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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