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[teacherartexchange] New job on the horizon, need advice!


Date: Sun May 29 2011 - 14:10:53 PDT

Greetings, all,

I have recently been hired to teach art at a school in Muscat, Oman. After three years teaching English in Quito, Ecuador, I'm thrilled beyond words to 1) teach art again, 2) live in a warm climate again, and 3) live in a coastal city for the first time--good scuba diving there!

I will be serving as department head as well as teaching, and that's where I could use some help. The adminstration is anxious for me to raise the standards of the department to more inquiry-based instruction rather than the rote learning that seems to prevail. I'll probably be using the Cambridge (U.K.) international standards as a base, but I certainly don't want to come in and change everything at once. As a Western female, new to the school, with a small department of mostly local men and women teachers, I'll have to tread lightly and I guess implement small changes.

Has anyone ever come in as an outsider in this position, and what advice can you give me so the teachers will buy into a curric/standards new to them?


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