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It is a simple walk up the street. It is one that I have taken over a hundred times to get packages, food, or just a stroll. It is a little village space behind my house. Nothing special really, but it is Qingdao, China.

The people still look at me a bit funny. I get the “you’re not from around here look” from many of them. A few now smile and wave. They know me and recognize me. I do look different, so I stand out.

I must admit, my Chinese is not horrible, it is far worse than that…

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Classroom management is not complicated.

I was chatting with a colleague about this today. It isn’t complicated to manage your classroom. There are really only two things you need to be a good classroom manager.

First, you need healthy, positive relationships with your students. This is non-negotiable. You must have positive relationships with your students. They need to know that you care about them as human beings. They need to know that you are okay with them making mistakes from time to time. They need to know that you know their first names on sight.

Second, you need to be…

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Have you ever watched a keynote speaker or presenter? Maybe one of the amazing TED talks like Sir Ken Robinson or Rita Pierson. They move us and inspire us. We want to be able to present like them with such passion that others will follow us.

Here is a little secret, you can, and you can’t.

Yes, you can be as inspiring and amazing as any of the keynote presenters as a conference or online on one of the amazing TED talks. You have the ability as an educator to be that person in your classroom. …

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I have to be honest. I have been struggling at putting words on paper recently. I must have put a dozen or more starters on paper and saved them and countless others that I started then deleted. I have been going no where with writing recently. So, I am putting this out there for my friends and colleagues.

This will probably be messy.

Stress sucks. It has been slowly eating away at me over the past few months. Stress of work. Stress of working in an environment where we could go back online at any time. Stress of not knowing…

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In the middle of January, over a year ago, I left China for the United States to, among other things, deal with my father’s memorial. COVID was just a discussion and a minor issue in Wuhan at that time. The world was a very different place.

3 weeks later, we were re-scheduling flights back to China with an uncertain return date. Flights were cancelled, our return was pushed back. Finally, we just stepped out in faith, made a reservation, and got on a plane to go back to Qingdao. The world we returned to was a very different place.


Living overseas as an expatriate has its perks and benefits. Simply living in a different, foreign country is an amazing growth experience. Not only does one get to learn about a new culture, but they also get to live it daily. Not only that, one gets to be gainfully employed while doing so.

Living overseas is not for the faint of heart. Some of you should just stick to vacationing for a week or two at a time and returning to your home country and experiences. …

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And there it is, yet another of the same question. Should students be required to have their cameras on during class instruction?

This question must go around at least once a month. Often when schools are entering online learning, going into some form of hybrid learning, or when teachers are trying to manage their online classes after a long period of time. It is the same question over and over. Should we require students to have their cameras on during online learning?

Here is a very real question, if the student doesn’t have their camera on and it is a…

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On Thursday, we return to online teaching. No, I am not excited about the prospect nor do I think it is a good idea. However, we, as a school, have been told by the government that is what we are doing so, that is that. Back to online teaching it is.

As we look at the prospect of returning to the world of video screens and cameras, I am anything but excited. The hope is our return to online teaching is short. Based on current conditions in China, it will be shorter than some of my friends are dealing with…

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I remember the conversation very vividly. Don was angry. I mean really angry and wasn’t really sure how to move forward but knew we had to do something. I could tell that he wasn’t really sure how I would respond and maybe even thought talking to me about it was a bit futile.

The year was 2008. I had been working with Don for a short time, only a couple months. Our relationship was tumultuous at this point. We barely knew each other, and we were learning how to work with each other. Our biggest sticking point? Well, there were…

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It is tough having a birthday between Christmas and New Year’s. Also, as a wrestler, my birthday always fell during wrestling season. As an educator, it was always a break time. One time, one year, I was not on vacation for my birthday, but it was on a weekend. Those the breaks of the end of the year vacations, breaks, and birthdays.

It is also a good time to reflect. As I sit here on the last day of December 2020, there is a lot to think about. This year has been full on and crazy! As an American, there…

Everett H.

Athletic Director, International School Educator, Observer of Human Behavior, and Classroom Management Mentor, Discussing Classrooms in Crisis

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