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      4k USD Posting Contest   08/16/2016

      Win $4,000 USD for the summer of 2017!  We are having a Forum Contest at InternationalEducators.com. The economy is struggling in most parts of the world. People have lost retirement investment and their portfolios are down.  Many have said they are unable enjoy their summer this year as it is cost prohibitive. We are here are help with our Give-A-Way. The prize: A round-trip ticket from your city to any destination of your choice (up to 1500 USD). Plus, we will get you an American Express Travelers Check or a prepaid ATM for 2500 USD. You can use that $2500 for hotels, meals or barhopping from one place to the next. It is up to you what you do with the prize money. So, the prize is an airline ticket up to 1500 (we book for you) and 2500 to spend! So, a total of up to 4,000 USD! It is a chance to have a free trip during your summer of 2017! All teachers deserve a wonderful summer and we want to help one person have an extra special summer! The way to enter: 1. Join InternationalEducators.com 2. For every 100 posts you have on the site, you get one entry into the contest (up to 5 entries).  For each review you post, you get one entry into the contest (up to 3 reviews). 3. Contest beings today and goes through May 30, 2017. 4. If you have over 100 posts on May 30, 2017, you will get one entry for each 100 posts. For example, if you have 400 posts on May 30, 2017, that is four tickets you get for the Lucky Draw.  If you have 400 posts plus 2 reviews, that is six tickets for the Lucky Draw. 5. To qualify, the posts must be reasonable quality. One or two word posts will not count. While this post is in the main forum, there are other forums here as well and all qualify. In the first week in June 2017, we will have a drawing and the person whose name comes out of the hat will be the winner. This drawing will be held in Bangkok in front of any local teachers who wish to participate. We hope that you sign in and spend some time in the forums and if you have a review to submit of a school you have worked at, there is no better time than the present. Again, thank you for your support and we hope you have a wonderful school year! Be sure your first post is in the Introduction Forum so that you can then post without Moderation! The staff at InternationalEducators.com

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  3. For many international educators, the place to go is China. Not only is the pay often great, allowing you to save, but the country itself is becoming more influential on the global stage. This means that having experience in China can help you build a more impressive resume or CV for future positions. That said, just like anywhere else, some schools are better than others. And, some locations are more desirable. In China, the best overall city to teach in is Shanghai – where you can be part of an international community and gain great experience. We talked to some people who have taught in Shanghai, and did our own research, to come up with a list of 10 of the best schools to teach at in the city. This list isn't in any particular order – and remember, even a great school isn't right for everyone, because we're all looking for different things from our experience as an international educator. 1. Shanghai American School. For over 100 years, considered the gold standard of international schools in Shanghai. It offers an American-based prep school education, but students can also go for an International Baccalaureate. 2. Shanghai Community International School. The first school in the city to receive accreditation from the National Council of Curriculum and Textbooks. Run by a non-profit group in Michigan, SCIS works to provide an American educational experience in China. 3. Yew Chung International School of Shanghai. An unusual school. It takes many aspects of a traditional UK education, but then adds in role play experiences of real-world challenges students might encounter in their adult lives. Some people describe it as a holistic learning environment. A bi-cultural learning environment is at the core of the school's mandate. 4. The British International School. A traditional British international school with a twist: Each class gets a volunteer “Room Parent" who helps with classroom needs. The school says, "We believe passionately in learning, and our modern approach to education continues to help our students shine. Great teachers, committed students and a community spirit that emphasizes the rewards from hard work and engagement have consistently delivered world class results at every level in the school." Teachers at the school often stay for long periods of time. It is part of the Nord Angelica Network of schools. 