Am I cut out for the job? 

the-modern-school-teacherTeaching at times is a thankless job. It can make or break a person and many good teachers leave the profession due to the never-ending torrent of stress that comes their way. The system will chew you up and spit you out and another will take your place. Here is a personal story from a guest blogger, that maybe you can relate to. Continue reading “Am I cut out for the job? “

André Hedlund: How teachers can inspire and be inspired by teaching

Guest blogging for us is André Hedlund with his inspirational story about teaching in Brazil and why being a teacher is so important.

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My name is André Hedlund and I’m a teacher. But I’m not just a teacher. I’m an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in the country that currently holds the 63rd position in science skills, 59th in reading, and 66th in mathematics according to OECD’s PISA survey. These numbers would alone be bad, considering that there are almost 200 sovereign nations in the world, however, they’re even more disastrous when we realize that only 70 nations were assessed. I live in Brazil and I am certainly not proud of my country’s current educational status. Now, if you are reading this, after you finish, take a few moments to check where your country stands and answer yourself the following question: “Am I proud of my country’s position?” If you’re not, I hope my text will help you find the strength to pursue your mission of changing that scenario. If you are, I hope my text will make you realize how much you can contribute to the world’s teaching community and help peers become transformation agents.

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Survival guide: 5 things every teacher should do in the summer

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Summer is coming! Whether we like it or not the year has a habit of going at lightspeed, some months, and a snail’s pace another. With academies and schools closing for the summer and the money drying up, we all need to diversify and find ways to keep ourselves entertained, moving forward and earning a few pennies too. Here are 5 things to do in the summer:

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5 things I have learnt from the Native vs Non-Native debate so far.

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I posted a blog several months ago about this interesting topic. I hadn’t read anything about it beforehand or been asked to write by someone championing the cause, I had simply seen it in Spain, everywhere I looked, and felt that it was not right. Why should my partner, who is a far better teacher than me, not get a job but I should because of my nationality? It baffled me, after all, ‘teachers are made not born’, but apparently I had serendipitously been born in the right place and been afforded unworthy privilege as a result.

I have been following this topic for several months now, since I published my article, and although just a small time, in the grand 60 years of discrimination that has taken place, I have in fact learnt several things about the topic and I feel I should share them:

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New Facebook Group for EFL teachers!

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After the minor success of our blog; we decided that we wanted to start a Facebook Group where people can post their blogs, whether they are established ones or new ones, about EFL teaching as well as teaching resources. It would be a great place for people to start discussions and ask questions about working as an EFL teacher. We want to read your blogs and we want them all in one place. We don’t have many members yet (….7) but we thought it’d be worth a try. Here’s the link enjoy! (There are no cookies)

Teacher Burnout

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Unfortunately this term is not as common as it should be. It can affect anyone at any time and is no different to work related stress or simply being pushed too hard day after day until you break. It is in fact all too common in the EFL world as bosses push employees to their limits day in day out until they either quit or are replaced.

Everybody’s different and some are affected more than others but the toll it can take on people’s lives, no matter how small, are quite frankly unacceptable. Most bosses turn around and say if you can’t handle it then quit, others may say it’s a product of the self entitled millennials who don’t know real hard work but in a world where stress related illnesses are on the rise and where it is being spoken about more openly than ever before perhaps it is time to speak out and address the issue in our field and let employers and employees alike know that teacher burnout is very real and very damaging.

We reached out across the Facebook group sphere, these private groups where every kind of EFL teacher dwells from here to kiribati (shout out to our reader over there), to find out what some teachers thought and if they could take some spare time to answer a few questions about teacher burnout. We asked them to answer four questions and here are some of their answers we received…. Continue reading “Teacher Burnout”