Am I Wrong? Balanced Literacy and the Science of Reading

Teachers Need Reflection Too In international teaching, I’ve noticed the conversation of phonics comes up much more with parents than it does in the US. Especially considering the British system (that I admittedly don’t know much about) places a lot of weight on phonics. So, when I saw this debate light up again on Facebook and Instagram this fall, I wanted to learn more. My background with dyslexia, phonics, and guided reading is really skewed, and I’ve never really known what to think about the whole debate. I never really believe that something is 100% the right way and something…

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Weekly Wisdom

Masterpieces & Works IN Progress You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.  -Sophia Bush Sometimes as teachers we don’t like to admit that we are works in progress. This Sophia Bush quote describes exactly what we are as teachers. We are both a masterpiece and also a work in progress. That’s what teaching is all about it. It’s about being a great teacher and looking to become even better at the same time.  Our students are the same. They are both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously. That is what makes…

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How to Teach Abroad: Applying and Interviewing

How to Teach Abroad Start the Process Early Now that you’ve decided to teach internationally, you might be wondering how do I teach abroad? Where do I start? It’s time to apply for positions and interview with new schools. The process for applying and interviewing happens much earlier than it would in the US. You’ll find that not only is the timeline moved up the process will be slightly different as well.  When I was applying to teach internationally the first time, I worked on my resume in September, and I asked my principal for a letter of recommendation in October.…

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Friday Five: Back to School After Winter Break

Going back to school after winter break can be ROUGH! We’ve all been there. Transitioning back into the new year can be tricky. The kids are still in vacation mode, and you might be too. Here are five tips to help reign it in and get back to business after a long break. Getting Back to School After winter Break One Catch Up With Each Other You just had a break! Take a minute to catch up and share all about your holidays. As an international teacher, students often travel to different countries and places over breaks. We usually get…

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Parent Communication Log with Google

Parent Communication Log- I NEED IT TO BE EASY Using Google Forms as a parent communication log is one of the greatest things I’ve ever done. It is so easy and super helpful!  A few years ago, I was about halfway through the year when I realized that I wasn’t keeping logging any of my parent communication! Eeek! It wasn’t that I wasn’t communicating with parents. I wasn’t making any record of it. I tried to jot down a sticky note and put it in a file, but it wasn’t working. It wasn’t easy enough for me, and all those…

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