Friends might appreciate shots of street fashion and the way clothing's put together.