Notes on a Quarter-Life Identity Crisis

Just over a year ago, I published my most ever-viewed, and definitely most controversial post, When the Grass Isn’t Greener: Falling Out of Love With France. And just over a year ago, The Local France picked up the piece and ran an edited version on their site. And just over a year ago, in response to the words I wrote and the things I had … Continue reading Notes on a Quarter-Life Identity Crisis

Confessions of a First Year Teacher

I may not remember much about the first half of September through December of last year, but I do remember this day perfectly. It was a few days after hosting Thanksgiving. I had just finished grading 47 essays. I had seven preps. I was having doubts about my teaching abilities. I was exhausted and I was stressed. I spent little time sleeping and a lot … Continue reading Confessions of a First Year Teacher

The Biggest Differences Between Teaching In France and Teaching in the USA

I started college in 2008– in the peak of the economic recession, and just two years before Scott Walker would be elected as Governor of Wisconsin and proceed to reform teachers’ unions. Throughout my college career, the subject of teaching was politically charged. Each semester I was faced with comments and “advice” from professors, academic advisors, and fellow teachers about the hardships of teaching– I … Continue reading The Biggest Differences Between Teaching In France and Teaching in the USA

The English (LV1 / LVA) Baccalauréat

In my last post, I tried to explained the ins and outs of the French Baccalauréat (Bac Général). Now, seeing as the English Baccalauréat is tomorrow, I am going to explain specifically how the English Baccalauréat is structured for non-OIB students. The English exam has four parts: Compréhension orale (listening comprehension) Expression orale (oral expression) Compréhension écrite (reading comprehension) Expression écrite (writing comprehension) For ES … Continue reading The English (LV1 / LVA) Baccalauréat

Everything You Need to Know About the French Baccalauréat

June is a very stressful time in France, because it’s Baccalauréat time. Although I’ve been living in France since 2013 and spent a year working as an assistante de langue in a French high school, I never really got a firm grasp on the ins and outs of the French education system, and more specifically, the French Baccalauréat exam until I actually started teaching high … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About the French Baccalauréat

How to Get a Job Teaching at an International School

In case you have ever questioned my sanity or my craziness, let me make it clear just how crazy and dedicated I was (am?). Long story short, I have wanted to teach at an international school ever since I realized that it was a thing (more specifically, back in college). Even when I was still a student, I used to research the American School of … Continue reading How to Get a Job Teaching at an International School

Life Recap: April 2017

Back in March, I wrote a post confessing that I was having a bit of trouble finding a new direction for this blog, especially since my life has taken a new direction in France. I started blogging in order to create a helpful and informative TAPIF blog as well as to record my travels during my “Year in France”. However, I also just like having … Continue reading Life Recap: April 2017