You Can Change Your Mind

(The following is a script of my talk at the TEDxYouth@AEL event at Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln, Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 13, 2018).   Raise your hand if you think you’re not good at math. Raise your hand if you’re not good at drawing. Raise your hand if you can’t really understand poetry. As a teacher, […]

do we live here or are we vacationing?

the reality of being an expat is that your family and friends back home usually assume you live some kind of art-film existence in which you travel constantly, never work, have poetic interactions in another language with strangers, and stay up late every night. the reality is that even while living abroad, we still have […]

activism abroad

1- A few days ago, I stopped to yell at some guys on the street. I had been running, and ahead of me on the sidewalk I saw a woman with long hair in a ponytail, a sports bra, and running tights. She jogged towards me and passed me, as I watched 3 local men […]

conversations with students

today, in IB History: a minor digression (identifying key players in the Vietnam War) turned into a mini-rant (mine) about China’s censorship, Mao’s agricultural policies (the killing of sparrows!), and its current anti-democratic actions. they wanted to talk about it, were excited to share their ideas, ask questions. i kept apologizing for my strong feelings, […]

tiring and inspiring

i had the most busy day. i had first period off, but then four classes in a row: Psychology, Social Studies 9, another section of Social Studies 9, then Social Studies 10. In each of my Social Studies classes, they worked to prepare for an upcoming essay assessment while I met with 15+ students individually […]