My big move to Singapore
So … After several years of plans to move overseas it has finally happened. We have had an extremely busy last few weeks with Christmas, our wedding and our big move to Singapore all happening within 2 weeks.
Now that we are married and are in a big new world, things are very different. So I have found myself with a few spare minutes and I am able to write a quick post about this experience to date. Four months ago I started applying to recruitment companies to work in a few countries in South East Asia. This proved unsuccessful so I began to do the private thing. I contacted several school’s in Singapore and Hong Kong and through some of my Twitter networking I was able to get a couple of Skype interviews. After my second interview I was lucky enough to be offered a job teaching year three children in an Australian curriculum school in Singapore. Needless to say it was accepted and the move was on. With very little knowledge about Singapore I packed my bags and now here I am. It is amazing and I am very excited to be here. Only three days into our move.
I have just spent my first 2 days at my new school and things are very different to back at home, as is always expected in a new country. I have spent today learning about the new Australian curriculum and I am feeling a little bit more excited about getting stuck in. This year I am teaching a class of 24 year four children which is New Zealand year five. I saw my classroom for the first time today and that made things real. My classroom is small by New Zealand standards but it is so exciting to have a great space and a GREAT team to work with. Things are going to be brilliant once our furniture arrives. At the moment we have make shift furniture which will do the trick until the NEW stuff arrives.
The biggest change for me has been the change from my old school with technology. I worked so hard in my old school with the principal to get our school to where it was with technology in classrooms being used as learning tools. Now I am in a great school which has some technology but is in the process of introducing more school wide. Each class does have an interactive whiteboard and I have been informed today that we have a pod of 25 netbooks for our Primary campus which is very exciting. I shared my old class wikispace with some staff today who were blown away. I must admit that although it is overwhelming to be here in a new environment I am still very excited and in fact I am looking forward to helping them in the journey towards using more ICT for learning and making it an even more exciting place to learn because from what I have seen the teachers are outstanding. For me it starts in my classroom now.
I will be using technology to the best of my ability and we will be creating a class wikispace initially and looking forward to more technology based introductions as the year goes on. If you are keen to be a part of helping me start up a reflective wikispace and being a regular Skype buddy with my class I would be greatly appreciative. So …….. Tomorrow is an exciting day as I get to work with my primary team to put together our plans for term one using the new curriculum. Then I have my classroom to set up and an apartment to sort out and move into. Then next week the real journey begins as the children are back. Three words sum up my journey to date and in the near future: exciting, scary and the big unknown. I would love to have you along on my journey …..
Please feel free to comment and please retweet if you are on twitter or forward on to teaching colleagues. Good luck to all of my other teaching friends as they begin their school year. I will be thinking of you and can’t wait to share more experiences with you.