Taiwan English Teaching Assistant: Things I Learned in My First Five Months of Teaching

from Kinmen, Taiwan It is almost time for us to go on our 2 ½ week vacation for Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) and I wanted to share some things I learned in my first few months of teaching English in Taiwan. Think inside the box- In my first month of teaching I felt pressured to [...]

Precision is the Key: My Experiences as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Taiwan

  At JinNing Elementary School, there are no custodians. I arrive on my bike each morning around 8:15 to find students, from pre-school to sixth grade carrying out their daily morning cleaning chores, frolicking throughout the school yard raking leaves, mopping floors, or collecting trash. It’s funny to see the students playing in the sudsy [...]

Recharging Your Teaching Battery

I'm standing on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, far away from wifi and cell service and anything familiar at the start of my summer vacation. I'm fascinated with the lighting strikes and thunderstorm moving rapidly along the opposite rim. Amateur photographers snap images in 20 second intervals, trying to capture an unforgettable moment [...]

The New Teacher in a New Country, and Year 9 in IB Geography

By Guest Writer Melissa Kandido Melissa Kandido teaches IB Art, IB History, IB English, & IB Geography for middle and upper grades at the Windhoek International School in Windhoek, Namibia.  She is sharing with us her experiences and adventures this year as an international educator and IB teacher.   Joining  a school community from a point [...]