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Telephone teaching/ teaching widely dispersed populations

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by cochiking, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. Anyone else do this? I think there are very few of us in the world. I'd really like to hear from anyone who is a travelling/radio/telephone teacher or teaches in a school in a really remote area with only a few pupils. (I have 4 pupils, all very different ages in my school and one pupil on the telephone)

    Thanks!
     
  2. yasimum

    yasimum New commenter

    I don't travel teaching a widely dispersed geographical population but I am an intinerant teacher of Deaf children. Certainly has its challenges not really belonging anywhere doesn't it. I used to miss being part of a staff that I saw every day when I was younger and wanting to socialise with my colleagues as I always had done. Now I am at a different stage of my life, I appreciate the low level of after school commitments and basically being my own boss.
     
  3. You need to talk to teachers who work for the School of the Air in Australia. One of my old teachers transferred into the organisation. It is actually very big and covers all the children of the families working on the cattle stations in the Outback. Originally they used radios but with the onset of the internet and skype it is all done that way now... almost as good as being in the classroom...
     
  4. Yes, there's an upside and a down side. Sometimes it's lovely knowing that other teachers are in a staff meeting and you can just go home and have a nice hot bath and a glass of wine (especially now when it is winter where I am. However, I have felt a real lack of motivation and pride in my job since I have been doing this- my husband says that I am 'an extrovert' so I get my energy and motivation from other people so spending my days in a portacabin with the same four kids sometimes leads to me feeling very tired and a bit down- would be nice sometimes just to have a coffee and a chat with a colleague.
     
  5. yasimum

    yasimum New commenter

    That is what I was thinking too tafawke. We also have several correspondence schools in Sydney as well servicing itinerant populations like people who are travelling.
     
  6. yasimum

    yasimum New commenter

    Know exactly how you feel. I work one on one and the dynamics that make a class full of kids so much fun just aren't there. The pros outweigh the cons for me though until my daughter is through the teenage years and then maybe I will look to go back to the classroom. Not many teachers I see based in regular schools seem to be having much fun at work though so may rethink that when the time comes.
    Very few staff meetings are a distinct advantage though.
     
  7. Yes that's true about staff meetings and teachers not having fun. Going back into the classroom isn't an option for me- there are no jobs here. I am leaving at the end of our school year in a week and am going to be a part time teaching assistant at the military school (I can't be a teacher there because I'm not SCE registered) which at least means I won't be based an hour and a half away from my husband and two and a half hours away from the nearest town!
    School of the Air is a little different to telephone teaching I think- you are teaching a whole class of pupils over the air, whereas we teach one to one on the telephone. We don't have good internet connections either so can't do Skype unfortunately.

     
  8. yasimum

    yasimum New commenter

    Where on earth are you cochiking, can you say? Sounds intriguing if challenging. I also lived on an island for a year. The gold fish bowl effect wasn't for me. Anonymity suits me just fine.
     

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