Alex Lancia

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My First Impressions of Kuala Lumpur

I have been in Malaysia for a week now and these are my first impressions and random thoughts (in no particular order) ... Tons of Lights ... everywhere. On buildings. Roads (funny enough this is one of the first things we... Continue Reading →

A student, teacher, and parent remembers #ICSAddis

So last week I was curious and asked a group of my former Grade 2 students to write down what they remember about their time in my grade 2 classroom. Then on the last day of school, much to my... Continue Reading →

Manage Your Browser Tabs Using the TabCloud Extension for Google Chrome

If you're like me you, your Chrome browser is probably running tons of tabs.  Aside from draining your battery and slowing down your machine, all these open tabs are also frustrating to manage (especially when you have so many open... Continue Reading →

How I Use Mathletics in an Elementary Classroom

Mathletics is one of the resources available at our elementary school to help deliver the math curriculum. In this post I want to highlight some of the features of Mathletics so that you can decide whether it might be something... Continue Reading →

9 Tips for International School Teachers Who Are Recruiting

A rollercoaster. This is the term I would use to define my first year officially “on the market” as an international educator. There were many ups and downs during the process, and fortunately for our family it ended very well.... Continue Reading →

Sans Algorithms: Reflections on Travel & Moving

I have spent the last few weekends “tidying house” and trying to figure out what, from a seemingly endless jumble of possessions, I will be taking with me on our new adventure to KL at the end of June. So... Continue Reading →

Use Google Forms to Manage your Classroom Library

Over the years I have tried many a system for checking out classroom library books to students. Some systems were too onerous on teacher time. Some systems didn’t provide sufficient accountability so books would permanently be borrowed never to return!... Continue Reading →

Standing on the Shoulders of @j_iglar

Who we are is complicated. We are a temporal product of all our influences, both good and bad, from our parents, to our friends, and all of those who we meet along the way. As educators it is much the... Continue Reading →

My Student of Tomorrow

So over the holidays during our annual "spring cleaning" I found this ... Who today still knows how to use a good old fashioned type-writer?  I don't.  Using a type-writer, like anything else, requires a certain level of skill that... Continue Reading →

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