THINK Global School

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Matt Wolfgram

Educator

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and what were you doing before arriving at THINK Global School?

I’m from Minnesota (middle of the US and on the border with Canada). Before coming to TGS, I taught English in the Middle East.

2. What do you love most about teaching?

 I guess I’d have to say being surprised with where kids take the issues were working on in seminars. They find connections to things I would never think of.

3. What aspects of THINK Global School’s educational model do you find most appealing?

I dig that a kid can go as far into their own interests as they desire. The only things that limit them are their drive and creativity.

4. If you could make one major change to global education, what would it be?

Not treat education as a monolithic enterprise. Not every model is going to work for every kid. We need have to have the flexibility and courage to educate kids as individuals.

5. Describe your teaching style or philosophy. Do you have any unique teaching methods you use to keep students engaged?

Dive into the deep end and sink or swim; whatever the outcome, you’ll learn something about yourself.

6. Which of our core values do you feel you most embody, and why?

I’m a Kaizen kind of guy. I really enjoy the process of refinement and the feeling of satisfaction when you KNOW you got a little bit better with each try at something.

7. Tell us about your favorite teaching experience pre-TGS

When I taught in the Middle East, at the beginning of each week students would teach me three words of phrases in Arabic and would then get to test me on them at the end of the week. It was a great way for me to learn a little about the students and pick up some Arabic along the way. Though I think some of the words my students taught me were less than acceptable in polite society.

8. What is your most memorable travel experience thus far?

Taking the train from Istanbul to Sofia, Bulgaria with my wife. Why? There is no train from Istanbul to Sofia, Bulgaria, just a bus to the border and a long wait in an unheated guard shack and another bus to an unheated, dilapidated train filled with Bulgarians attempting to bring you into their cigarette-smuggling operation. I did end up with a good story, though!

9. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I have always wanted to go to the South Pacific. I hear Peleliu is nice.

10. What is your favorite book, and why?

How am I supposed to pick just one? My go-to answer is A Farewell to Arms. I was 13 when I first read it and I hated it. I couldn’t understand the characters’ motivations and their justifications for their actions. When I read it again 10 years later, it was a completely different book. Everything had come into focus for me in the time between. Just goes to show what a little life can teach you.

Ready to embark on the educational journey of a lifetime?

A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

It all starts here.

Ready to embark on the educational journey of a lifetime?

A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

It all starts here.

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