course correcting

my colleague Peter and i met over the summer to figure out how to rework our curriculum for this year for grade 9 global history, both because i just wrote the course last year and we wanted to update and improve it, and because we both wanted to incorporate more diversity/equity/inclusion concepts in it. instead […]

nyc during quarantine

i moved here a year ago; almost half my time here in NYC has been during the coronavirus. friends asked me, “how is NYC?” – my answer, of course, differed by the week. in March and April it was frightening. ambulance sirens sang frequently through the empty streets. people were furtive when venturing out for […]

the dangerous attraction of competence

i’ve been having conversations recently about new and old relationships, harm and accountability, microaggressions, agency, and regret. then my yoga class today was about both the power of play and beginner’s mind, and playing around (i did an unsupported headstand by myself for the first time!) on the mat, listening to N direct our meditation […]

there is no such thing as a global education

an administrator told me the other day that he had read my international teaching blog, and that i had ‘an interesting view on international teaching’. we discussed one post i had written about recognizing my inherent American value set and that i understood and was reconciled to it. although i think we as educators need […]

mindsets

-it’s like Victorian times: multiple generations in one house, no outside childcare, many many joint meals. the carving out of private spaces. ‘society’ is the family. visitors do not come. the mail is exciting and novel. any introduction of news, anecdote, etc. is discussed thoroughly; small mannerisms grow to annoy or endear; familiarity compounds familiarity. […]

school days

things at school have been good lately. i’m having potent conversations with kids. today: accidental group therapy in improv: ‘share a rose and a thorn’ turned into the other 2 students acting them out. kids told stories about fun things and ridiculous things and annoying things; unjust teachers and gossiping peers and embarrassing moments; and […]

reclaiming imagination in history class

Listening to a talk about marriage, monogamy, and sex ed with Esther Perel and Dan Savage today, I was struck by a statement by Perel. Ostensibly it has nothing to do with history. She said, “…at this point, I would probably close up a lot of things for a while, just to give us the […]

being ‘home’

so what is it like to move back to the States after 6 years of living and teaching abroad? it’s basically wonderful. but that may be because i moved ‘back’ to the greatest city on Earth. for me, this is the first time i’ve lived alone (no significant other, no roommates) in the US. it’s […]

progress

when i first started teaching, i thought a lot about how to ask my students “What do you know?” later, i realized what i cared more about was asking “What do you think?” now, i’m starting to build more of my classes around “Why do you think that?”