Great insights in this post. I especially like the notes regarding culturally relevant materials. Even though I teach for an “American school”, I live in Venezuela and teach kids who have grown up mostly in Venezuela and I need to think about what is most relevant to them.
My life as an English teacher living abroad seems to most of my friends and family to be a leisurely activity, something I do in between travel excursions. In reality, my travel excursions are only a minor component of my time.