So the 2012/2013 school year came to an end, so was my time at Khalsa School Vancouver. Fast forward a few months, life has taken me to Taipei, Taiwan. Out of the few schools I contacted, I was lucky to be offered a position right away at Kang Chiao Bilingual School. I’ll be teaching English Lit for grade 7 and 8, and this will mark my first foray into high school!
How exciting! No more homeroom, no more of the same students day-in and day-out. Kidding! As much as I enjoy interacting and fostering the same group of children, being a subject teacher has its perks. At the junior high school level, I am not “ON” the entire school day. I actually CAN prep during prep time. What a welcoming change.
A little about the school:
Amazing facility, huge infrastructure, great student to teacher ratio (15:1), and of course, one of my favourites, this school is completely decked out with TECH. In addition to the standard smartboard (Epson version) in every classroom, library computers, school website…etc, the school uses an online tool Rubicon Atlas for curriculum development and sharing. Teachers upload lesson plans and teaching material weekly, which is accessible by all. I remember the days back in teacher’s program when a colleague and I tried to set up sharing via Dropbox (didn’t work). What a wonderful tool. I’ll wait and see how useful it truly is, more on that later.
First week of orientation is over. Now the real challenge starts – 7th and 8th graders next Monday!