Monthly Archives: June 2013

WHAT DID I LEARN DURING MY FIRST YEAR AS AN EXPAT?

After being inspired by both my favorite blogger, ExpatEducator, and International School Services, I opted to reflect on my first year of International School teaching, August 2001-2002. Here goes: Teamwork is essential.  Your teaching team is your lifeline. You must focus on friendly, … Continue reading

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Parc Aventure

No, that’s not a typo…Parc Aventure is a high ropes course in Aigle, Switzerland. Though nearly within view of our mountain village of Leysin, it’s about as physically distant (though not psychologically) as you can get from my day job. … Continue reading

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TEDxHongKong Thoughts

The following post is cross posted from Expat Teacher Man “There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.” Aristotle I  attended TEDxHongKongED  event to “exchange ideas, discuss thoughts and ask questions.” I listened to some influential people speak about … Continue reading

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The same, but different…

This story popped up in the American news media last week. I watched it shortly after reading Bambi Betts’ blog posting on . It got me thinking about another institutional structure standing in the way of progress; the GPA sorting … Continue reading

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Save Your Best For Last

So for this final post of the 2012-13 school year I want to do three things……….I want to quickly thank you all, and celebrate the incredible work that you did for our students and for our community over the last … Continue reading

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It was a VERY Good Year.

  As an elementary school teacher, this was a very good year. I helped kids successfully manage their standardized tests. Taught kids to read, write and appreciate mathematics. I taught kids the meaning of empathy. Taught kids to be proud. … Continue reading

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Resisting our way to irrelevance?

Just about every day now I read a blog or a get an email or are a posting on face book or twitter that reminds us that ‘ schools are preparing kids for the 20th century living’’; or ‘did you … Continue reading

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Typewriter

Nothing about “computer” says creativity. Although the things that apps can do are startling and digital media is now considered an art form, that word screams binary code. 1970. mainframe. Your father’s brown ford LTD. But consider the word “typewriter.” … Continue reading

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Giving Back

So with less than two weeks to go, and the Middle School graduation ceremony fast approaching, I decided last week to ask our beautiful 8th Graders about their year. I wanted to know what events, experiences, or resounding takeaways resonated … Continue reading

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