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What I’m thinking about September 13, 2015

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What if there was the daily equivalent of motivational personal development for teachers through a technology platform, similar to those that exist for business leaders?

What if there was a daily podcast or video that gave you a motivating uplift on the writer’s workshop lesson you were getting ready to undertake later in the day?

What if there was a daily mentor call that a new (or veteran) teacher could subscribe to and have delivered right to their phone?

It seems crazy that someone can find a plethora of personal development for business people, entrepreneurs, or sales people, yet I have yet to find the equivalent of one for teachers/educators. Is it because the other is for profit and schools are not?

I’m not sure of the answer but I’m pretty sure we need to figure out a way to bridge the resources for business people for teachers. There are some wonderful Twitter chats that happen, such as #tlap or #edchat, but I honestly have a hard time committing to a certain time each week. As much as I’d like to be able to have things be that consistent, the force of children’s schedules has a big impact.

It will probably involve some embarrassment and discomfort but I’m trying to figure out how I can use Periscope or Zoom to get this idea started so then people with big brains can help modify it to be even better.

What do you think?

Intro to Periscope:

find me on Periscope @bestbook


Student Led Conferences/Goal Sharing April 7, 2014


Two of my former colleagues from the International School of Dakar (currently residing in Saudi Arabia and Dakar/Texas) put together this wonderful website as part of presentation they gave at the  AISA conference of 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

ISD had started with student-led conferences as a pilot the year before and had then added the goal sharing portion to the school year last year. The student-led conferences had been quite successful and well received by families.

The Goal Sharing portion of the conference caused a fair amount of nerves by some teachers, especially those in the primary grades. No one was resistant, but there was a great deal going on at the time and the teachers wanted their students to be well-prepared.




Along the Corniche April 18, 2013

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Along the Corniche

Along the Corniche


2012 in review December 31, 2012

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 35,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.


2012 in a nutshell December 29, 2012

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One half of knowing what you want

is knowing what you must give up

before you get it.

~Sidney Howard


Association of International Schools of Africa May 22, 2012

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Who we are

Representing international schools on the continent of Africa, AISA has a membership of schools which range in size from 20 to 3600 students. AISA schools are strongly influenced by their location in Africa and their cosmopolitan student enrollment and teaching staffs who emanate from countries across the globe. Some AISA schools have an American based curriculum, others are British, and still others have an ecclectic mix. All have an international focus.

AISA’s Goal

AISA’s goal is, in collaboration with our Associate Members, to serve the varying needs of nearly 42,000 students and over 2,500 teachers and administrators.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Association is to facilitate school effectiveness and to inspire student learning in the international schools of Africa by promoting communication, collaboration, and professional development.

AISA Members Believe

  • All individuals have intrinsic worth and deserve an opportunity to learn in a challenging, safe, and nurturing environment
  • Optimal student learning is advanced through educational research and its application through effective practice
  • International education provides a foundation for global citizenship
  • Collaboration and interdependence among individuals and organizations are powerful agents of positive change
  • Appropriate use of technology maximizes student learning and school effectiveness

AISA’s Objectives

AISA will

  • Enhance the quality of student learning by promoting effective educational practice
  • Foster intercultural and international understanding
  • Promote an appreciation and understanding of Africa
  • Support professional development within member schools
  • Collect, analyze, and distribute information to help guide member schools
  • Enable close collaboration and networking among its members
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with organizations and institutions which complement AISA’s values and mission


travel quotes

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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine


Insurgent, Divergent, Dark Days Tour with Veronica Roth May 8, 2012

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I had pre-ordered Insurgent many months ago, but ended up also buying it on my Kindle so I could make sure I had it on release day. I had read Divergent that way originally so I thought it would be interesting to continue in that tradition. No sooner had I read the first several pages and then re-read the pages, it was apparent that I was going to need to re-read Divergent to refresh my memory of characters and plot lines. I know some people always read the preceding books over before reading a sequel, but that is not my MO. I’m always anticipating book releases and don’t want to take the time away from other reads to re-read. I decided I could probably keep plowing through Insurgent and get the gist of what I hadn’t remembered, but I REALLY wanted to enjoy reading Insurgent. I set it aside and fast read Divergent. I am very glad I did as it also served to remind me why I had liked Divergent so much on the first read.

I like the descriptions of the factions, the main and supporting characters, and the many intricacies that are woven throughout the book. It’s interesting to think about the choices the characters made that led them to leave or join a faction and then consider what you would have done in that situation.

The Dark Days tour-Cover to Cover June 7th

I have actually seen Veronica Roth at ALAN/NCTE this past year and while she is super cute and young, she was not that impressive as a speaker. I actually feel really bad writing that but I was surprised by how underwhelmed I was after being such a huge fan of the book from the release of Divergent. Now just because you are a great author, does not mean you have to be a great speaker. Being a great public speaker is just as hard as being a great author in a different way.

Despite that I am ready to give her another chance and will be joining book blogging friends to see Veronica Roth, Aprilynne Pike, Ellen Schreiber, and Josephine Angelini. Now I haven’t read anything  by the other YA authors, but stacking up a great TBR pile to kick off the summer seems like a great idea!


Making Crocodile Skin Belts April 30, 2012

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Making Crocodile Skin Belts

Guy got to check out the time-consuming process while in the Market.


yummy fruit and Sorbet in Saly, Senegal April 19, 2012

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yummy fruit and Sorbet in Saly, Senegal