Category Archives: Barry Mernin

Gearing up for Parent Teacher Conferences in the Expat Classroom

“Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.” Marcelene Cox Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/parenthood.html#x4eg8khIErga18FI.99 “Raising you kids was the … Continue reading

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An Interview with Melinda Hoang Ho: Aspiring International School Teacher

This post is crossposted at Expatteacherman.com “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” ― E.B. White … Continue reading

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Stay Ever Hopeful

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – (314) BY EMILY DICKINSON “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all –   And … Continue reading

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Teaching in the Age of the Superstar Teacher

While the United States was learning about Major League Baseball player suspensions , I was in Hong Kong reading of other high paid superstars. But before I continue, please let me explain from whence I came. In February, 1990, freshly graduated from … Continue reading

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14 Steps to Make a School Even Better

Can we do better? I have worked in some really amazing schools. This fact gives me optimism in my students’ future and the future of the planet. Alas, the school year is over.  I have had the time to breath and reflect on … Continue reading

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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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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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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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What is my Personal, Plausible Future in Education?

This post was originally posted on: http://expatteacherman.com/ “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell“ Buddha I … Continue reading

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Why I Teach

“Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.” -Andy Rooney “I have come to believe that a great … Continue reading

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