Monthly Archives: November 2013

Turkey and Gratitude

So I’m still bloated from last night’s American Thanksgiving celebration (thank you Meagan and Mike), and even though I’m Canadian, I have to admit that I still love helping my neighbors to the south put away all that yummy turkey … Continue reading

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Gratitude

  Gratitude “Only the educated are free.”  ― Epictetus   To honor a day that should be less about consumption and more about gratitude. To the teachers who we are given, who we find and who accompany us along the way: … Continue reading

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Winter Break: International Teaching Style

One of the most amazing things about international teaching is the ability to travel. Most families budget specifically just for travel. When Jamie and I moved overseas, we saved about $5000 a year by not having to pay for gasoline. … Continue reading

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How to get an international teaching job

1) Skip the job fairs: I won’t make any friends in the business by saying this, but it is true. They can crush your soul and make you feel like livestock, not a professional. You are not at your best … Continue reading

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We All Play a Part

So this week I’d like to talk a little bit about distributive leadership, and how if the right people are placed in the right places, and empowered to lead, then a division will pretty much run itself. I just spent … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap

                (Crossposted on http://literacybytes.com/) There is so much going on right now in schools and education in general. My strategy for coping with the onslaught is to sit down and make a plan. … Continue reading

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Five Keys to Running a Great School

Seventeen years after ceasing my career as an international school head, I am still unpacking the most important lessons I learned. I headed two schools, in very disparate circumstances, for 23 years and would like to share five enduring observations … Continue reading

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The Paradox of International Schools

Wordle the mission statements of international schools and I am sure you will see wonderful patterns like the one above espousing the virtues of educating young people in a globalized environment of interdisciplinary responsibility, innovation and compassion. Then visit one. … Continue reading

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Your Mission Statement in November

So, how’s that global citizen, creative, collaborative, interdisciplinary, inclusive mission statement at the bottom of your web pages doing? Seemed like a good idea when you were writing it during that retreat in the Spring of 2011? How about now, … Continue reading

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Workshops Without Power Points

Dear Presenter, What I am about to suggest is without arrogance or flippancy. Do you think that for your next conference presentation that you could forgo the power points? Ok. No intention to be extreme. A few slides to illustrate … Continue reading

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