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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…

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If you have not had the opportunity to hear John Zola speak, I highly recommend it. I had the opportunity to hear him speak in South Korea on the topic of Socratic Seminars. He was entertaining, educational, and shared great ideas about how and why we should run these types of seminars with students. But, that is not why I am writing about him today.

During one of the presentations, he talked about the use of tables over desks. During a session he was presented with using a table for the Socratic seminar session. His response, “Oh I don’t like…

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Have you ever made an Irish Coffee?

If you have, you know the recipe is simple. If not, there are four ingredients you need, but you can make do with three. Black coffee, whiskey, and heavy whipped cream. It is simple as adding whiskey into coffee and finishing it off with heavy whipped cream on top. That is it, there is nothing complicated about making an Irish Coffee.

Now, if you want a proper Irish Coffee, there are likely a few more steps. For example, if you go to The Buena Vista in San Francisco, oh my friend, you are…

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I recently posted a picture of an experiential education trip that I took with a group of students on Facebook. The image, a group of students and myself on an overlook on a windy day. We had hiked from our lodging up to see a small temple which was revered by the local people. When we arrived there, there was a beautiful overlook where we could see the Yellow Sea, the village, and the surrounding area. It was a windy day and we had a school flag flying as well as trying to stay warm. …

Everett H.

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

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