Becoming comfortable with the discomfort of sharing your strengths
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by Rachael Kobylecki
2d ago
With recruitment season in full swing, this quote serves as a fantastic reminder for those of us who find it hard to identify, share or promote our strengths and career successes in applications or interviews.  For many of us, just thinking about our strengths – not to mention telling someone else about them – can make us feel pretty uncomfortable. So, how can we get comfortable with the discomfort of sharing our strengths?    First, it’s useful to identify the cause of discomfort.   Identify the ‘ick’ factor On a scale of 1 (fine) to 10 (run away and hide), how c ..read more
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Empathy Week: developing empathy in teaching
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by Camilla Cook
1w ago
The importance of empathy in teaching I once read about a really cool organisation called Roots of Empathy. A baby of two months old is invited to join a class of children at an Elementary School on a monthly basis throughout the school year. They come in with a parent and a specialist instructor who facilitates the session, allowing the children to forge a relationship with the baby. The idea is that the students observe and label the baby’s feelings and intentions and, by doing so, better understand their own emotions and those of the others around them. I had my first baby when I was teachi ..read more
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Education in Myanmar: a golden opportunity?
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by Camilla Cook
1M ago
A few days ago, some good news came out of Myanmar: the military has agreed to a ceasefire with the armed groups they have been fighting since they seized power in their coup of February 2021. This development should go some way towards reassuring people of Myanmar’s viability as a safe place to live and so, in this blog post, we take a closer look at what it’s like to be a teacher in Myanmar. After speaking to teachers and leaders with experience in international schools in Myanmar, we can share insights with you about what it’s like to live and work in this incredible country. Myanmar, known ..read more
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And… Breathe: Settling into a New Job at an International School
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by Camilla Cook
3M ago
I’ve now taught at three international schools across three different continents. Starting out at each school was a whirlwind of learning for me. In settling into a new job, I had to engage with a new culture, a new language, and a new landscape – as well as the usual things that all teachers meet when starting out at a school: colleagues, students, buildings, (and which mugs in the staffroom are totally off-limits).  I also needed to stay the same: to maintain my own particular approach to teaching, to keep my family living our ‘normal’, and to enjoy the things I’ve always loved. So, I o ..read more
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AI in Education: A Headteacher’s View
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by Camilla Cook
3M ago
Bletchley Park, the once top-secret home of the WW2 codebreakers in the UK, recently played host to a Global Artificial Intelligence Safety Summit. This event was attended by Rishi Sunak, Elon Musk, Kamala Harris, King Charles II, Georgia Meloni, Ursula Von De Leyen and Wu Zhaohui, the Chinese Vice-Minister of Science and Technology. It’s safe to say that the entire world is concerned about the future of AI, and the impact it might have on our lives. In this post, we discuss the role of AI in education as it is understood by IB Principal Tassos Anastasiades. The twenty-eight countries at the ..read more
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Saving (and Spending!) as a Teacher in China
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by Camilla Cook
4M ago
Teachers often ask us whether the earning potential in China makes it worth considering as a place to live and work. Obviously, this is a subjective question, and our advisers will likely answer by asking some in return: each teacher will have different parameters to consider. There is no doubt, however, that salaries in China can be some of the best in the world, and if all the right factors align, it is possible to earn, and save, a significant amount of money as a teacher in China. Teacher Savings at Dulwich College in China David Ingram, Founding Head of College, Dulwich College Shanghai P ..read more
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School Spotlight: Dulwich College, China. A deeper dive into one of the most sought-after international schools in the world
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by Camilla Cook
5M ago
Advisers at Teacher Horizons are often asked about what it is like to teach at an international school in China. Although we share a range of exciting opportunities, candidates can be concerned about the unique challenges that living and teaching in China may present, especially in the wake of COVID-19. They worry that visas will be difficult to process and that navigating the legal aspects of moving there might be complex and time-consuming. They are anxious about the high expectations placed on students and teachers. They are not sure if the country has opened up for travel. They don’t speak ..read more
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Power and identity – how is global citizenship the key to inclusivity in schools?
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by Camilla Cook
5M ago
In this guest post Sophie Peters, a teacher within our community, shares her views about Global Citizenship Education. Global Citizenship Education (GCE) aims to give students, and staff, active roles in building more peaceful, inclusive, and sustainable communities, both locally and globally. GCE and inclusion must be considered and implemented together. The combination of both disciplines is essential for school development. Neither GCE nor inclusion can be simply assigned to one school subject. The success of global citizenship relies upon the interdisciplinary nature of GCE and inclusion a ..read more
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Is negative self-talk stopping you from getting your next job? Part 3
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by Camilla Cook
6M ago
Here is the third and final post from Rachael Kobylecki who has been supporting us with considering how to think positively as we approach recruitment. In the previous blog posts, we delved into how negative self-talk can stop you from achieving your true potential before and during the international school recruitment process. We looked at a couple of unhelpful, self-talk narratives that you may experience during this process and the damaging impact that these can have on your success.  In this final installment, we’ll focus on a couple more narratives that you might experience and how t ..read more
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Let your career take flight: Why now is the perfect time to move into international teaching
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by Camilla Cook
7M ago
As educators, we encourage students to broaden their horizons, seek out new experiences and expand their understanding of the world they live in. It goes without saying that effective practitioners tend to walk the walk, as well as talking the talk – and many are drawn to the opportunity to teach overseas.  That’s always been true. But right now there are several reasons that international teaching is an even more attractive option than usual…  Professional development Unless you’ve worked spectacularly hard to avoid all forms of news media over the last few years, you’ll know these ..read more
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