5. Concordia International School. A Lutheran school designed not only to educate but also nurture the mind, body and spirit. In just 16 years, it grew from 22 students to well over a thousand because of its growing reputation. Friends that work there love the school and say the pay is great and the apartments are amazing. Students at the school believe their education is top-notch and the school participates in sports around the globe. 6. Dulwich College of Shanghai. This is a very selective school; there are entrance exams and interviews for the student candidates. They put a high preference on children who can demonstrate artistic or athletic excellence. 7. Western International School of Shanghai. The place to teach in Shanghai if you are interested in the arts. A huge amount of emphasis is put on creative activities and helping children understand the humanities. From one teacher, "I would add that there is a lot of emphasis on community building (Being an arts based school definitely helps define that). Everyone gets along (admin, teachers, parents, students). Was really a great group of people to work with. The schedule and workload can get demanding for core subject teachers. Makes Friday night drinks with your team all the better however. Highly recommend working there if you want to be working at a school where you feel like you are a part of the family." 8. Britannica International School. British-owned and managed, the school is invested in STEM classes as well as making the students bilingual in Chinese and British English. 9. Shanghai Livingston International School. Founded by former Louisiana Senator Bob Livingston. All of the classes are based on creating real-life projects in this school, and follows California education standards. 10. Shanghai SMIC. This school offers a decent package and great students. The school keeps growing and is always filled to capacity with many on the wait list. They have one of the highest pass rates for AP classes than just about any other school. You will work your butt off here, but it is a good experience for most teachers. cc InternationalEducators.com 2017
  4. Let me say first and foremost that the one thing they don’t tell you when you sign on to this school is how sick you will be during your time here. I can safely say that almost every colleague (myself included) came down with severe stomach pain and other illnesses and missed 3 to 4 times more school than usual. Some of my colleagues got Dengue fever and even suffered from dehydration. The main reasons for this is that Yangon is not very sanitary overall and you will come into contact with germs and bacteria that you could never imagine in a first world or developing country. Currently the salaries for overseas hires vary from 2 to 3 thousand dollars a month and the apartment is provided and fully paid for. I took modest vacations around SE Asia and had no problem saving. Travel in Myanmar is very overpriced however and it is not cost effective as packages are often prices in multiples of 1000. Students here are super good and motivated. Technology is almost non existent. Students don’t all have laptops so be prepared to lug around tons of worksheets and paper. Most teachers stay 2 or 3 years and go. I would advise most teachers to not come here simply because of the health issues. There is only 1 modern clinic in Yangon and if you need real help then the only choice is to fly to Bangkok. I did know a teacher who was seriously ill and she had to navigate airports during the extremely painful illness just so she could get to a modern hospital. Yangon is starting to get more malls/restaurants etc. But you still have to ride in dirty old cabs that may or may not have working air con. Plus all the locals spit their red tobacco juice on the sidewalks and you will constantly step in/ smell that. The city is also a humidity trap. I have been all around the equator in my life but this is the hottest I have ever encountered. Most teachers stay in their apartments while running the a/c. Don’t count on spending much time outdoors. Last year the board at this school made the outgoing director leave the school in February. Apparently they paid him out on his contract they just didn’t want him coming around the building anymore. With that came a mass exodus of staff and a bunch of broken contracts. That mess may or may not clean up. But if you are OK with the sanitary conditions of Yangon and want to teach for a few years as if it were the 1970’s then this school will do fine. I will say it again. Some of the best students you will ever encounter.
  5. Hallier, that is great. Thank you for adding JIS to the list. 7k a month saved is awesome!
  6. Jakarta International School. A teacher of 8 years experience with a Masters will start on around 55k, rising to above 70k after 7 years service. Teachers who have graduate credits above the Masters earn more. Retirement is another 10-12% above that. I am able to save around $US7000 a month and still have a nice lifestyle.
