I’m at the year and a half mark of my Master’s program. One more semester of seminars, one major research paper to write, one more practicum placement & I’m off into the world of employment.
This week, OISE is hosting an employment preparation conference. It’s Day 2 of 3, and I’ve realized that I have a strong grasp of my teaching philosophy and practice. I am aware of my strengths as an educator. While I sit in lectures about application tips and resumé formatting, I realize that I’m not daunted by the application and interview process. I’m actually more concerned with where I want to teach.
This brings me to my current dilemma.
I am torn between staying local (either a public or an IB/independent school) or going internationally.
I’ve developed such strong relationships with a small group of innovative, effective, and collaborative Ontario educators, and I cannot imagine starting my first year off without them (for face-to-face interactions). Many of them are consultants or teachers with whom I can seek formal mentorship if employed with their boards/schools. This would supplement our informal yet powerful ongoing collaborative learning.
[side note: Teaching opportunities aren’t abundant in Ontario, though I think I have a good shot at landing employment. I’m entering the profession with a Master’s, a range of technology integration and support experiences, a strong focus on inquiry and collaboration with colleagues and students, and have embedded equity and diversity education in all that I do.]
On the other hand, the possible adventures and “fresh start” that an international placement provides is something to consider. I have nothing to tie me down. Most of my closest teacher friends have recommended that I go abroad for a few years. They say (rightly so) that I am young, energetic, and can learn and teach in amazing environments. The past few weeks, I think I have been trying to conjure up reasons – *ahem, excuses – for staying local. But realistically, I can enter a school community that is collaborative, innovative, and forward thinking in instruction, especially if I choose to seek employment at an international IB/independent/private school.
Anyway, I write this blog post to avoid crisis mode. Please share your thoughts, friends.