Contract and Relief Teachers and Their Responsibilities, Some Advice for the Head of Department
Relief and contract teachers often come into a school which is completely new to them in every respect. So, as head of department, it was my responsibility to induct them into my department. One of my initiatives soon after I was appointed was to create a department handbook to record our policy and procedures. This handbook was updated each year with each teacher being given an updated version annually. This handbook was also part of my induction program for relief and contract teachers.
This article contains the information in that handbook for the benefit of relief Teachers and temporary teachers on short contracts.
"During your stay with us you are considered part of our team and are accordingly required to adhere to the professional duties of teachers at this department as outlined below:
1. Times of Duty
Our working conditions require us all to be at school no later than 8.35am. ...
Over almost fifty years in the classroom, I found I needed to find ways to reduce stress. Stress became greater as I accepted more responsibility in the second half of my career as a head of a large Mathematics department. During this time, the school grew and there were significant changes in the Mathematics syllabi and in the teaching of Mathematics.
I found that my time was not mine anymore with students, parents, teachers and the school administration wanting my time. Below is how I chose to meet stress head on.
The first thing I realised was that I had always to be available for consultation for thirty minutes before and after school so that teachers, students, parents and the administration could see me. This left me no recourse but to use the time before and after these periods for my planning, setting and the marking of assessment. (In normal term time, I was always reluctant to take work home. Only at exam marking time would I do that so that I finished my marking quickly to ...
Even though I’m not a millionaire, YET, I have learned to interact with the most successful teachers I know here in H.K, and just from the conversations we had and the stories they shared, I managed to draw out a few lessons and here’s some of the most important stuff I learned from them, it could also be useful to you in your teaching journey.
Focus on the Demand
In your teaching career here in Hong Kong, you have to focus on what the students and parents actually need. Recently, I have seen a lot courses being developed that do not address any specific need but are just there as a collection of topics ruthlessly forced into unsuspecting students’ heads, I only realized the importance of studying trends in demand when I took a more in depth study of these millionaire teachers and it became clear that these guys always teach their student to pass their exams. Everybody needs to pass an exam right? So when you work, or when you train for being an HK tutor, it is important to do as ...
Applying for a qualified teacher position that you seen advertised does not mean you will be appointed to the role. When is a teacher not a teacher? When you do not have the specific qualifications and past experience in the subject area that the employer is looking for. This information is based on my personal experience and input from others.
As a qualified/certified high school teacher in the UK, native English speaker, BA, MA holder and years of teaching experience I am suitable for various teacher roles. Business & Economics specialist, although I have also taught English first language in England to 11-18 year old pupils.
Attending an interview for an English teacher job in the Middle East with one of the best employers is an achievement for many people. They have looked at your resume/cover letter and matched skills, personal characteristics, traits and your command of the English language.
Difference between a language teacher of English and a high school teacher:
Language teaching is a unique field which has seen a tremendous amount of change in recent years. Emerging technologies have fundamentally altered the language teacher's role and opened up instructional opportunities undreamed of just 15 years ago. Government policies have mandated bilingual education programs, fostered the development of a Common European Framework, and acted to protect endangered languages. Theoreticians have moved to a post-method era in recognition that language teaching and learning is a dynamic system with the teacher as autonomous agent in the classroom, responsible for making calculated decisions based on experience, professional training, and the immediate needs of his or her learners.
While our field's rapid evolution is exciting to watch, it also signals the importance of ongoing professional development. For teachers with limited resources (monetary, time, or access), the challenge comes in the form of weighing options. There are five paradigms of ...