  7. There are many reasons to want to be an International Educator. A lot of people do it to be able to travel and experience other cultures. But there are an equal number of people who know that if they teach back in America, they'll never be able to save money – and they really want to boost their savings for retirement and other future expenses. There's nothing wrong with that – and picking a school where you can live modestly while increasing your savings is a worthy goal. That's why we are glad that Asset Builder recently surveyed international teachers to find the schools where they are able to save the most amount of money. We're going to pass their list onto you now. · Singapore American School. One educator and his wife were able to pay cash for a $280,000 home after teaching for six years here. · International School of Kuala Lumpur. Teachers here can have maids, travel quite a bit, go out partying and still save around $35,000 a year. · The International School of Bangkok. Because of matching savings plans from the school, a father of two was able to save $58,000 a year during his tenure here. · Canadian International School of Hong Kong. By living in a 700-square-foot home, a teacher couple was able to save $100,000 a year while taking regular vacations in Spain. · Yokohama International School and the International of the Sacred Heart. An American couple saved $80,000 in a year while teaching at these international schools in Tokyo. · Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools. Even though they went on some very expensive trips, a couple was able to save $87,000 in a single year working in the Middle East. Meanwhile, we've also talked to people who have worked at great schools and were able to save money. Here are some of our personal recommendations. · International School of Manila. You can choose to teach high school, middle school or elementary school while making your bank manager very happy. · American School in Japan. With starting salaries near $70,000 a year and compensation for experienced teaches even higher, saving money is very possible here. · Hong Kong International School. For 50 years, international educators have been able to save money while teaching young children here. It offers American style education with a Christian perspective. · NIST International School. This not-for-profit school in Thailand pays its teachers very well, even though the cost of living in the region is very low. It's a great school with a great reputation. What about your experiences? Have you found a great school where you can save mucho dinero? If so, let us know in the comments. cc InternationalEducators.com
  8. No pay for Google. But, they are amazing and what they are offering free for teachers and educators can't be beat!
  9. Welcome Ruth. I love Class Dojo. I use it all the time and think it is one of the best tools out there!
  10. Hello everyone and Happy New Year, My name is Ruth. I´m currently teaching 4th grade on a private school in Reynosa, Mexico. Love to know and share teaching strategies. I´m a Class Dojo Mentor and Ambassador. Class Dojo is such a great tool for teachers and a great way of communication with parents. I´m also very interested on learning more about Growth Mindset. Looking forward working with you all, Warm Regards Ruth
  11. Hello, I am an international educator currently teaching in Kyiv, Ukraine. I have also taught in Slovakia, Uzbekistan and the US. I look forward to reading and sharing on this blog.
  12. Thanks for posting this Tagalog. Helpful
  13. As an international educator, you may need to create a website. It could be that your school needs a site in English and doesn't have the resources to hire outside people to do it. You may want to create a website to showcase your teaching resume to impress potential recruiters. You may even want a website for your class to communicate with parents about homework, policies, etc. Or, you may want to teach a class on building a website. I require all of my students to have a portfolio. It doesn't matter the reason; website creation is something you may want to do or be tasked with at some point. But the question is – how do you do it? You know there are platforms out there that can help make it happen. But which one do you choose? We've looked at many different platforms that international educators can use to build websites, and today we want to tell you the ones we think are the best. 1. Google Sites. This is the one to choose if you are going to be working with other people on creating the site. It is specifically designed for collaboration among your peers, without compromising the security of the site itself. It has recently been updated with new features that allow you to make sure your site displays well on mobile devices, insert content directly from Google Drive, embed external content, and move content around the page easily during editing. 2. WordPress. This is an old standby. It's very easy to create a site, you get a ton of backgrounds to choose from, and you can click and drag various features onto your pages. People have been using WordPress for years, and it's reliable. It is not, however, anywhere near as collaboration-friendly as Google Sites. However, it is something that is very easy to use and something that will be around for a long time. 3. Wix is another easy-to-use drag-and-drop website builder. It uses an artificial intelligence system to help you build the site, and offers suggestions for improvement. The one downside is that their service is “freemium,” meaning while their ads say it's free, they will try to charge you for many of their tools, for removing ads, and for features that your school requires. 4. Weebly. This site offers many of the same drag-and-drop systems as Wix, but doesn't hit you up for money when you want to improve the site. Instead, it charges you a fixed monthly fee, which can help your school budget for it. All the actions needed to build a site can be accessed through easy-to-use widgets. You can use the totally free version but you may be limited in the things you want to do. Those are the ones we like the best. If you've used any of them to build a website and have additional comments on them, let us know. That's the whole point of being a part of the International Educators community! cc 2017 InternationalEducators.com
  14. From the American School: Dear Parents, I am sure that by now you will all have heard and seen reports coming through the media stating that the Russian authorities have closed the Anglo American School, Moscow campus. Senior Russian officials have refuted this story. The school is planning to open as scheduled following the New Year break. Please be assured that our primary concern remains the welfare and education of our students. We will keep you updated through e-mails, postings on our website and if it is urgent through SMS. Best wishes, Ian Forster Director Anglo American School of Moscow and St Petersburg
