What Are Your Summer Goals?
Jun25

What Are Your Summer Goals?

You’ve made it! Your office or classroom is eerily quite, desks and lockers are clean, and besides the lights emanating from the main office, much of the school is dark and empty…like something out of an RL Stine Goosebumps novel. This must mean only one thing: it’s summer! Cue the music! via GIPHY Now wait a second. Don’t get too carried away. After all, you’re a lifelong learner, so have you thought much about how you plan to...

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The Secret Trait To Look For in Your Next Teacher Interview
Jan25

The Secret Trait To Look For in Your Next Teacher Interview

It’s that time of year again: recruitment season. Whether you’re scouring job listings and polishing your resume, or sitting on the other side of the desk and pouring over endless candidates to find the perfect teacher, the recruitment season can be challenging for everyone involved. For those of us who are trying to find the perfect candidate I have a secret trait you should be looking for in your next teacher interview. More on that...

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Do Your Students Have Passports?
Nov01

Do Your Students Have Passports?

Last week I had a chance to fly over to the EARCOS Leadership Conference in Kuala Lumper, Malaysia. For those of you who are unfamiliar with my background, before working at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, my wife and I spent about 6 years living and working at international schools in Asia, primarily in the Philippines. So I have a deep affection for the large, chaotic, and somewhat polluted cities of southeast Asia. Growing up...

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Why You Might Want Your Kids To Be DJs When They Grow Up
May03

Why You Might Want Your Kids To Be DJs When They Grow Up

For most of us who teach or work in schools, we know that the traditional model of school goes a little like this: student sits, student listens, student works on something, student gives it to the teacher, teacher checks and grades it, student and teacher move onto the next unit. Of course, and thankfully, in more progressive schools a lot of this model has been upended to focus on learning and doing, but ultimately one thing that...

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Have You Discovered the Sound of Silence?
Jul27

Have You Discovered the Sound of Silence?

I lost my headphones…or at least I’m not sure where I put them.  No big deal, right?  Except that I’m flying from Denver to Minneapolis and I’m surrounded by fellow travelers who are plugged in and entertained, sleeping, or some combination of both. So now that I’m entertainment-less on a plane it begs the question, when was the last time you took time to simply sit in silence?  For most of us it’s a small pleasure we rarely take time...

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