I just got back from spending some time in Thailand and Japan and I have become enamored with Asia and all of the different ethnicities and cultures.
I would like to hear about peoples' experiences teaching English as a second language internationally. Specifically I would like to know about where you taught, qualifications required, compensations, how you felt about the experience, and any other thoughts you might have.
At the end of our first full week of Writer's Workshop our third graders are still working on finding their small moment stories inside their "watermelon" topics. And yet, every student has generated multiple entries, writing every day with more and more independence.
At the end of the workshop on Friday, I told students that if they wanted me to read their writing this weekend, they should star the piece they are most proud of and place their folder on a designated spot. Instantly, their were stars on many pages. One or two from those students who are super successful and dying to please, but mostly from my more struggling and reluctant writers. The work I need to study most so I can decide what they need to be taught.
Well, I've officially launched the workshop now. My third graders are beginning to build their writing muscles and many of them have bought into every bit of it, especially the idea, or rather the philosophy, that their lives are worth writing about and their stories are worth saving a record of for the foreseeable future. The main means by which I have taught for these outcomes, because it didn't just happen, has been by reading and complimenting their work. I confer with students and if they are on track, writing personal narratives, then I rave about it and say "you've got to write that down, get it on paper right now." When they tell a big "watermelon" topic story, I help them find their "seed" small moments story and get that started. I constantly make references to the d