While the majority of people would admit teaching is a challenging job they wouldn’t really look at teachers as adventurist people. Deep inside most of us who teach is the inner adventurer who looks at our class with sparks in our eyes and thinks, “What can we accomplish this year?”
Deep in their heart most teachers nurture a wonderful sense of exploration. We want to take students to new places through books, science and history. We want to join our students on a journey of education and we see each child’s journey as a unique experience. We get an adrenalin kick from seeing students excel in new subjects and reaching children that haven’t been enjoyed school before.
There is more out there though. International teaching, whether it is at an international school or teaching a language like English, is a true adventure. I have eaten everything from delicious homemade pork dumplings to barbecued grasshopper. I have seen the great wall and learned to enjoy Korean food with my students. I have celebrated Mother’s Day by helping students make cards with mother written in as many different languages as you could imagine in one classroom. I have gone to educational conferences in Malaysia, Singapore and Beijing. I could continue with this list until I had no more room to write.
It is not only these experiences that made my time an adventure but also the times when I got lost in a taxi in the middle of nowhere and the times I had to travel to Hong Kong to renew my visa. The time I rode a train overnight to suffer through sub zero temperatures to see the Harbin ice festival for one day, before immediately hopping back on the night train so that I could return in time to teach the next day. I was not at my best teaching my class of five year olds that day!
The cream on top of every one of these experiences, during my time teaching in China, was my colleagues and friends. I could not have survived without them and they made everything that we went through together a great memory that we still laugh over whenever we have the chance to get together.
Should you take some time out for your own adventure and teach in an international context?
Of course! Not only will you experience great things but think of the richness you will be able to bring back to the classroom when you return to your home country. Especially for those who have been teaching for a while, it can bring some much-needed spirit back into your classroom. It can help every teacher understand the growing migrant population better.
From a career perspective, it can improve your resume and give you core skills that all employers are looking for. Think teamwork!
Yes! The language experience and cultural learning is extremely valuable for everyone but most especially for children whose brains can develop long-term skills in language learning at an early age.
Picture yourself somewhere else… teaching!
What benefits do you feel international teaching has had for you? Add your thoughts to our comments below.
For more information on how we can help you find international teaching opportunities visit http://staceycollege.com/employment/international-teaching-opportunities/.
Thanks to everyone for your support this year. As you can see from the slow down in blog posts things have got very busy with lots of new students. You can download our newsletter 2 to read about the year.
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.
I love this app. My only complaint with it is there isn’t more of it! It is a new app from a developer that has mostly English language apps. They have promised another 2 categories (animals and numbers), but tell me they will be months away at least.
GAMES: There are 6 different games that all help improve the memorization of numbers – audible and written.
(1) Memory – listen and match the cards.
(2) Bubble – listen and play. Pop the bubbles that correspond to the spoken colour. (My 2 year old loves this one in particular!)
(3) Colour Search – listen and find the colours in the image.
(4) Palette – paint the colour you hear.
(5) Two by Two – connect the same images and hear the word pronounced.
(6) Word bounce – learning characters by hearing and seeing a character and placing it onto it’s corresponding colour.
What I like:
(1) The games are all fun and provide lots of different ways to learn the same material.
(2) There are no ads and it is not trying to sell you a paid version!
Stacey College is pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with Student Uni Travel and Backpackers World Travel. This partnership allows us to offer our students a dedicated travel agency to look after all their travel needs.
Whether it is day tours from Perth or seeing more of Australia or the world. Student Uni Travel has offices all over Australia with staff that speak a number of languages. They are here to help you and make your travelling experience exceptional! Stay tuned for some great study tour packages as we work together with our new partners to come up with some exciting offers!
So drop in the local branch at 236 William St, Northbridge and say hi to Carla and the gang.
Population: 25 Million
Language: Malay (Bahasa Melayu)
Capital: Kuala Lumpur (KL), 1.8 million population.
Population Density: 86.44 people/km2
(1) People Groups: Malay 57%, Chinese and Indians.
(2) Religion: Islam
(3) Plants: Bintagor trees, found only in Sarawak, are believed to contain the properties that could help fight the virus that causes AIDS. Sabah is home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia.
(4) Engineering: Petronas Twin Towers in KL are 451.9m tall, with 88 storeys. Penang Bridge at 13.7km, is the longest Asian bridge.
(5) Food: A popular food is Nasi Kandar.
(6) Geography: The Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, is the largest cave chamber in the world, easily accommodating a Boeing 747-200.
(7) Manufacturing: Intel Pentium chips are produced in Malaysia.
(8) Shopping: The Central Markets, founded in 1888, are famous for Malaysian products with stalls on the first floor and a food court on the second.
(9) Biodiversity: Malaysia is one of the most biodiversse countries in the world, with several engangered species of elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers, tutrtles and orangutans living in the Taman Negara National Park.
(10) Claims to Fame: Formula One Grand Prix Malaysia: was launched in 1999. Is a major tourist attraction.
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‘I should have been a great many things.’ Jo March, Little Women
Before I started working on Stacey College I spent a year losing on the stock market. I have never been so bad at something in my life! Actually I’ve been blessed with reasonable talent at most things I’ve had a go at. I did well at school, well enough at sport, played a few musical instruments, and dabbled in art and photography. When you look at successful entrepreneurs one thing that stands out is their determination to succeed. I can’t say I’ve ever really had this in a positive sense. I have felt an overpowering desire not to fail (that is really what drove my academic success at school). But a determination, a confidence in my own ability to learn, work out solutions, and persevere has been a long time coming. I believe it was born out of failure.
The year I spent ‘learning’ the stock market was frustrating and perplexing. Once a week I would meet with my mentor. He would invariably ask, ‘Have you made a million yet?’ and I would answer with my tales of woe. That year I was faced with continual failure and the option to quit at any time. My biggest battle was facing the voice in my head that kept telling me I was wasting my time, looking foolish, and would never be able to succeed. It was an emotional roller coaster! My mentor taught me about trading, but really set about giving me the tools to become an entrepreneur. I finished the year with a whole new set of skills and the determination to persist and succeed.
When the opportunity to start Stacey College presented itself I felt ready to jump in. I knew that I had stared failure in the face and pulled through. I knew that I had some skills, but more importantly I knew how to learn what I needed to know. The journey so far has been really fun. It’s only been 7 months since the idea was born. We have yet to get a building or any students, but I feel a quiet confidence, that if you check back in with us in 2 years time you will be amazed at what you find.
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