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An interview with aspiring teacher, Emily Gelhkin

One of the perks of being an ageing elementary school teacher is that I occasionally get to hear how my former students are doing.

An interview with aspiring teacher, Emily Gelhkin

One of the perks of being an ageing elementary school teacher is that I occasionally get to hear how my former students are doing.

Personal and Professional Goals for 2014-2015

Personal and Professional Goals for 2014-2015

Barry Mernin:

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Originally posted on Expat Teacher Man:

“Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.”Kristin Armstrong

  A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the…

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Personal and Professional Goals for 2014-2015

Personal and Professional Goals for 2014-2015

“Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.”Kristin Armstrong

A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you’re in…

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Having a Baby in Japan.

Having a Baby in Japan.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso quotes from BrainyQuote.com

I am a father now.

Nearly three weeks ago my kid was born here in the Hyogo region of Japan. The following is what I will remember:

Japanese maternity wings are a hoot. The nurses worked so very hard to make sure that my wife was comfortable. Each person we met was…

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Waiting on a Friend

But I need someone I can cry to, I need someone to protect. -Mick Jagger

The waiting is the hardest part -Tom Petty

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The past week I am holed up at my in law’s home in Itami, Japan. I continue to await the birth of my first child. My in-laws are ready. I am ready. My wife is more than ready. I feel as if I am sitting on the tarmac ready for a life to take off.

My former colleague’s are back in…

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Leaving Hong Kong

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”  Leo Tolstoy

“I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.”  John Lennon Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com

Saying goodbye and leaving Hong Kongwas…

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Next stop, Amman…

Next stop, Amman…

“Never give up on anybody.”

Hubert H. Humphrey

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/hubert_h_humphrey.html#tWtQmpuMYDRoY5IG.99

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Amman Jordan at night

Leaving your job as an international schoolteacher is a daunting proposition. Teachers need to resign from their current job, grovel for letters of recommendation, update their portfolio and resume, fly to job fairs (best…

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The complete guide to listening to music at work

The complete guide to listening to music at work

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Barry Mernin:

I recommend Celtic instrumental music.

Originally posted on Quartz:

If you’re reading this article at work, there’s a decent chance you’re wearing headphones .

It has never been easier to tune in to your own customized soundtrack—or more necessary to tune out your open-office coworkers, cubicle mates, and fellow coffee-shop denizens. But not all music is created equal,…

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International School Recruitment Season

This month, yet again, I am off to London and Hong Kong to attend two job fairs. I hope to sign a contract with a “just-right” school. I intend to find an international school that provides dynamic professional development, a challenging curriculum, a…

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A Conversation with Allison Harris of Blue Marble Education Service				
					
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My new friend, Allison Harris, is…View Post

A Conversation with Allison Harris of Blue Marble Education Service

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Dear Reader,

My new friend, Allison Harris, is…

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