Monthly Archives: February 2014

Why does spring hope eternally for baseball but not schools?

Please excuse my cultural bias on the baseball analogy. We in the Alps are slogging through the last vestiges of winter and I cannot help but be inspired by the excited athletes as they play catch beneath the palm trees … Continue reading

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I hated school, so I became a teacher…

Anyone? Anyone? I know you’ve seen that video clip a million times, but it captures my education and makes you wonder how on earth many of us went into the business to start with. How often do we talk about … Continue reading

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Tolerance of Frustration

So when I began my teaching career, and even as far back as my student teaching experience, the one thing that I knew I needed to work on was my tolerance to frustration. Back then I would get frustrated when … Continue reading

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Get Your Hands Off My Hashtag

Generation Like The above program on the American show “Frontline” is a pretty good look at how teens have adapted their lives to social media. The question is, have we? I am a card carrying member of Generation X. And … Continue reading

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Thank You Mr. Hacker For This Teachable Moment

Last week my email account was hacked. You know the message (or you might have even gotten the message from me!): “Subject: Important Message Please view the document i uploaded for you using Google docs. CLICK HERE just sign in with your … Continue reading

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Under the Microscope

So I read Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath over the holiday break and it really got me thinking. What I love so much about Gladwell’s writing, and this book in particular, is that he calls into question so … Continue reading

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Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t Do!

Even if you’re not a Lost fan, Locke speaks for all of us. There’s nothing like being inspired by someone who refuses to be told what they cannot do. It really can move you. I went to a conference today … Continue reading

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You Had me at Hello

Well, it’s that time of year again. The recruiting season. Recruiters, I hope your conversations for that IB Physics teacher go a lot more like this rather than this Sweaty palms, checking your texts 300 times a minute, darting glances … Continue reading

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Becoming a Teaching Principal

One of the best things about teaching at schools overseas is the opportunity to connect with consultants when they are in the region. Whether at conferences, or weekend workshops, we have many of the best-known thinkers in the area of … Continue reading

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