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  2. Welcome Kimberly. It is a bit quite here but we are working on an addition to the site.
  3. My name is Kimberly Watts. I have a BA in English and Literature and a Masters in English and Writing. I am an American but I have taught English in Mexico for a decade at a university and plenty of private schools (ESL teachers usually have multiple jobs in Mexico). I recently joined this site to network with other educators around the world and to look for teaching opportunities as I am working on a doctorate in Education with a specialty in English Language Learners. I want to work with different types of students to develop a learning program with curriculum for an L1, L2, and L3 (L1, English, and Spanish). I look forward to hearing from other teachers who might have advice or teaching opportunities abroad. Kimberly Watts
  4. Hello- I have been currently teaching overseas (Middle East/North Africa area) for the last four years and look forward to connecting with other educational professionals worldwide. I left the states after 23 years public school teaching with the hope that I would be able to broaden my professional experience. So far, I am disillusioned and especially during Covid I find myself very isolated and stuck. Hope to hear from others.
  5. Reflecting on and highlighting all the key moments of your school experience. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mjW-NTFs9PAh4R5cmPUdHCObXO0Bw-RHd9yLNdqGonE/edit?usp=sharing
  6. Here is a 5th Grade Poetry Slide Hyperdoc that is colorful and fun for students. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Yo52mfKhjfaB43uhpoSqofp6NTFHCxwHeUBy9X5FeeY/edit?usp=sharing
  7. Ending the school year is a great opportunity to see your students in a new way. This cool Hyperdoc is a fun way to encourage writing and creativity. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SNoRoC3Zygiiy1e7QjdQwPe5fJCBlmkdJ1DIsAoy0vg/edit?usp=sharing
  8. Google Jamboard works fine, which has been my major online whiteboard app for years. students can pull up your whiteboard and interact with it if you let them. Simplifies things bc you don't have to share screens with them, and if you have students in class and virtual at the same time, you just draw on your screen at school and it shows up everywhere without screen sharing. I got a xp-pen drawing tablet . I think and I love it. Way better than a mouse, since I can write on the Google Jamboard app. You can draw or write with a mouse, but a tablet is much easier and more natural feeling.
  9. Here is a great resource for A Deep Unit of Character study based on the Units of Study. It lays out everything really well. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1LFlRBOhuYNW9NH9Ah5Zgv_RswZKkgnntQY8G560xv4o/edit?usp=sharing
  10. The American Library Association announced winners of the nation’s outstanding children’s books this week. At the top of the list is “We Are Water Protectors,” a picture book created by two Indigenous women. It was illustrated by Tlingit artist Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom, Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. The selection is history-making, marking the first time an Indigenous person has ever won the Caldecott Medal. The medal is the award for the most distinguished American children’s picture book. https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/the-first-indigenous-caldecott-medal-winner-MRB94wzxuUeVZ3EHKdzP1g
  11. Here is a great Black History Month Hyperdoc. This Black History Month choice board features the lives and stories of Black individuals who should be known by everyone! https://docs.google.com/document/d/14dzuwNIDrM39BOKWCf3aFRfenYf0Ng-3xHNUS5LKjPI/edit?usp=sharing
  12. The 2021 Inauguration Choice Board featuring activities that support design-based learning, higher-order thinking, and media literacy competency development. Check it out! Try it out! Best for middle & high school students, but could be adapted for younger grades. https://docs.google.com/document/d/15-XuZBZOPZfNNzlTzw553iW_eItU51S86ZOgFU36edk/edit?usp=sharing
  13. I find the virtual fairs to be a waste of time. Live and in person is best but that is not going to happen this year. We have to do the best we can in these very unique times. What I hope doesn't happen is that all of these fairs continue to be a waste of time for everyone. If schools are not looking, stop posting. Schrole posted tons of jobs in the past few days but no replies. Is it not respectful to at least offer a letter of acknowledgement?
  14. My wife and I both interviewed with no success. We had great interviews but the schools just seem to be seeing what is out there. For us it is a total waste of time and I hope the other virtual fairs are not the same. The schools were all willing to interview but not really committing to anything. It was disappointing and I reached out to our Search Associate and he said he knew we were not the only ones in the same boat.
  15. I am interested if anyone went to this. How was it for them? Was it productive? Offers given or taken?
  16. Hey, people. My name is Ben, and I have been abroad twelve years as a teacher. I have had an amazing experience, albeit riddled with moments of profound desperation, humour, and more memorably, cultural differences. I know you have all had the same experience, and I am sure you would love the world to know! I want to collect stories from international teachers all over the world. The stories are going to be for a book: think Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul, but these stories are not going to be sugar coated, uplifting, epithets of positivity; I want these stories to show the true struggle that international teachers have. We have all had Draconian school owners, outlandish parents, incredible students who triumph over adversity at home etc. I want to hear your stories, and get these published so the world can see that international teaching life is not as easy as they all think! I think the book will need essay length memoirs of crazy moments in your international teaching lives - connected to teaching preferably, though I am open to hearing stories related to just the country you live or lived in. You will receive full named credit (if advisable!) in the book, and a mention in the thank-yous. This could even open up a new writing career as a teacher! If the story is strong, and the book gets published, there could be some compensation too. Please contact me at mrbenrice@gmail.com with a short synopsis of your memoir, and I will see if it is useable.
  17. Hello, there! I am Ben, and I have lived and taught English language arts and EAL for 12 years in countries such as Egypt, Qatar, USA, China, and Vietnam. I am now in Spain working on an education consultancy with my wife, who is also a teacher. I am here to reach out to other like-minded educators and share stories and ideas. Hope everyone is surviving the 2020 apocalypse okay! Ben.
  18. The Thai-Chinese International School needs two Middle School English Language Arts Teacher and three Elementary School teachers with Reading and Writing Workshop Experience. We are a great school in an amazing city. It is a great opportunity for someone to get introduced to international teaching. We are looking for US Certified educators for three Elementary School positions and two Middle School ELA positions. Please email a full resume and letter of interest to: michael@tcis.ac.th http://www.tcis.ac.th
  19. Anything you say to the wise will make them wiser.

    Whatever you tell the righteous will add to their knowledge.

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