  15. Reports are now coming in that the school has not been closed. Anyone with updated information, please post.
  16. In retaliation for sanctions imposed by the US Government for hacking into the recent elections, Moscow hit back and one of their sanctions was to close the Anglo-American School in Moscow which has around 1,200 students. It is privately run but chartered jointly by the US, Canada and British Embassies. Anyone on the ground heard from school officials? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4075176/Putin-closes-Anglo-American-school-President-Obama-announced-new-sanctions.html Here is the school website: https://www.aas.ru/
  17. Educators are the only people who lose sleep over other people's children!
  18. With the New Year, many international educators are going to start thinking about new places to teach. Other teachers who have never taught internationally before will start thinking about teaching internationally, and wondering where to do so. Location is so important – because your quality of life has a direct bearing on how your overall teaching experience will be. The truth is though that there can never be a definitive guide to international education spots. Where to teach to have the best experience is very fluid, and varies from year to year. That's why we were happy to see that the International TEFL Academy recently published their guide to the best places for international educators in 2017. We want to share the list with you, along with some brief explanations. 1. China. Free housing and high salaries plus low costs mean that it's possible for teachers to save as much as $1,000 a month while teaching there. Plus, having China on your CV is a huge positive for future employment. 2. Spain. The country with the largest demand for English-speaking teachers in all of Europe. Because their economy is sluggish, a priority is put on learning English so students can compete internationally. This means English teachers are paid OK and are shown a great deal of respect. However, it is not a place to earn a great income as the tax rates are high. 3. South Korea. A beautiful country where teachers are well paid and treated with respect. While not quite as exotic as China, teachers here can save a similar amount per month while having a great time. All in all, more international teachers say they can save more money per month in Korea than in any other Asian country. 4. Brazil. Beautiful beaches, friendly people and a government that has put a high priority on learning English means great opportunities. Plus, you can easily travel all through South America during long breaks. Most of the opportunities are at language schools and you must be very careful which one you choose as some are scams but there are many reputable ones to be found. 5. Turkey. The climate of Greece, but in a country that has a real economy. The huge demand for English teachers means you can negotiate a great salary and benefits package. In past years, it was considered very safe compared to other Middle Eastern countries. But, in recent days, the terrorist attacks that plague the region also have started to plague this great country. 6. Taiwan. If you like the idea of teaching in China but don't want to deal with the political baggage of doing so, Taiwan is a great compromise. You'll still be able to save tons of money, and there are beautiful beaches. 7. Czech Republic. This is the country of choice for people who want a long-term EU visa. Just by accepting an English-speaking job in the republic, you can get a multiple-year visa that will allow you to live anywhere in Europe. 8. Colombia. The drug wars are over, but because they left the country with a bad reputation it is hard for schools to recruit international educators. Today it is a peaceful and beautiful country where you can negotiate a great salary and benefits package. 9. Nicaragua. Another country with a bad reputation because of its past, Nicaragua is a beautiful, nearly tourist-free South American country to teach English, with many job openings. 10. Vietnam. With thousands of schools that need English teachers, a thriving economy, high salaries and low prices, Vietnam can be a dream place to teach and lie on the beach. cc 2016 InternationalEducators.com
  19. Hi Maz I taught in Saudi for 2 years and before that was in the UAE for 4 years. Id say it all depends on your city and school as to how it is e.g are you on a compound? Outside of a compound you will have to wear an abaya and may be asked to cover your hair especially in Riyadh, Jeddah is more liberal in that respect. I'd definitely say research the school and check out reviews or talk to teachers working there before making a decision. I know people who've taught there for years and others who only managed a few months. Is there anything in particular you'd like to ask?
