Author Archives: sharyn

The Books that Keep on Giving (7/20)

I have acquired many books over the years. There are some that I have read once and not looked at again. There are others that I have read and continue to reference and reread for various reasons. Here is a … Continue reading

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Sorting it all out (6/20)

Since I left Ohio in 2005 to teach overseas, I have had many wonderful opportunities to grow and develop my learning and teaching practices. I first learned about the IB programmes when I joined The International School of Düsseldorf in … Continue reading

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Before and After PD #IBAD2019 (5/20)

Back in 2015, I shared a post on my action plan after the 2015 IB Conference in Macau.After returning from the 2019 IB Conference in Abu Dhabi I thought about my conference preparations and takeaways.  When the conference schedule became … Continue reading

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Invite Thinking (4/20)

Over the course of my international teaching career I had only heard positive things about Cognitive Coaching(℠). It has been described to me as the best professional development, right up there with The PTC. While having not been a part … Continue reading

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Making Strategic Plans Happen (3/20)

In my last two schools I have taken a large role in re-envisioning the schools’ guiding statements and the structuring of their strategic plans. While the process has been different in each school, the essential elements have been the same; … Continue reading

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Unpacking with Parents (2/20)

I believe the partnership between home and school is critical in supporting the whole child. Each year I try to think about the best way to share information with parents and invite them into the life of the school.  I … Continue reading

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2 Decades of Teaching and Still Learning (1 of 20)

This 2019-2020 school year marks my 20th year as an educator. My journey started in Cleveland, Ohio in the same elementary school I attended as a child. That August in 2000, I joined a wonderful team of colleagues, some of … Continue reading

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Non-Negotiables at School

As I shared before in a previous blog post, our school has a professional book club. Our first title this semester is, ‘Neuro Teach; Brain Science and the Future of Education’ by Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher. As I started … Continue reading

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Guided by Guiding Statements

A few years back I composed a post about schools and their Mission, Vision, and Learning Principles. I was reminded of this post last week as we enter a new academic year. At my current school, we begin each academic … Continue reading

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Cultivating Your School’s Culture

As I met with our new teachers this week, I began to reflect on what I shared with them about their new school. More specifically, how we support a professional and positive school culture for all teachers and students. I don’t … Continue reading

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