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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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…

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…

World Nomads for Travel Insurance

We just solved one of our top problems of our trip which was what to do about insurance. Another couple friend of ours who is taking a trip around the world for a year is opting to 'go uninsured' during that time and hope that nothing happens. Still, shit happens. After spending months shopping around,…

Kids and Screen Time: How Much is ‘Too Much?’

One of the more paradoxical conundrums I read about on a daily basis is kids and screen time. Since the digital learning revolution has been fully embraced by schools that can afford it and skills weave themselves into lesson from teachers that can teach it, we have to ask ourselves "How much is too much?"…

Living with Air Pollution

School was cancelled last week on Tuesday due to an unprecedented reason- air pollution. I relished in the shiny luck of mother nature dispensing snow days back home while growing up in Minnesota. We'd watch as the snowfall slowly floated down in the evening and then wake up anxiously to see if it was enough…

The End of a Ski Season

There are moments that divide our lives. Milestones of your child's development. A promotion. Moving across the country. The loss of a family member or addition of a new one by birth or marriage. When we look back at these moments, they divide our memories into segments of our time before it happened and how…