  20. If you are thinking about teaching abroad, the first thing you have to consider is where you want to be an educator. Just like in real estate, it all comes down to “location, location, location.” For some people, it's all about where they can make the most money. For others, though, it's about where they can have the most fun and enjoy themselves. If you are in the latter group, then by far the hottest place to teach in is Thailand, where you will be living in paradise and having the time of your life. Here's some of the main reasons that so many teachers choose Thailand when they are ready to become international educators. 1. While the salaries are not as high as in South Korea or Saudi Arabia, the cost of living is very low, and you'll be able to live a very good life on what you'll be making. 2. There are many, many schools in Thailand looking for international educators, so you'll have your pick of the type of school where you want to teach. 3. You'll be living in one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Nearly every day is gorgeous. And the beaches will blow your mind. 4. It's easy to travel to interesting parts of the country and neighboring countries so you can build up a wealth of cultural experiences. 5. There is a rich social scene. You'll easily be able to meet potential friends – and more. 6. Speaking of which, if you are part of the queer community, the LGBTQ scene is a deep part of the culture. Thais even believe in a third gender, so if you don't present in a gender-conforming way, you'll be accepted. 7. It's easy to travel to neighboring countries during your time off. 8. If you are into partying and having fun, there is a healthy expat scene in all of the major cities. 9. You'll come back home with amazing stories! 10. By being part of a culture that is very different from the West, you'll gain a wealth of cultural understanding that will serve you well when teaching in other countries. cc 2016 InternationalEducators.com
  21. Hi My name is maz and am currently teaching in Kuwait. Does anyone have experience in teaching in Saudi?
  22. There are many reasons to decide to teach abroad. Being able to travel is a main motivator for many people. But it's not the only one – being able to make and save money can be a huge factor for many as well. If that's the case for you, then your best bet is to look at schools in the Middle East, where cash rains on teachers like pennies from heaven. Let's face it – salaries for educators in the United States are very low these days. Anyone trying to save money while teaching in America is going to have a very hard time. The money teachers make has never been great, and has gotten worse over the years because it doesn't keep up with inflation. But there are countries that have continued to value education, and are willing to pay for it. This is particularly true in the Middle East. Countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE know that their students need to understand American English if they are going to be able to get good jobs and compete in the global marketplace. They also know that many teachers are wary of coming to their countries to teach and would rather end up in Europe, South America or the Far East. To attract decent teachers, they budget for higher salaries. Getting $4,000 a month or more is an attainable goal. While many teachers at the top international school are making more than $9,000 a month tax free. These schools also tend to work with you to keep your expenses low, often with free health care, housing and other benefits. The combination of a high salary but fewer bills means that it's very easy to put money in the bank and save up. What a fair number of international educators do is start out by teaching in the Middle East, so that after a few years they have a large nest egg. Then they move on to schools in more traditional regions with lots of money in the bank they can use for travel. There are, of course, a few caveats. Living in the Middle East can be stressful for women and members of the gay and lesbian community, because these countries are not as progressive. They also shun alcohol, so if you like to drink, these schools may not be for you. Middle Eastern schools also tend to want proof of professional experience and certifications, so you'll have to make sure your resume is impressive. All that aside, however, if your primary goal is to make and save money, looking at Middle Eastern schools is a great idea. The money is there for the taking – and you'll end up with an experience on your CV that will make you very attractive to other schools when you are ready to move. cc InternationalEducators.com
  23. East Carolina University has a wonderful program that is part of their East Asian Cohort. It is an EdD that is geared for professionals willing to spend two weeks in Bangkok each summer and then two semesters online. Each summer, the group meets at the Thai-Chinese International School for two weeks. The online work is challenging but very rewarding. I just finished my second term with the group and I have been very impressed with the professors, the program and the amount of individual attention I get from the teachers. The professors are very motivated to teach groups of teachers wanting to be active researchers. Here is a blurb from their site. Check the link below for full program details. ECU is a member institution of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). This group is focused on making the EdD a true doctoral degree for practitioners. As such, the aim is to create an experience that honors the time and wisdom of full-time practitioners coupled with a learning experience that will ultimately improve one’s practice. At ECU we have created a CPED inspired program that is three years—all in. That is, the course work and “problem of practice” (AKA dissertation or capstone project) are embedded throughout the individually or in teams. This new EdD has been successfully piloted with a cohort in North Carolina where the 3 year completion rate was 90%. The national 7 year average is less than 40%! Our uniquely designed EdD is tailored to meet the needs of full time practitioners. Program features include: A 3 Year Degree Program Including Dissertation On-line Fall and Spring Courses Two Week Face-to-Face Component each Summer in Bangkok (Last 2 Weeks of June) Face-to-Face Dissertation Coaching (Scheduled Individually) http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/leed/EdD-Int.cfm
