Author Archives: sharyn

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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Leveraging Parents as Critical Partners in the PYP

Conducting parent workshops on the essential elements of The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is key for your school. These workshops allow parents the opportunity to engage in the same learning process their children do on a daily basis, thus providing parents the chance to … Continue reading

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