The Clips and Trips blog was put together in preparation for our leaving the U.S. on an indefinite world travel adventure which started around August of 2009 and returned us home in December of 2012. If you want to see where it all began, read our mission statement from before we left.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Teaching, Taipei


My job began in mid February at a small bushiban for students who are 7 - 10 years old. There is only one other foreign teacher who works there. She is also from the United States.

I work Monday through Friday and usually begin work at 1:30 pm. It's nice to actually have a relaxing and proper meal before work. In the states, having breakfast meant sacrificing 15 minutes of extra sleep in the morning.

My workload is light. I teach 18 hours a week and try not to bring any extra planning home. I mainly do reading instruction, which is right up my alley. I've given up a lot of my autonomy when it comes to teaching, which is hard for me. But, the stakes aren't quite as high as in the states. It's definitely a nice break from Special Ed law, reports, and standardized testing.


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