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S2 Ep14: Lessons from Abroad - Expats in EDU with Corey Andreasen

Corey is a leader in the mathematics and statistics education communities nationwide. He has consulted and served as a writer on two AP statistics textbooks and written supplemental classroom materials for statistics teachers. Furthermore, Corey has facilitated workshops for mathematics teachers on a variety of topics, including Common Core workshops on modeling with probability and statistics. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Mathematics Council and on committees at the state and national levels.

Corey has been teaching mathematics for more than 20 years. Many of those have been at North High School in Sheboygan, WI but he now teaches at the American School of the Hague. He has taught many grade levels and courses but he believes he would confess he has a soft spot for teaching AP Statistics. Corey shares his journey to becoming an expat and gives some insight into teaching in other countries as well as some tips for those who might be considering a similar career path.

We hear how Corey came to the decision to move to another country to teach, and his different experiences in Qatar and the Netherlands. This includes teaching elementary for the first time, dealing with cultural differences, and different curriculums, resources and expectations. The journey includes trying to find positions for both a music and math teacher at the same time, and how connections and job fairs play such a role in finding international teaching jobs.

Listen and learn more about Corey’s international experiences, as well as Tim’s, and get some good teaching tips and strategies along the way!

Questions and topics explored in this episode:

  • Why would you want to teach in another country?

  • What happened in Wisconsin in terms of education?

  • How does the 2016 election impact decisions about where you live and teach?

  • Is it really great teaching in other countries?

  • Are international schools really international? What are the student populations?

  • What is the transition to like going from a U.S. teaching environment to another culture and way of teaching?

  • Do you need to learn the language of the country you go to?

  • 5th grade or high school? What’s the difference? Can you use the same strategies?

  • Are standards the same in international schools?

  • Why do international schools have a lot of turnover? What is an advantage of teaching overseas? What is included???

  • Do your research if you want to teach somewhere else!!

  • Start looking EARLY!

  • It’s all about connections.

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