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  2. I have friends who work in Kenya and love the country. This is a sad piece of news.
  3. This is a very interesting question and one that I do not have a fully formed opinion on. I think that as someone from the deep south in the United States, I grew up mostly around one skin color. Branching out in the world allowed me to realize that there is more than one skin color and as much as I hate to admit it, at first, I was nervous when introduced to different skin colors . Luckily, something within me had a desire to face that fear and get to know those who are different than me. This desire has led me to a mindset different than what I was raised. I think it is beyond important to impress on children, from a young age, that people have different skin colors but it is not a definition of who they are. Maybe, in the Spanish language, coming up with words for different skin tones while emphasizing that it doesn't make another person different. It is just a different way to describe them. I believe in the importance of encouraging children to have an open mind who bases judgement on actions rather than looks. This will allow us to have a more open-minded world and a world that is able to appreciate visual differences instead of choosing to judge the person based on what they look like.
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  5. Morgan Nichols Introduction

    Once you make a first post in the Intro forum, you can post anywhere you wish at any time.
  6. What you have posted are some great examples of learning. For me, I have been living in Costa Rica, a Spanish speaking country for a year. When I first arrived, I spoke 0 Spanish. Now, I can semi-confidently say that I am conversational in my Spanish. It has been a long road of learning and I still have much to learn but here are some things that I have found helpful: 1. Depending on your school situation, you may have locals working at your school. Even if they speak English, choose to interact with them in their native language. It is a safe atmosphere to learn because you are surrounded by people whose profession is to teach others! Also, I have found it is easier for me to understand teachers when they speak Spanish because they are already naturally aware of their speed/clearness in their voice. 2. Listen to the local music. Encourage your students to write down their favorite band that is sung in their native language. This allows you to get to know what type of music your students are listening to. Students usually are excited to help you learn their native language. I have found it is a great way to find connection with your students. 3. Talk to your Uber driver! Some of my best Spanish lessons have been with various Uber drivers. You know that an Uber driver is likely willing to talk since they have a job as a driving service. Also, I have found in Costa Rica that many people want to learn English. This makes it a great opportunity for your driver to speak English to you while you respond in Spanish. 4. Spanishpod101 is a great website for learning Spanish. You listen to many native speakers which is very helpful. 5. Put post-it notes everywhere. In your house, label everything with post-it note vocabulary. That way you are always seeing the vocabulary around your house. I am planning on starting to do it in my classroom as well! I will have students quiz me once in a while on the vocabulary in my classroom. It is a great way to connect. This is what I have found most helpful so far and hope that this information can be helpful to others Also, any other tips would be greatly appreciated!
  7. Morgan Nichols Introduction

    I am happy to as well! I am slightly confused as to the website though. Do I pick a forum and reply to the ones that I would like to reply to? I work at Blue Valley School in San Jose. I will work to provide information about my experience once I get more used to this website
  8. Morgan Nichols Introduction

    Welcome. I love Costa Rica. It is simply beautiful. I don't know of many international schools there. We are happy to have you here to share your experiences!
  9. Morgan Nichols Introduction

    Hello everyone! My name is Morgan and I am currently a middle school world history teacher and a high school US history teacher in San Jose, Costa Rica. I have just finished my first full year teacher and am loving the journey of learning that I am currently on! I am excited to participate in this blog
  10. Win $4,000 USD for the summer of 2018! We are having a Forum Contest at 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 2018! All teachers deserve a wonderful summer and we want to help one person have an extra special summer! The way to enter: 1. Join 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 begins today and goes through May 30, 2018. 4. If you have over 100 posts on May 30, 2018, you will get one entry for each 100 posts. For example, if you have 400 posts on May 30, 2018, 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 2018, we will have a draw 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
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  12. South Korean immigration officials are forcing the closure of an international school that teaches the B.C. curriculum and ordering 14 B.C.-certified teachers to leave the country, according to the B.C. government. The Canada B.C. International School (CBIS) was suddenly ordered out of South Korea on April 11. Immigration officials have ordered it to stay out for a year in the first phase of a crackdown on international schools. B.C.'s Ministry of Education posted an update on the school on April 27. It confirmed that "the school recently confirmed to the ministry that it did not have appropriate local licensing."
  13. Yantai Huasheng International School (YHIS) in Yantai, Shandong Province, is under heavy criticism for the alleged cover-up of the deaths of two Korean students during a field trip. The students, surnamed Cho and Choi, drowned while swimming in the Moei River in Thailand during the school trip on Mar. 24. The school has avoided investigating the incident and refused to pay compensation to the bereaved families. About five people a year drown in the river but the school did not properly educate the students, according to the families.
  14. At the Bourbon Street Cafe at 8:00 PM on Friday, June 2, we drew from a post that included all posters who had written a review since the contest started. The winning person is Gypsy who wrote a review of The World Academy in KAEC, Saudi Arabia. Congratulations Gypsy! I have spoken to the poster and made arrangements for the transfer of money. I hope your summer is better because of the 4k!
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    Hi, I'm Courtney and I have been teaching for 8 years. Half the time over seas and half that time back in Canada. Iam looking for 2018/2019 school year positions. I am pyp trained with additional qualifications in math, spec. Ed, technology and kindergarten. I look forward to meeting other teachers. Good luck, all. Courtney
  16. PYP Art Teacher Intro

    Hello, Naomi-The Search Fair in London, for me, was disappointing. Not a lot of jobs available for art teachers this year. How was the ISS fair in Bangkok? I hope you are doing well here at the end of the school year.
  17. Hi from Asia

    Hi I'm an ESL and art teacher who spent the last 2.5 years in China teaching and am now taking a school year off traveling around Asia. Cheers!
  18. Hello form Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    Welcome Joel What do you think of Kyrgyzstan? I'm traveling there next month. How is living as an expat teacher there?
  19. Greetings from Reynosa, Mexico

    Hi Ruth, I hadn't heard of Class Dojo. Thanks for sharing! PS I went to Reynose several times as a child. My family used to volunteer at an orphanage there. How do you like living there?
  20. PYP Art Teacher Intro

    Hi, I'm also American and an art teacher! How was the Search fair? I attended the ISS fair in Bangkok a few months ago. Are you part of the "international school art teachers" facebook group? It's a great way to connect with other art teachers for ideas, jobs, and PD resources.
  21. 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 2017
  22. 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.
  23. Hallier, that is great. Thank you for adding JIS to the list. 7k a month saved is awesome!
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. No pay for Google. But, they are amazing and what they are offering free for teachers and educators can't be beat!
  27. Greetings from Reynosa, Mexico

    Welcome Ruth. I love Class Dojo. I use it all the time and think it is one of the best tools out there!
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