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Want to move and teach in New Zealand - how??

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by wolls, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. freestylegirl

    freestylegirl New commenter

    Thanks for your advice.
    I'm too old for a WHV although husband has one and a job so we can live on his wage at the moment, but I will double check the visa requirements.
    I don't think my subject is specialised (D&T food), there just aren't many jobs in Auckland where I have to stay due to husband's job! All the ones I applied for were LTR and yes, I scour the Ed Gazzette and am looking for anything, even teacher aide.
    I have lots of yr 7 and 8 experience across all D&T material areas, I hadn't thought of primary though or trekking round schools. Do I make appointments first or just turn up with my CV?
    Thanks again
  2. mrswallow

    mrswallow Occasional commenter

    If you can handle Yr7 and Yr8, you may be in with a shout in a primary setting. I can't tell you one way or the other about just turning up or booking an appointment. Ring the school and speak to them and see what each one says.

  3. For year 7/8 you want to look for intermediates. Some of these schools are technology 'hubs' where Yr 7/8 kids from other schools come once a week or so for technology lessons. Ordinary primaries don't have specialist teachers (except the odd music or ICT in a wealthy area).
    They generally take Food Technology, Soft Materials Technology (formerly known as sewing) and Hard Materials Technology (woodwork and metalwork). Sometimes Electronics or others.
    However I have to say that you very rarely see these jobs advertised. Turnover must be pretty low. But you never know......
  4. Chrissi T

    Chrissi T New commenter

    Okay, my bags are packed, my possessions sold and school has finished. Just frantically catching up with friends now before I go.

    I fly out to Auckland on the 9th to join my other half! Going for an adventure in a camper van for a few weeks first, but then looking to go back to either Auckland or the Bay of Plenty (where there is lots of work for OH).

    If you know of any schools who need a science teacher around that way give me a shout!

    Chrissi t

    ps am sooooooooooooooooooooo excited (but also really quite scared!)
  5. mrswallow

    mrswallow Occasional commenter

    Currently stuck on the West Island due to massive snow dump on the South Island. We will be back by the 9th though, so if you find yourselves on the right side of the right island, give me a shout on here and I'll try and arrange to meet up, drink coffee and chat.
    Good luck with the move, hope it all goes well and maybe see you soon.
  6. mrswallow

    mrswallow Occasional commenter

    Still having a few immigration issues- it wasn't 'officially' noticed that Mrs S' new PR visa in her new Mrs S passport is erm, in her maiden name of Miss S (a different S mind you..) until we were trying to board a plane to come back from Sydney this holiday... Far out. Sydney was nice- especially Taronga Zoo, but it is nice to be home in G'mouth...
  7. Hi,

    Can anyone give me some advice regarding inquiry learning. Have read a little about it but am now getting confused with the fact that there are different models used within this and different schools use different models. I have no actual experience teaching using the inquiry approach specifically - possibly have dipped into it in that I have asked open questions and sometimes have changed what I am teaching because the children have become interested in a particular aspect.

    Really need help in what and how to include teaching using inquiry learning as so many schools mention it. Which is the most popular model used. Any help would be really appreciated.

