Guaranteed employment after graduation – what’s the catch?

I've written a fair bit in the past about the lack of teaching positions available for teaching graduates in New Zealand. Unemployment was and still is a very scary prospect for teacher trainees. At a time when they should be focused on studies, smart students will already be thinking 'how can get I a job?' and... Continue Reading →

Setting new teachers up for failure – Does the New Zealand education system eat its young?

An interesting article appeared in my newsfeed this morning on retaining 'quality' teachers. The first thing that struck me was the use of language. Would the study of retaining teachers have been as newsworthy if there wasn't  'quality' or 'elite' teachers to contrast with the legion of 'bad' teachers in our classrooms. There's often a red... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: The power of provocation #ishcmc

This holiday I was annoyed that the PYP workshop I had to attend was at the same time as learning2 conference where one of my favourite thinkers on learning, @sherrattsam was speaking. However this setback turned into a huge learning opportunity by visiting the International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) where Sam teaches for a week. My... Continue Reading →

Learning who to follow – operation job search reflection

Since I've spent a few days hanging out at the school I will be teaching at, I thought it would be worthwhile checking in with what I felt an ideal school would be for me at the start of operation job search. High expectations and high trust - Definitely feeling the weight of expectations, but... Continue Reading →

CV writing tips for Beginning Teachers

A few months ago I was wondering what on earth I was going to put in my first teaching CV, over the last few weeks I've had a steady stream of incoming visitors searching for info so thought I would put out there my advice.I don't consider myself an expert in any way on CV writing... Continue Reading →

Job hunting advice for Beginning Teachers – it’s about networking!

There's no way to sugar-coat it, the job market for graduating teachers at the moment sucks. If you are lucky, you might end up getting a teaching job from your placement but don't count on it. Right now there are too many teaching graduates and not enough jobs. A far cry from when my mother... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: Eat, Pray… Teach?

What a difference a day makes. Last Sunday I was in one of those funks we  fall into when we think things aren't quite coming to plan. ZOMG what am I back at university again? What on earth am I doing writing about it on the internet? I'm never going get a job. 24 hours... Continue Reading →

How Twitter helped me land my first teaching job!

'Isn't twitter just people talking about what they had for breakfast?' That's the most common reaction I get when I mention my Twitter addiction. A lot of people don't understand why I would want to virtually hang out with people I've met and have a conversation. What could you possibly say in 140 characters that... Continue Reading →

Why fielding job interview questions from children is awesome!

My job interviews are from mundane. My first teaching job interview was a group interview while the next one was via skype where I fielded questions from some  amazing year 7/8 (that's 11/12 year old) students. As a brief detour can I proclaim my love of Skype? Aside from being able to interview for schools you aren't... Continue Reading →

A question for schools: what does your digital footprint say about you?

In the midst of job search season I've been spending a lot of time trawling school's websites. The process reminds me yet again about how we have such weird attitudes to the internet. Having online presence often gets a bit of a bad rap when it is mentioned in the context of student teachers. One... Continue Reading →

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