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

Dubrovnik, Croatia

“If you want to see heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik.” – George Bernard. Despite never having seen Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik has been on my must-see travel list for quite some time. So, after an all day excursion to Montenegro, Leah and I awoke excited to explore Dubrovnik proper. Before traveling, I like to read my favorite travel blogs and scrounge for tips for … Continue reading Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

After spending the weekend in Sarajevo, Leah and I boarded a (crusty) bus and headed a few hours south, to the up and coming (and super popular and touristic town) of Mostar. Located in the Herzegovina region of BiH, it is most famous for its iconic Stari Most Bridge, or “Old Bridge” in English. Originally constructed in the sixteenth century, the Ottoman-style bridge connects the … Continue reading Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

A Week in the UK with Students and Colleagues

The school where I work currently does a “trip week” every year around this time. Depending on what grade the students are in determines the trip the take (11th graders to go either New York City or Krakow, Poland; 10th graders, if they are in the international section go to Rome, or are in Spanish go to Majorica; 9th graders go to Prague; 8th graders go … Continue reading A Week in the UK with Students and Colleagues

“Take the Sourest Lemon that Life has to offer, and Turn it into Something Resembling Lemonade.”

When I started blogging consistently four years ago, I promised myself that I would not become one of those (well-intended) TAPIF blogs that starts off really strong, and then tapers off somewhere after Christmas. I wanted to create the blog that hadn’t yet existed- an ordinary TAPIFer who gave valuable information about bureaucracy, teaching, traveling, everyday insight into life in France, and was there until … Continue reading “Take the Sourest Lemon that Life has to offer, and Turn it into Something Resembling Lemonade.”

The Downside of TAPIF- Losing My Teaching Skills

A few weeks ago, I was sitting with my roommates  in the salon and reflecting on my first six months of teaching at the international bilingual school. I reluctantly expressed the frustrations I was having with myself– the difficulties I was having aligning standards / objectives, finding my niche with classroom management, time management and giving quality homework, planning a solid unit and curriculum, amongst other … Continue reading The Downside of TAPIF- Losing My Teaching Skills