5 challenges teachers face when they go to teach in China

Teaching abroad can be a very exciting journey. But there are different challenges you will face there. You need to be prepared to face those challenges.

Make your class a priority


International teachers mostly take oral English classes in China. Most students consider it to be a fun class, and so skip it. You should make the students feel and understand that your class ahs the same priority as the other classes.

Getting attention from students

Some students may take advantages of your unfamiliarity with the class expectation. A messy class will ruin your planned lessons. So, you need to straighten things up. You can take help from colleagues in learning what the school’s teaching approach is. You can also get advice on how to encourage students to pay attention to your class.

Understand the school’s culture


There may be situations like getting paycheck late. You should learn what to do in such situation. The school’s culture may be to call a meeting within five minutes notice. Classes may be canceled without any prior notification and more. You should learn about all these cultures inside the school. You should adapt yourself to this culture within a very short time.

Dealing with large classes


The Chinese population is huge. You should expect 40 to 60 students per class. It can be very difficult to manage such a huge class. One way to deal with it is to be well prepared for your class every day. You should bring water to the class so that you can drink when feeling exhausted.

Building up relationship with student


Outside the classroom, students might be eager to spend more time with you. They may invite you to dinner in their home. You should define the line of relationship. You should set boundaries so that students don’t forget that no matter how friendly you are, you are their teacher after all.

You should be ready to face these challenges when you go abroad for teaching. By making yourself prepared to face these challenges, you will have a wonderful time teaching abroad.

3 reasons why there are teacher shortages in the US

For the past years, there has been a shortage of teachers across the US. But now the situation has become alarming. Teachers are always coming and going. Here are the main reasons why this is happening.

Lack of job satisfaction


Teachers are not satisfied with their jobs. They are under heavy stress several days a week. One of the reasons is because of the reformed school policies which force teachers to take standardized tests to students. This requires time, and so stress level has increased. Low pay is another reason for dissatisfaction with the job. Compared to other professions, teachers are paid lot less.

Lack of resource in schools

Teachers don’t find enough resources to teach students in the best way possible. Lack of resources in many schools is causing teachers to leave the job. The classes are cramped, and there is a number of students per class. It is hampering their teaching method, and they are not happy with the job.

Long working hours


Teachers have to work on average 48.2 hours every week. It is causing them mental stress, and they are leading an unhealthy life. Teachers have to spend four days in average on continuing professional development (CPD) courses which include seminars, observational visits, etc. These are creating an extra burden on the teachers. That’s why teachers leave.

Some teachers are also not happy with the way teachers are being evaluated. These conditions must be changed to attract more teachers to the job. Otherwise, there will always be a shortage of teachers.