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Using “EduProtocols” Tools to Boost Virtual Learning – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog One goal I had for the year was to put into practice many of the ideas that I’d highlighted in professional development books in the past – only to put them on a shelf to gather dust. As we enter our second month of virtual learning, I’m so grateful that I decided to get back into The EduProtocol Field Guide by Marlena Hebern and Jon Corippo. Many of their activities translated easily into online practice, allowing me…

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Preparing to Become an International Teacher – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog I began teaching internationally more than 15 years ago, and it’s been a rich and rewarding life. Perhaps you’ve made up your mind. You want to teach abroad. You’ve read the articles and done your homework, and it seems to be the best next step for your career. Hiring for international schools begins in mid-autumn, so you most likely have some months to prepare your application. When you are ready to commit, how can you make yourself…

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Eleven Provocations to Spark Thinking When Class Starts – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog We all want our students to begin class motivated to learn and brimming with questions and theories about the topic. To do this, I modify an idea from the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program: the provocation. In my classes, this looks like an activity designed to engage the students and get them in a “what if” frame of mind – wondering and in the mood to learn. Provocations should be short activities that require minimal set-up. The…

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