Raising a Mighty Girl

"Tell me Ava, why do you think Sistine said what she did about Southern people?" I asked. We were reading the book 'The Tiger Rising' by Kate DiCamillo and Sistine (the female protagonist) introduced herself to her new classmates in Kentucky by declaring southerners ignorant. Her classmates answered back on the playground afterwards. "Does she…

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How We Budgeted For a Year of World Travel

A recent Fed survey highlighted that 40 percent of Americans can't cover an unexpected $400 emergency. At my previous school, I co-taught a course on financial literacy and found that it's usually bad financial habits that keep people destitute. Unnecessary expenditures of gym memberships, FOMO inspired extravagant living, and a daily Starbucks keeps even established…

Designing Curriculum for a Global Education

Working on curriculum can feel like a slog for many teachers. Teaching is a hard profession. With only so many hours in the school year (and even day) to create and mark assessments, meet with colleagues and prepare for lessons, (let alone teach them) it's easy to neglect updating curriculum maps to ensure the viability…

Connecting Your Classroom to the World

One of the things I'm looking forward to the most next year is the ability to collaborate globally. As a classroom teacher, I've been able to foster connections using tools like skype and hangouts with professionals such as authors and scientists in fields that my students are learning about and are innately curious. Tools like…

Waiting for the Hammer to Fall

We're in our final few weeks of living in South Korea. It's a funny thing- living while such an impending life event is on the horizon. Just yesterday, we were out in the Itaewon neighborhood of Seoul, having a celebratory dinner and cocktails with our friend Roori at 'Vatos' before taking a taxi to Insadong…