I love online learning. Our professional development no longer has to rely on school priorities or budgets. Online courses have made it easy to organise our own professional learning. Apart from the Apple Teacher program (which I’m halfway through), I have completed all of the courses below. I highly recommend them. Yes, it’s nice to… Continue reading Online certification courses: five recommendations
I am terrified of public speaking. This isn’t an exaggeration. I’m shy, introverted and have a slight speech impediment (it was much stronger as a child). A few years ago, I was asked to present some awards in an assembly. I was new to Victoria Shanghai Academy and overwhelmed by the size of its staff (it’s… Continue reading Public speaking F.E.A.R.
In an older post, Teacher workload: why less is more, I offered ten reasons why teachers’ workload should be lessened in places such as the England (still my most popular post to date). One of these reasons was to allow time for professional reading. I love it! Along with blogging, reading is something else that I do that… Continue reading Summer reading 2017: eight book recommendations for teachers
Those of you who follow my blog will have probably noticed that I am in a routine of posting weekly, almost always on Sundays. I’ve pondered for a while whether I could realistically step this up to twice weekly. Blogging Buddies has just kicked off, so it seems like an ideal time to try! So, here’s my… Continue reading #ETCoaches Blogging Buddies
For many years, my school (Victoria Shanghai Academy, Hong Kong) has supported the work of the Masarang Foundation, founded and led by Dr. Willie Smits. The aim of the foundation is to conserve nature and tackle environmental issues through collaboration with local people. One of their many projects is The Sintang Orangutan Center (SOC), where… Continue reading Teachers’ trip to Tembak
True story: On December 31st 2013, as I waited for the new year to ring in, I reflected on the year gone by. I remember thinking that 2013 had been almost exactly the same as 2012. Though I loved where I worked, I felt like I was stuck in a rut. Due to the excessive… Continue reading Teaching overseas FAQs
This week marked my blog’s first birthday! My first post was published on March 22nd 2016. One year, 59 posts, 70,000 views and 1,726 followers later, here I am still loving it and benefiting from it more than ever. Thank you to every reader who has supported it and encouraged me. When I started, many… Continue reading Finding time to blog