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Featuring Adam Held '99

 

Position: Chemistry and Physics Teacher
School: Renda Fuzhong (Peking University affiliated HS)
Location: Beijing, China
Graduate School: Arizona State University
Graduate Program: MS in Physics Education
Information on Adam's graduate school experience

(Profiled: 2011)

 

♦  How did you connect with this job opportunity?
♦  What attracted you to this position?
♦  What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?
♦  What has been/was your biggest challenge as a first-year teacher?
♦  How did your time at GCC prepare you for the teaching field?
♦  What advice would you give to a current pre-service teacher in order to better prepare for his or her future classroom?
♦  What job search tips would you give to GCC students?
♦  What are the challenges and rewards of teaching in another culture?
♦  What are the challenges and rewards of living in another culture?

 

How did you connect with this job opportunity?

I found it through an international jobs website, www.tieonline.com. (Also linked from the ECS website.)

 

What attracted you to this position?

China is the most fascinating place in the world at this moment in time.

 

What are the most gratifying aspects of your job?

Being able to work with the next generation of Chinese scientists and helping them develop a scientific and environmental mindset. 

 

What has been/was your biggest challenge as a first-year teacher?

Finding my comfort level in terms of disciplinewhich battles to fight and which battles to let go of.

 

How did your time at GCC prepare you for the teaching field?

It gave me a better heart and mind for my students - I see them as people first and foremostthis was instilled at GCC

 

What advice would you give to a current pre-service teacher in order to better prepare for his or her future classroom?

Travel as much as you can.

 

What job search tips would you give to GCC students?

Don't be modest in an interviewand put your summers to good use. Find a teaching internship, learn a new language, etc. Summer is a great resource few people are fortunate enough to have. Use it!

 

What are the challenges and rewards of teaching in another culture?

Learning the nuances of the students’ learning styles and their prior knowledge. For example, dyslexia doesn't exist in China because of their pictogram writing system. 

 

What are the challenges and rewards of living in another culture?

Getting the chance to learn another language. It’s hard work but so rewarding.

 

 

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