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Prospects for an Experienced Teacher Couple New to International Teaching?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by TeacherMan2019, Jul 13, 2019 at 3:40 PM.

  1. TeacherMan2019

    TeacherMan2019 New commenter

    First off - kudos to everyone on this board for creating the best overall international teaching resource that I've found online. Sincerely appreciate folks taking the time to genuinely answer questions and let others benefit from their experience.

    After lurking around for a few days, I decided to put my questions directly to all of you. Unfortunately, given my lack of international experience, I'm not sure what I can offer in return other than my gratitude. If anyone has any questions about coming over to Canada, I can probably get those answered for you!

    So here's the deal. My wife and I are both 31-year-old Canadian teachers (no children, no plans for any). She has five years in teaching early years (primary). I've got nine years under my belt teaching a variety of senior years (secondary) humanities courses, with a unique focus on personal finance and entrepreneurship in recent years. Without boring everyone with the rest of our CVs, I'll just say that we have extensive extracurricular backgrounds and I have an M.Ed. My questions are:

    1) What can we do in the next year to shine up our CVs to make ourselves as attractive as possible? I'm hearing that paying for a couple of IB courses out of pocket would help us check that "IB box" to a small degree, despite the fact we won't actually have taught an IB course when we apply.

    2) There are obviously some excellent, well-paying jobs all over the world. (I've looked at them on SA and ISC!) We believe that we'd like to focus on Asia (given that I don't think I could do the Middle East's climate, and the decent-paying European jobs are incredibly competitive). Without any international experience, is it reasonable to think that we would have a crack at some of the top schools in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, or Japan? Perhaps the "2nd tier" of schools just under the very top-paying options in those countries?

    3) Would anyone care to PM me in regards to what teaching in various parts of China is like? I have a friend that teaches at a non-international school in Shenzen and while he liked the city, wasn't a big fan of the school. I'm thinking the pollution levels in Beijing might take that one out of the running for me, but how about say Guangzhou or Shanghai? Are the pollution levels similar there? Compensation relative to the front runners I listed?

    Thanks again for your help and expertise!
  2. frogusmaximus

    frogusmaximus Occasional commenter

    Cannot really answer your questions but think you will be much in demand. Schools love teaching couples as it saves them money. With your masters, you'd even have a crack at headships is some of the smaller schools too. It's a pre-requisite for the visa in the country in which i live but . . . sadly doesn't guarantee you can do the job if the last 3 Principals i've worked under are any guide. Put simply, out of their depth and lacking the skill set. ;)
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  3. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Hello. One or two misguided people try to contact an ancient and smelly swamp-dwelling beast that is rumoured to wander around this TES forum. (No, I am not referring to my froggy friend.) Anyway, TeacherMan2019, I have sent you one of those "Conversation" thingies and so you need to click on your avatar and you will find it in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  4. TeacherMan2019

    TeacherMan2019 New commenter

    @frogusmaximus oh no worries I'm under no illusions that academic credentials are any indicator of competence. Simply a way to get my foot in the door. Thanks for your sentiments. Good to know that the lack of IB experience won't necessarily hold us back!
  5. mummalea

    mummalea New commenter

    Hi there, you might like to try some of the 'international' schools in Malaysia if you're looking at South East Asia. IB experience seems to be getting more popular there, but they also love A levels in KL for foreign university applications. Either way, if you're not up to speed on either discipline, the schools often buddy you up with staff who are, pay for courses or let you just dive right in anyway. All the best!
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  6. TeacherMan2019

    TeacherMan2019 New commenter

    Thanks @mummalea - It's not that I'm worried about being able to teach any particular curriculum (or maybe more accurately: withing a specific curriculum framework). It's more to the tune of what do I need to get on my CV to get a foot in the door. Maybe it sounds pompous, but I don't think that teaching inquiry-based education to a room full of motivated students will be all that difficult relative to what I've been doing the last ten years - it doesn't really matter what we label it haha.
  7. frogusmaximus

    frogusmaximus Occasional commenter

    Surprised any of us know what we're doing to be honest given the even changing demands and latest 'mumbo jumbo' (Hippo will like that term) i've been fed at in house 'training' sessions for the last decade.

    Anyone ever heard of 'butchers' paper? Apparently if i'm not using it, i'm not doing things right by my kids, or so I was informed a year or two ago. Funny as I thought their were more than two ways to skin a cat but i guess being trendy keeps some on the 'captains deck'. o_O
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