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Why Do We Fixate On the Bad?

Do you ever find yourself dwelling on something negative that happened a few days ago, even though most other aspects of your week were really positive? Turn on the news and you will see overwhelming negative content dominating TV, print, and online media. Why? Because negative news coverage grabs more attention (viewers) than positive content….

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Life is a Field Trip

As students return from cultural trips, I’m reminded of the words of the great American author and teacher, John Gardner: “The business of education is to give the student both useful information and life enhancing experience; one largely measurable, the other not.” The importance of the above quotations has stuck with me since I first…

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The Benefits of Reading to Children

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” – Kate DiCamillo Earlier this month, the children’s classic Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd celebrated 75 years in publication. Through the years, Goodnight Moon has been translated into many languages–unfortunately…

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Teacher Spotlight: Jude Little

Introduce yourself in one sentence, please I am Jude Little. I am a sporty, adventurous, mountain-obsessed, motivated and happy Grade 4 Teacher with a lot of wanderlust! How long have you been at AAS? This is Year 3 (already!) Share something we do not expect to hear from you? I get bored easily and have…

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Alumni Spotlight: Zehra Khan

Introduce yourself in one sentence, please. Hello! I’m Zehra, I’m 18, and I’m from Pakistan. I joined AAS in August of 2020, so I’ve been here for both 11th and 12th grade. Can you tell us a little bit about your experience at AAS and what you love most about the school? I was naturally…

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Encouraging a Self-Motivated Child

After a well-deserved summer break, the return to school required everyone to get back to structure and routines. This left many students, teachers, and possibly parents in a complete brain fog as the shift happened so quickly. And, as the excitement of the new school year drifts away and schedules get filled, some parents might…

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Teacher Spotlight: Rossi Anastassova

Introduce yourself in one sentence, please I toss up water for good luck and clear paths at the main AAS events and I teach Bulagrian language, literature, culture, history and CAS in IB. How long have you been at AAS? Since August,2003 – next school year will be my 20th Share something we do not…

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Flipping the Social Proof

Should I or shouldn’t I? There have been dozens of times these last couple weeks I’ve watched students peeking to the side, twisting their heads, and sometimes actually even doing a 360 survey of the crowd, all trying to answer one question… Should I or shouldn’t I? There’s this beautiful thing that happens every school…

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Welcome to the New 2022-2023 School Year

“I think sleeping was my problem in school. If school had started at four in the afternoon, I’d be a college graduate today.” – George Foreman When summer holiday begins each June, many students welcome the opportunity to sleep in each day instead of only on weekends. As the summer progresses, they stay up later…

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Teacher Spotlight: Dominic Carrillo

Introduce yourself in one sentence, please I am a teacher, father, husband, writer, reader, and amateur musician who loves to travel and experience new things, people, and places. How long have you been at AAS? 10 years. Share something we do not expect to hear from you? When I was an adjunct history professor at…

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Teacher Spotlight: Matthew Wiest

Get to know Mr. Wiest, one of our Grade 5 Teachers. Introduce yourself in one sentence, please. My name is Matthew Wiest, I am a father, a husband, a teacher, and a Third Culture Kid. How long have you been at AAS? I am concluding my third year. Share something we do not expect to…

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