Thursday, 29 November 2012

Job Site: Joy Jobs

International school jobs can be found at Joy Jobs. Their site isn't free, you'll have to pay about $40 per year to see the jobs, but some people say that it's well worth it. They've got a sample list of jobs available. The recruitment section isn't available to those who haven't paid, so I'm not sure if it's an international school job fair or something else. Chances are it's a job fair.

The downside to this site is that they really want you to buy a subscription. I also don't think it's too well organised either. However, there are some who really like the site. So take a look and see what you think.


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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Cool Link: Squigly's Playhouse


If you teach preschool, you've got to take a look at Squigly's Playhouse. From games to crafts, brain teasers, season and holiday to writing, you'll find lots of material here. It's free and updated pretty often. If you're looking for more worksheets, they've got an affiliated site: Squigly Jr that has shapes, letters, numbers and more. So take a look at the site, you're sure to find something that you can use in class.


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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Quick Tip: Bring Treats For Your Students

I'm sure you remember getting treats at school from your teachers. So why not do the same for your students? You can give candies, cookies, candy canes, coffee, or hot chocolate out during the holidays or just because. It's always nice to get a surprise, so try bringing a bag of goodies to your next class. Just beware of allergies. peanuts, milk, soy, and strawberries are some common ones.


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Monday, 26 November 2012

Cool Link: StoryPlace

Part of the Charlotte Mechklenburg Library, StoryPlace has great material in English and Spanish for young learners and primary students.

They've got themes for the pre-school library as well as online stories and activities as well as take home activities and reading lists. They've got useful info for parents as well. For example, if you go to the primary section, you'll find activities, tales, and reading lists. Reading is great and it's becoming overlooked due to technology, but StoryPlace is a great way to merge these two.



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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Hot Topic: Class Tattletails

While they may call themselves class leaders, they often turn out to be class tattletails. Perhaps more common in Asia, in particular, in China, these class leaders are responsible for letting the admin know what's going on it class. While it might be helpful if they talk to the admin about problem students, they just might also tattle on you.

Even though you can't get rid of these class leaders, you can get them on your side. I'm not saying that you should give them special treatment, but you should recognise the fact that they do have a bit of power over you. As such, you should give them more responsibility. Perhaps arrange a meeting with them after class for a couple minutes.

You could talk about problem students and also ask for suggestions on how to improve the class. It's not so farfetched to ask students for feedback and when you have the class leader on your side, your job is probably that much more secure.


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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Job Site: Butler

If you're looking to move up the career ladder and land a university job, try taking a look at Butler. While they don't have job listings, they have lists of universities around the world.

While some universities don't appreciate cold calling, others don't mind. Who knows, you might get a jump start on everyone else and get your CV out there before they even place the advert.


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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Cool Link: Hot Potatoes


Hot Potatoes has been around for a bit and it's got 6 applications for you to use.You can make interactive multiple choice, short answer, jumbled sentence, crossword, marching / ordering and gap fill exercises. It's simple, yet uses technology, so it should interest a lot of your students.


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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Quick Tip: Making It Easy For Students To Get In Contact With You

With all the technology out there, it's hard not to get in touch with someone. Yet at the same time, you might want to limit how much information you give out to your students. While some teachers give their students all their contact info, down to their Facebook, others are more careful about how much information they give out.

I personally give students an email account that I use just for work (not my work account since I never check it) and my office phone number. That's it. I don't give out my personal email or my cell phone.

I certainly don't friend students on Facebook. If you're going to friend students on Facebook you might want to consider waiting until they finish your class and seriously limiting how much information they can see.

While technology is a good thing, there can be too much of a good thing and you should be careful when  mixing your personal life with your work.


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Monday, 19 November 2012

Cool Link: Sparkle Box

If you teach primary school or young learners, you're going to love this site. Sparkle Box has thousands of products that you can download: all for free.

Choose from literacy, numeracy, topics, signs and labels, classroom management, and other resources and you're on your way to finding great resources for your classroom.  Towards the bottom, they also have photos, books, foreign languages, a sharing zone, info for parents, subjects, CDs / DVDs, and Key Stage 2.They also have great themes, such as Christmas that are well worth checking out.


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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Hot Topic: Cameras in the Classroom

While not all schools are using cameras, more and more of those that work with children are. Some have hidden cameras and others are easy to spot. These cameras might be simple, or state-of-the-art so that parents can see what's happening in real time.

Many people think that cameras are great, but others feel that their employers don't trust them. They feel that any little thing that they do can be used against them. Those that are for cameras think that they're being used to protect the children.


