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I know I am leaving Shanghai soon, and that I’ve already said goodbye to so many wonderful friends and people who have already moved on, but tonight I had to give an especially hard goodbye. When I moved to Shanghai, my life was completely different. I came here in 2011 on a two year mission to land a job in Moscow with my then wife, Natasha. She however, had other plans and… Read More

It seems having the appropriate apparel is not enough for my ever inquisitive and outgoing middle school students…. “Mr. Sutton, how do you KNOW you belong in Slytherin? Have you been sorted at Pottermore?” Well, yes I have in fact, I have!

“Who am I? No, I’m not Draco, though he is a dear friend of mine. No, I am from America, though I attended Hogwarts as an exchange student many years ago. Slytherin was, and still is my beloved house though. Now muggle, if you don’t mind, kindly get out of my way as I have much to do!” Below: A few students also dressed up as Hogwarts house members. My colleague and… Read More

My school has been selling Halloween Candy Grams for a week or so, but they just raised the prices to about $3. Today, a student came by and said he was unhappy with the price, so He bought his own supplies and made this one for me! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I love these kids.

Today, on a quick run to Forest Cafe for a couple of milk teas, I ran into this cute fellow. Almost exactly 1 year ago, our paths crossed for the first time. I’m starting to think we are in some way connected! LOL

I’m so happy that Leo seems to really love his story time. His favorite book so far is Cat In the Hat, followed by One Fish, Two Fish, and then perhaps Green Eggs and Ham. Ya, stereotypical, all Dr. Seuss, but the bold primary colors and poetic nature of his stories really appeal to Leo. I just introduced Winnie the Pooh and now Scooby Doo. I hope he continues to loves both… Read More

UN Day is among my favorite days every year as our school kids dress up in our national colors and gather for a school wide parade, followed by speeches and student performances. It’s always a great day.

As I said last time, here is a a simple desk organizer I printed. It warped as the material cooled, but it works mostly as intended! So cool.

Today I started reading Live Long and… What I Learned Along the Way, by William Shatner. I expected this to be a typical book about the actor’s life, successes, etc., and while I’m only 15% in, I have to say it is a great book, that has already left me feeling positive and motivated for the days yet to come! Shatner comes across as a calm, insightful, thoughtful and practical individual, providing… Read More

I’m teaching a new unit in my grade 6 Design classes where the kids are researching, planning and developing some original toothbrush holders. As of this week, they are starting to print them using our 3D printers, which means in the last few weeks I’ve been teaching myself to use our school’s CAD/CAM software, and it’s been a lot of fun. I’ll post more pictures later, but today I designed and printed… Read More