Teaching Abroad: Your Travel Checklist–What Should You Take With You?

Teaching abroad can be an exciting way to take your skills as an instructor outside the classroom and out on the road. But with great adventure comes a lot of uncertainty--what to pack? Where to work for? How to have a safe and happy experience? We asked ESL/TESOL teacher and world traveler Phil Stott to share the kind of wisdom on these issues that can only come from experience. Here's what he had to say.

So you’ve decided to take the plunge. You’ve gained your certification, researched the country of your choice, found a school, sorted out your visa and are all set to take your first teaching job overseas. All you need to do now is pack.

No matter how long your contract is, there’s no way you’ll be able to pack up everything you’ll need and brin…

Easy Learning This Summer with Toys

Many children look forward to going to school and are excited by learning new things. When it comes to summer, kids are ready to head outdoors and get in some serious play time. It can be difficult to maintain the same level of attention from children around summer time, but that is when you get to put on your own thinking cap and get creative! Every child loves to play with toys, so if you can incorporate learning with playing, you have a recipe for success.

Go with the Flow and Head Outdoors

If you are able to, enjoy the warm weather and take your lessons outside, or bring the outdoors into your classroom. Introduce your young students to a kid-friendly microscope and let them investigate everyday objects up close. Set up an “exploration station” for students to use on their own through…

2016 Election: Match the Candidate to Their Quote on Education

Test your knowledge! Match the politician to the quote. (Answers below!)

While still almost 18 months away, it’s already starting to feel like election season. As politicians announce their candidacy and begin shaping or establishing their platforms on foreign policy and the economy, we decided to take a look at their stances on education. From the Common Core to school choice and everything in between, these presidential hopefuls are making their opinions heard on stumps around the country. To get you acquainted with the potential Commanders in Chief, we pulled a quote from each of the announced candidates as of June 25. Now it’s your turn to match the 17 announced candidates to their quotes.


Presidential Candidates (with a randomly assigned letter):

  • A. G…

From Teacher to Instructional Coach: 8 Questions with Angela Watson

8 QUESTIONS is a new series of interviews with teachers who have effectively transitioned their classroom skills into new and exciting careers in the field of education. We at Teach.com believe that teaching is a rigorous and diverse classroom in and of itself; the skills learned “in the trenches” can translate into an exciting portfolio of professional options. From education tech to consulting, the only “X factor” is where you want to go — our interviews hope to shine a light on the steps it takes to get there.


10 Reasons to Blog as Professional Development

Professional development might mean a number of things to teachers — including participating in district meetings, attending a few conferences, earning a masters’ degree or networking with other education professionals on social media. These are all great options. However, an often overlooked way to expand and develop your teaching skills may be free, accessible to everyone, and right under your nose: starting a blog.

Blogging may require a bit more effort than other popular forms of professional development, but once you get the ball rolling, you may find blogging to be a very rewarding practice that helps build your career.

Our Teach100 bloggers speak out about the top 10 reasons to create and maintain a blog:

  • Think and write more clearly


7 Innovative Apps for Parent-Teacher Communication

For many parents, connecting with teachers and staying in the loop about their children’s progress in school is of the utmost importance. Studies show parental involvement helps foster and improve academic performance, while lessening children’s chances of developing behavioral problems. Simply put, involved parents help grow successful students, but in an increasingly digital age with increasingly busy parents, there is a demand for highly accessible ways for parents to connect with teachers and vice versa.

Here are seven innovative apps for smart phones/smart d…