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Friday, 16 November 2012

Getting Residency to Open an English School in Taiwan

A friend in Korea has been looking at going to Taiwan. You can get permanent residency in Taiwan after five years whereas in Korea you have to jump through hoops to get residency even if you've lived there for 20 years. After you have residency you can open your own school. On Taiwan's official website they have info about permanent residency.

Article 10  
A national without registered permanent residence in the Taiwan Area may apply to National Immigration Agency for permanent residence if he/she meets one of the following conditions:

1. He/She, who is the applicant, the applicant's spouses or minor children as stated in Subparagraphs 1 to 11 of Paragraph 1 of the preceding Article, have been granted residence and their original qualifications for residence remain unchanged after having continuously resided or having resided in the Taiwan Area for a certain period of time. Where they reside in the Taiwan Area pursuant to Subparagraph 2 or Subparagraph 8 of Paragraph 1 of the preceding Article, they shall not be subject to continuous residence or residence for a certain period of time.

2. Was or is born in overseas, resides in the Taiwan Area and has registered his/her permanent residence at a household registry in the area. The person is at the age of twenty (20) or up.

A person, who has applied for registered permanent residence in the Taiwan Area pursuant to Subparagraph 1 of the preceding paragraph, shall have been married for three (3) years and over if his/her qualification results from marriage. He/She may not be exempted from the preceding requirement unless his/her children have been born during the marriage. A continuous residence or residing in the Taiwan Area for a certain period of time as provided in Subparagraph 1, Paragraph 1 is regulated as follows: 1. A person who files an application pursuant to Subparagraphs 1 to 9, Paragraph 1 of the preceding Article shall reside in the Taiwan Area for one (1) year continuously; reside in the area for full two (2) years and two hundred and seventy (270) days or up each year; or reside in the area for full five (5) years and one hundred and eighty-three (183) days or up each year. 2. A person who files an application pursuant to Subparagraph 10 or Subparagraph 11, Paragraph 1 of the preceding Article shall reside in the Taiwan Area for three (3) year continuously; reside in the area for full five (5) years and two hundred and seventy (270) days or up each year; or reside in the area for full seven (7) years and one hundred and eighty-three (183) days or up each year.

Where a national without registered permanent residence goes abroad during the period of residence mentioned in the preceding Paragraph with the dispatch or the approval of the government and is provided with evidential documents with respect to the dispatch or the approval, the period of his/her residence shall not be deemed to be interrupted. The period of going abroad also shall not be accumulated for the period of residence in the Taiwan Area. Where a national without registered permanent residence, whose relative with registered permanent residence in the Taiwan Area is deceased during the period of the national’s residence, or who is divorced from the person with registered permanent residence in the Taiwan Area during the period of the national’s residence and applied for residence in the Taiwan Area because of his marriage with the person, has resided continuously or for a certain period of time in the area and shall execute the rights and obligations for bearing subsistence of his/her minor children with registered permanent residence in the Taiwan Area, he/she can still apply to National Immigration Agency for registration of permanent residence in the area and shall not be restricted by the condition that his/her qualification for residence must remain unchanged, as provided under Subparagraph 1, Paragraph 1.

An application for registered permanent residence in the Taiwan Area shall be made within two (2) years after the continuing residence or residing in the area for a certain period of time, save the circumstances set forth in the exceptions under Subparagraph 1, Paragraph 1. The spouse and the minor children of the applicant shall apply for registered permanent residence in the Taiwan Area together with the applicant or after obtaining the permits for registered permanent residence.

Where a national without registered permanent residence is permitted to register his/her permanent residence in the Taiwan Area within thirty (30) days, he/she shall handle a household registration at a household registry where a household registration is predetermined to take place. After the period of thirty (30) days, National Immigration Agency shall repeal his/her permit of registered permanent residence.

The competent authority shall enact regulations governing the application for entry by a national without registered permanent residence, an application procedure for residence or an application procedure for registered permanent residence, documentation which shall be prepared, types of certificates to be issued, effective periods of certificates and other matters which must be complied with.

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Job Site: Academic Careers Online

If you're looking for a job in academia, then Academic Careers Online is a great place to start. Whether it's a position as faculty, teachers, post doc, adjunt, administrator, or management, they have positions in colleges, universities, research institutes, and schools around the world.

You can search according to category, location, salary, or type of position. Check out this site today if you're looking to advance your career.


