Monthly Archives: September 2014

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

So we’ve been talking a lot about school culture over these last few weeks, and it’s not hard to see the importance that we’re placing on this as we roll out our new strategic plan. We value it so much … Continue reading

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Teacher Appreciation Day

What matters most? Recent research has shown that the most important contributor to student learning success is the teacher. Beyond class size, socio-economic status, or program emphasis, the teacher- what they do, how they create learning opportunities and the relationships … Continue reading

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The Fasten Your Seatbelt Sign Is Now Turned Off!

So that was a pretty intense first month of school! It’s tricky and difficult work opening up a new school year, and making sure that we all get off to a great start. So much was on all of our … Continue reading

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Voices Carry

Being in the people business, good communication seems so obvious, yet we rarely talk about what makes good communication. Raise your hand if you wish that Google had a pop up screen that said, “Are you sure you want to … Continue reading

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Inspiring Community

So yesterday morning a few of us got together to think critically about how to unpack and roll-out the upcoming work that revolves around our new strategic plan. The conversations were super engaging, and I left feeling very eager and … Continue reading

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International Study Trips: Not Your Typical Field Trip to the Zoo

My wife and I have been very fortunate to have sponsored several study trips while teaching here in Saudi Arabia.  From what I’ve been reading about back in the States, field trips there might be limited to the surrounding counties … Continue reading

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Better than Busy

Today is my “get organized on the home front” day. I look at next week’s calendars for my husband, my daughter and myself. I try to plan out meals we can make which take into account how busy we are … Continue reading

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Do you work at an innovative school?

I have a motto: “No good idea doesn’t already exist on Google.” You think you have a great idea? Don’t Google it. Someone already did it. I had this great idea for an article about why teens don’t use Twitter … Continue reading

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The Promise of Life

To commemorate the September 7 Independence of Brazil, the American School of Brasilia (EAB) held a celebratory assembly today with teachers, parents, and all of EAB’s students, ranging from 3 to 18 years of age. The auditorium was abuzz with … Continue reading

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Should we be teaching students how to be happy?

This post is the first in a series exploring happiness and mindfulness in the classroom. One of the most powerful educators I’ve ever experienced was my Critical Theory professor in university. He was a gifted thinker and orator, and he … Continue reading

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