Monday, July 7, 2014

My Self-Curated Short Story Collection for English 9

I feel as though I've been spending a great deal of my time over the course of this summer curating.  One of my projects has been to put together my own collection of global tales for my Grade 9 English students to study next year.  It has not been at all easy to arrive at this list, and I'm still not sure that I feel entirely comfortable with having left out Chekhov, Kafka, and Joyce Carol Oates, but here is the final product nevertheless.  Perhaps it will be useful to someone else...

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Ultimate Book Recommendations List

One of my summer projects has been to put together a list of books that have made a significant impact on me during the course of my life to share with my students.  Reading over other people's lists has always left me feeling dissatisfied.  There were books I was sure they'd missed as well as books that they'd included with which I totally disagreed.  So, here, at last, is mine.  No doubt from other people's perspectives I have included a number of books that shouldn't be there and left out a bunch of books that should be, but it's my list and I'm sticking to it!  Click on the link below to download and happy reading...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

This is Maryam

A video my team and I made for our Connected Learning Institute!


Monday, February 17, 2014


My first professional development session at AISJ with @theMrsMiller.  It was awesome!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

3rd Edition of The Remix

Each year, my J-students put together a magazine.  This year they've outdone themselves.  Great stories, good writing, beautiful design work - I am very proud of them!  Here is the cover:

Sunday, March 24, 2013

MSA Re-accreditation Visit

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools re-accreditation visit.  This was probably one of the best professional development experiences I have ever had.  First of all, the opportunity to work with a diverse and highly professional team of fellow educators as we worked closely together for a week to try to write the best report we could was outstanding.  Second, the chance to become intimately familiar with a school and its improvement process was a genuine privilege.  There are many ways to go about improving a school, and it was interesting to compare and contrast the path that this school has taken with our own. Although I am now hugely behind on my work here at school, I came away from the experience re-inspired by the mission of international education and full of ideas to take back to my own school.  I highly recommend all teachers to involve themselves with the re-accreditation process, whether through the MSA or through some other re-accrediting body - you will not regret it! 

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