  24. One question that pops up from time to time when I talk to other educators and potential educators is whether they should get Google Education certifications. It's a fair question. After all, there are multiple ways for teachers to get certified, certificates and endorsements. Isn't the TOEFL enough, for example? Why get a Gifted and Talented Certificate? Why spend time learning about how Lucy Calkins teaches reading and writing? My response is always this: If you want to be competitive and become the best teacher you can be, these days getting at least one Google Education certification is essential – and you probably want to get more than one. The truth is that most traditional certification programs are based on old teaching models and technology. But if you've even been near a classroom lately, you know those are outdated. These days, up-to-date technology is at the heart of engaging with students and making the most out of your time with them. Employers know this, and the best schools are always looking for people who understand how to use that technology to improve the classroom experience and the overall reputation of their school. I cannot think of one interview I’ve had where I haven’t been asked how I incorporate technology in the classroom. Every school wants to know how you use technology to enhance student learning. This means that having Google Education Certification will make your resume or CV stand out. You will be known as someone who can provide the school with an understanding of the modern technology of teaching, and help other educators get up to speed as well. You'll also feel comfortable with the technology itself, which makes your working day considerably easier and your methods much more effective. Many schools rely on Google for Education as part of their daily life. Teachers use Google Classroom to make assignments, grade tests, communicate with parents, etc. These things have a learning curve and the best way to learn is from Google itself and from other education professions. Once you get certified, you can encourage your co-workers to get certified as well by demonstrating the advantages to them. This will help your school grow in technological knowledge. It will also help to create a learning environment that supports collaborative networks. Creating small communities of learning is important in creating a school environment that grows together. You have many options to get Google Certification. Google has classes and videos that aid in this certification. Check out: https://www.google.com/edu/training/ Also, many teachers find that weekend workshops are a great way to learn the newest and most advanced technology. Check to see if a Google Summit is going to be in your area: http://www.appsevents.com/ Overall, there is no reason not to get Google Education Certifications, and many compelling reasons to achieve them. Why not get started now, and help yourself grow your professional future? cc 2016 InternationalEducators.com
  25. Here at International Educators, we're always looking for people to review the international schools where they have worked at or are currently working. And there's a good reason – these reviews are the most vital part of our community, and are our top priority. The truth is that there are hundreds of international schools out there, and some are much better than others. We've all heard stories about well-known nightmare schools with terrible administrations and working conditions. People need to know about the problems with these schools before they move to another country and get stuck in a contract that will do nothing but make them miserable. On the other hand, there are also lesser-known schools that are well run, great to work at, and actively help their teachers grow in their profession. It's important to help get the word out about these schools so they can attract new, highly qualified professionals. That said, at the end of the day, the reviews are not simply a matter of whether a school is awful or great. Most international schools fall somewhere in the middle. What matters is whether a school is going to be a good fit for a given person. This is where reviews really matter – because they paint a picture of the experience of teaching at that educational institution. What is important to one educator might be trivial to another. Some are mostly concerned about being able to save money. Others are motivated by the ability to travel to interesting places during their time off. Total academic freedom may be the most important thing to you. For someone else, having a nice, clean beach near campus might be considerably more important. The reviews submitted to our community give educators and potential educators a snapshot so they can apply to a school with their eyes wide open. In fact, it's the only way people can find out which schools to apply to and which to avoid. Most schools promise to be all things to all people, and you can't really trust what the administration tells you before you get there. Nobody wants to end up thousands of miles from home, in an environment they can't stand, working for people they are not comfortable with. Every time someone writes a review, it helps protect other people from that type of experience. And, at the end of the day, helping each other out is what our forums are all about! cc InternationalEducators.com
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