What Did ASK Teach You?

It is time for a comment contest. Today we want to ask the question,

“What did ASK teach you?”

On the Employment Page of the ASK website are a series of scrolling graphics which vary in their degree of irony. One in particular caught our attention. We have removed the teacher’s name and image for privacy.

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It made us think. What do teachers at ASK come away with? Did you learn about qualities you want in your next school? What about qualities you don’t want? Did your classroom management style change significantly at ASK? What about your approach to professional development?

Comment below and tell us, both positive and negative, what lessons ASK taught you.


  1. ASK has taught me to read the fine print, and know exactly what each word on your contract means (not a bad thing). It’s bureaucracy has also taught me what a true for-profit school looks like, and it’s disgusting and sad. Professionally, I have learned nothing from my admin team,supervisors, PD – nor the superintendant of curriculum. Isn’t a curriculum coordinator supposed to work with its community? To build growth and teacher agency? If anything, I have learned from a handful of peers and especially from my students! Finally, ASK has taught (aka, forced) me to accept the two phrases “i’m sorry” and “inshallah” as effective modes of communication and transparency. I am happy to be leaving a place that seems to have lost the growth and community it continues to talk so highly of!


    1. Becky always liked to say that ‘we’re all in this together.’ The fact is the togetherness is somewhat lost. I’m hoping that Superintendent Murphy can create a legit community, not one where admin rules with fear and no one wants to dare stand out for fear of the owner’s retribution.


  2. While ASK provides curriculum resources some of which include, Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, and Everyday Math, it would be inaccurate to say that the school taught me anything about curricula. I did all my own learning, inquiring and research. I was actually working among other teachers that did not support RW/WW or Everyday Math, and therefor everyone was secretly doing something different. I am not here to criticize anyone for not supporting or being diligent with the curricula, but here to say that perhaps if the school trained their teachers, and provided PLC’s that were helpful, then maybe teachers would understand the importance and value in the curricula.

    ASK did teach me this: not to trust anyone, and that I will never work for a for-profit private school again. ASK sucked away my enthusiasm for teaching, and turned me jaded, so jaded that at my new school I was so amazed to see normalcy in a happy workplace environment. I felt like an abused person, who finally left.


    1. “perhaps if the school trained their teachers, and provided PLC’s that were helpful, then maybe teachers would understand the importance and value in the curricula.”



  3. ASK has taught me, much like a previous poster, to trust no one. As cynical as that sounds, administrative teams across many international schools aren’t truly working towards student achievement, but to fulfill the status quo in order to make their lives easier.

    That being said, I have also learned a tremendous amount about how to deal with poor administrators. Working with admin is much like playing chess in that you anticipate moves and strategize accordingly. That, to me, is invaluable and has helped me forge better relationships with admin at my new school.


  4. I learned that you can be bullied into assimilating to a school culture that is not invested in children, but invested in appeasing the business, and the admin who get ahead by conforming. Oh, and if you call yourself a “lifer” you have a better shot at a promotion/treated better. So, my advice to all, is to pretend to be a “lifer”


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