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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Cool Link: Gayle's Preschool Rainbow

Created for preschool and kindergarten teachers, the website Gayle's Preschool Rainbow has lots of themes and activities that you can use in your classroom. Alphabet, animals, counting, seasons, the five senses, family, and arts and crafts are just a few of the themes available. In addition, you can find rhymes, songs, games, circle activites and more. It's a colourful site that's updated often so you'll be sure to find something to use in your class.


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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Quick Tip: Open Book Grades

Open-book management is taking the world by storm and there's no reason why this method can't be carried into the classroom. Students deserve to know how they're being graded and what their grades are. They shouldn't be surprised when the end of the term comes.

While it's not necessary to hand your gradebook over to your students, you can have them keep track of their grades. By doing this, you're creating responsible students and as an added plus, they won't be coming to you all the time asking you about their grades.

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Cool Link: Literacy Center Education Network

With resources in English as well as foreign languages (Spanish, German, and French) the Literacy Center Education Network has lots of material for you to use for free. From learning letters, numbers, colours, shapes and more, they have educational material for preschoolers and young learners.

They have a section for parents and teachers that will help you make the most of their resources. Within this section they also have info for EFL and ESL students. It's a very simple, well organised site.


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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Hot Topic: Shared Housing

While it's not that common, some employers try to cut costs by having teachers live together. Some people opt to live together if they're friends or partners, but even then it's dodgy. An employer should pay housing for each teacher. Just because two teachers come to work together, doesn't mean that the employer shouldn't give both of them their own housing or a housing allowance.

If you're asked to share housing, tell your boss no politely, but firmly. Most owners of English schools are making hand over fist and don't need to cut corners. Shared housing is ok in university or if it's your choice, however, it shouldn't be imposed on you.

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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Cool Link: Preschool Printables

Continuing on with the preschool theme, we have Preschool Printables. If you're looking for worksheets to use with your young learners, then look no further than Preschool Printables. It's got lots more than worksheets.

You can find resources for awards, games, bulletin boards, calendars, newsletters, lesson plans, and a lot more. The downside? It's not updated that often. Nonetheless, it's free, so you can't really complain.

They've also got a couple sister sites: Preschool Education, Ask the Preschool Teacher, and Preschool Coloring Book, so be sure to check them all out.

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Quick Tip: Create Teams in Class


No matter if you teach kids or adults, using teams in class is a good way to make the class more cohesive. In addition, if you're teaching boys or trying to motivate teens, they love competition, so teams will make them want to participate more.

Using teams has many advantages. For example, if you want your students to work in groups, they will already have a group to go to. Another advantage is that they can get to know each other more if they always work with the same people. Finally, you can use teams competively. You can keep score weekly, semestrely, or yearly. By keeping score, they will be more likely to participate in class, do their homework, or pay attention to class. These are just a couple ideas you can use. Try using teams in your class and you'll be sure to think of more ideas.


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Monday, 5 November 2012

Cool Link: The EFL Playhouse



For those who teach young English Language Learners, The EFL Playhouse has lots of resources for you. From songs, games, fingerplays, rhymes, arts and crafts, printabables and more you can find it all on their site. The website's very well organised, with a drop down list of what you can find at the top. Take a look at The EFL Playhouse the next time you're looking for EFL material for young learners.


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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Hot Topic: Surfing the Net at Work

The internet can be too much of a good thing. I'm sure you've read articles about how productivity is dropping in the work place due to the internet. Surfing the net, checking email, and chatting are just a few of the ways people are getting distracted.

The same holds true for teachers. While it's pretty hard to surf the net while teaching, while in the office, you can easily get distracted even though you're trying to do something productive, like looking for lesson plans or grammar tips.

So what can you do? Limit the time you spend online. Only check your email once or twice a day and use a separate email for work. Try using a stopwatch to make sure you don't spend too much time online.

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Friday, 2 November 2012

Job Site: TESOL dot net


A bit busy, TESOL dot net (aka The Linguistic Funland TESL Page) has resources for teachers and students of English. The job section is a bit sparse. They have two sections: the first is the recent job announcements on TESOL dot net (there really aren't many at all) and the second is links to other job search sites.Some of these job search sites are over a decade old, so might not even exist anymore. All in all, I'd pass on this site. It's old and out of date and there are much better job sites out there.


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Thursday, 1 November 2012

Bringing Your Family When You Move Abroad

Here are some useful articles I wrote about bringing your family with you when you move abroad.

Got kids?

Single parent?

Want to bring a non-teaching spouse or partner? 

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