  8. Hi
    you need to be clear whether it is 'Teaching by Inquiry" or "Inquiry Based Learning" (IBL). For the first download the Revised Curriculum and look at the cycle. For the latter you will find many different interpretations. At our school we use IBL for all our year 9 classes. They have three teachers, stay in one room for most lessons and co-construct their topics with the teachers. For example their Inquiry or fertile question might be The World Cup and the science teacher ticks off assessment objectives around speed of Danny Carter, the English teacher uses objectives around report writing and the Maths teacher might look at points averages.
    I ask teachers at interview about IBL, Ka Hikitia and Te Kotahitanga
  9. This wasn't my question but I am going to rudely butt in. I read the original post and thought yep one of the many things I still need to look into. What a great, to the point, informative answer. Thanks. Haszie
  10. This is a new programme for the whole year group. We trialled it with one class last year. We staff year 9 with a combination of primary and secondary trained staff. In some classes it is basically home room going through thematic in other groups to guided inquiry depending on the expertise of the staff. Guided inquiry is similar to thematic except the students are setting the themes.
  11. I would have to disagree that
    Guided inquiry goes much, much further than that. At its purest, it has the kids constructing their own knowledge by researching the themes themselves and not getting it from the teacher. And the themes don't have to be set by the kids.
    In approach, thematic units and true inquiry learning are worlds apart.
  12. Could I ask a few questions of all those teachers who have already moved to NZ please?
    I am still in process of moving etc and it will be a while longer but from time to time I check the edgaztte to see what is available and any updates for teacher. Anyway, I have noted that all adverts say "must have sound knowledge of NZC" OK, I have a copy of the framework and have digested it but how much knowledge did you have before going to NZ? In the UK I have been Foundation Phase for a few years and have a good knowledge of that, about to embark on special needs this school year with elements of FP and the new curriculum. Is the NZ that different from the UK one? I have been looking into the inquiry learning and while it is always easier when you are involved physically it seems to me to be a (little) like the type of child initiated learning that we have been undertaking in our school within the FP. Now the phrase thinking tools has cropped up. Is this linked to IL as in it is one of the key skills (I think NZ call the components) that is "taught" from nursery to college?
    Many thanks to any replies.
  13. I would interpret thinking tools as devices such as the thinking hats, thinkers keys, scamper etc that help children learn.Inquiry based learning varies a lot according to the age of the children. We would start with a big issue or school wide theme but each class would develop the inquiry according to the questions formed by the children. not sure it that helps at all.

    I haven't looked at this thread for months. I have gone the opposite way. Left NZ and come to London. I did supply teaching since I arrived end of february with a long term placement for the summer term. Very difficult class- i was their 3rd teacher for the year. I survived fortunately. I have a maternity cover position starting mid october so I hope it will be a more docile class. Year 3 so at least they won't be taller than me. i am enjoying looking at the old buildings and museums. not so keen on crowds.
  14. Many thanks Pineapple Sage.
  15. Hi all,
    It's that time of year again. My wife and I have set everything in motion (notice handed in at school) and are ready to go, however, still waiting for a job offer on the other side! Any advice would be gladly appreciated at this stage-I'm a secondary music teacher, by the way. Is there anybody out there like me who has made a successful go of this, particularly recently?

  16. mrswallow

    mrswallow Occasional commenter

    Moving to NZ? Yes. Being a music teacher? Alas, no. Not personally. You'll just have to keep checking the Ed Gazette vacancies and keep applying. Don't be afraid to appy for LTR, as at least it will give you a toe-hold and local references.
  17. Hi,
    Has anyone else been applying for jobs in NZ for over a year. Feel really disheartened at the moment as I have been applying for lots of jobs in all areas of NZ for over a year and haven't even been offered an interview. I've changed my cv and covering letter several times, but still nothing. I have had my teaching qualifications assessed, but can't apply for a visa until offered a job as we haven't enough points. I've even applied to the teaching agency Oasis about a month ago for jobs in Auckland, but they haven't got back to me yet!
    Is it worth continuing - I really want too but just feel so down at the moment.

  18. Hi
    Well I moved out here just over a year ago to Christchurch (haha). The main problems with regard to employment at the moment over here are that a) there aren't that many jobs to begin with, and b) because of the earthquake every music teacher over here who thinks they may be made redundant is applying for every permanant job (the average number of applications per music post is currently over 30)
    Most schools also don't employ on a permanent basis to begin with, particularly it seems with foreign teachers as they do not want to be lumbered with someone who has just moved for the lifestyle and won't put in the hard yards. Therefore they offer LTR's, effectively temporary contracts for at least a year although it may be more.
    Sorry not be more positive at the moment but it really is a case of everyone being 'up in the air' and until people have relocated around NZ then normality won't resume, not for a year or two I'd imagine. Having said that, if you're good enough.....etc. etc, Just need a bit of luck.
    My other impression would be that you are more likely to get a management position, HOD and the like rather than a 'normal' teacher role. That though would obviously depend on your background.

  19. Feel free to send me a PM if you want anymore details or if you think I can help. Got two weeks holiday started today and all the markings done! [​IMG]
  20. Thanks for that gav - had applied to Canterbury for quite a few, but was getting nowhere so I extended it to all of the country. I don't really mind where as I liked the look of all the country. I realise it's different when you're on holiday but just want some experience of working there to see whether I want to emigrate for good. I figure that once I do that then it might be easier for me to find a job in a place I really like. It just seems so difficult to get that first lucky break. Anyway hope you have a fab holiday and thanks again.

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