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Amateur writer, musician, photographer, filmmaker and all around provocateur, I am persistently preaching the gospel of sharing and open expression for students and teachers alike. I regularly explore the possibilities of the web not only for my own personal and professional growth, but then I faithfully shares what I find with students, co-workers and network members like you. An intense and passionate storyteller, I have a story to tell to and with you.

More boring adult stuff- I have a B.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in TESOL from Teacher’s College, Columbia. I have eight years of teaching experience overseas and have also taught for two years at a high needs high school in New York City. I teach Language Arts and Humanities, but I can also teach Journalism and Global Issues. I am currently an English teacher and IT coach at Sinarmas World Academy.

I love teaching and cannot think of any other job that I would rather have. I far more enjoying spending time with young adults than grown ones, and I feel sorry for people who do not have the time to spend with kids.

To learn more about me, please snoop around this blog. Start with my philosophy on education and see where that takes you. To really get a sense of who I am, however, I suggest you follow the trail I have left all over the Internet.

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  1. avatar
    January 23, 2008


    What a nice blog! Thanks for posting the link on Classroom 2.0.


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    Sanford Jones permalink
    February 6, 2008

    Dear Jabiz,
    Thank you for the welcome letter! I am very excited about joining “the team” and looking forward to getting to know you and all of the teachers. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Sanford Jones. I come from Massachusetts, USA and am currently the band guy at AIS in Israel. I came to the Middle East from Arizona where I was doing a masters degree at U of A in Tucson. My biggest claim to fame though is being a tuba player and conductor for the Broadway show, BLAST! ( The show, if you are unfamiliar, is like the American marching band version of Riverdance or Stomp.

    I am not a blogger personally however, I enjoy reading the adventures of others. I am a huge fan of pictures so if you have any of Doha and/or Qatar in general to share, I am quite willing browse!

    Again, thank you for your warm welcome. I look forward to August when we meet in person!

    Happy blogging!

  3. avatar
    May 4, 2008

    Hi Jabiz,

    We really do have a lot of books, and therefore interests, in common – I have been lurking on your blogs for a while, and enjoy your reflections. I’m also interested in social justice and activism, buddhism, environmentalism, peace and music. I was glad to see that you’ve recently discovered Michael Franti and Spearhead. We seem to have similar interests in literature/fiction too. I’m glad to have made the connection, and I’ll be adding a few books from your Library Thing list to my Visual Bookshelf.

  4. avatar
    May 24, 2008

    Hello Jabiz
    Nice blog. You might be interested in adding your blog details to the International Edubloggers Directory at

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    MJ Farris permalink
    June 5, 2008

    Hello Jabiz,
    I have a lead on a MS Humanities, probably grade 8, teaching position in Beirut, Lebanon. Email me if you might be interested.

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    October 19, 2008

    Jabiz Raisdana,

    I found your name on “Directory of Learning Professionals on Twitter” and wanted to reach out to you. I visited your Twitter page.

    My name is Gomathi and I am the Market Development Manager for Englishcafe. We are currently in beta and could use some feedback on the site. Will you help us out by giving us a quick peek or tweet? In the very near future we will be launching a program where Tutors can make money on our site as well. I may circle back to you when that launches.

    Can we touch base soon?

    Gomathi Shankar
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    Englishcafe is the premier English learning community for global professionals.

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    December 16, 2008


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  8. avatar
    May 14, 2009

    Hi & sorry for contacting you this way. Just couldn’t find your email.

    I’ve created a software that assists words memorization & provides a way to exchange dictionaries. You might find it useful. Available at

    Thanks for your time,

  9. avatar
    Emily M. Brown permalink
    December 8, 2009

    Good afternoon Jabiz,
    I think this blog is excellently maintained and a great education resource. I read that as the Intrepid Teacher, your goal is to reflect on teaching, network, and to share new sites. I believe I have a resource that could be useful to your readers and is education related. Please contact me for more information, thank you!

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    May 22, 2010

    I have been through your website and am thoroughly impressed with its content & scope of reach in terms of networking with relevant sites.I have found your site to be thoroughly informative,equally for the lay man and also very thought provokingly entertaining.Your numerous citations by different eminent personalities in the field of medicine are a proof to the same fact.
    I would be interested in buying Site Wide Links in your website for my web properties, some of which are with commercial interests catering to educational services ( as it would allow my site to reach out to more interested,educationally as well as medicinally aware candidates.Moreover being a educationally related blog my site link on your blog would prove to be a useful tool for many medicine entrant aspirants.
    Also your suggestions for my site providing help material to Australian undergraduate & graduate medicine pursuers would be very valuable and modifications would be very welcome to make the site approachable to more & more medicine aspirants.

    I would like to know if you would be interested in my proposal.
    Also,I would like to know would my site wide link be a footer or a header or if otherwise if you could specify the position of the site wide link & the prices to be incurred for implementing the same.I would be highly obliged if you could furnish me with an answer and required details as I would like to give shape to my plans ASAP.


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    Maureen Yoder permalink
    February 9, 2011

    Dear Jabiz,

    Your ADE video for your application is fantastic!
    It is quick moving, informative, and entertaining!
    Well done!

    I also submitted an application – for the United States group. I did not receive any sort of confirmation from the application or a follow-up email. I did a search to see if I could find any other applicants and found YOU! It is very nice to connect with you!

    Did YOU receive a confirmation?


    Maureen Yoder – Lesley University – Cambridge, Massachusetts

    P.S. Here’s my video:

  12. avatar
    February 21, 2011

    Hey Jabiz,

    I wanted to check out your philosophy, but your link is down. Just thought I’d give you the heads up!

    Anthony (@MrCapps)

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    April 24, 2011

    I totally agree with you – I couldn’t imagine doing anything else and also feel sorry for those who don’t get to experience others learning – my favorite part is seeing students’ “ah-ha moments.”


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    Dan Gilbert permalink
    September 1, 2011

    Hello, I have a quick question for you about your site. If you could please get back to me as soon as possible I would greatly appreciate it. Have a great day!

    Communications Coordinator
    Primrose Schools

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    April 22, 2013

    Hi Jabiz,

    How are you guys going? Just heading over to Singapore for a medical treatment and have a days rest before I have to return. Was wondering if you and Mairin were able to catch up? How are your lovely girls going?
    I was also hoping to chat with Sarah the Art teacher at UWC, I meet her on the ARARTE workshop and would love to ask if I could visit the school and see her art room and what she does with the kids.
    Let me know if your able to. Love to everyone

    Beth – ES Art teacher SWA

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    October 15, 2014

    I’m Hannah. I’m from Alabama. Great job on your blog. I love it. You are very talented. Keep up the good work! :) Please visit my blog at Thank you! :)

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    October 8, 2015

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