Teach Like an Artist

I told everyone I was doing this for my five-year-old granddaughter, but I must admit I felt giddy standing next to Miss America, Nia Franklin, to have my picture taken. I was at Lincoln Center in New York during a week-long institute called the “Aesthetic Education Immersion Lab.” I didn’t know what to expect from […]

After the 1:1 Honeymoon Period

My Love/Hate Relationship With Student Chromebooks This article originally appeared in Literacy Daily, the International Literacy Association’s blog. I looked at the pile of Chromebooks on my desk and wondered how I had gotten to this place. I had spent the period remotely closing tabs students had opened, mostly related to Fortnite or some other addicting game, and […]

Going to Schule

I’ve had the chance to meet with students and teachers at three German schools during this TOP Tour. I’ve learned a lot, so this is a lengthy post. The descriptions below vary from state to state in Germany since each state runs its own schools and designs its own exams.  Apprenticeships Germany is known for […]

Summer School

So I guess it’s too soon to take another year off (or is it?). In the meantime, I’ve been researching and applying to a few travel opportunities for teachers. This summer, I am lucky to participate in two programs, one to Germany and one to Cuba. Return to Germany The last time I was in […]

Back to School

A Warm Welcome The school year ends in a few weeks in the Philippines, but I was able to visit a small school near San Fernando, where I have been living for the past two and a half weeks.  Bangbangolan Elementary School has about 150 students in grades 1-6.  On the same grounds is Bangbangolan […]

Luc Bat

Learning Luc Bat Disclaimer “Luc bat” is a traditional form of Vietnamese poetry that I have been researching.   I chose to study this as one of the things I could bring back to my students in the US when I teach them about Vietnam.   Luc bat has alternating lines of six and eight syllables […]


Disclaimer If you don’t read any further, just watch this 13-second video of 10th graders reacting to your comments on the Where I’m From poetry sharing site. Thank you to everyone who has read and commented on student poems, and to those of you who are still planning to do so!  We’ve had comments from […]

Where I’m From

Disclaimer The time has come to share the poems my students have been working so hard to write.  I have taught a series of eight lessons to classes in middle school, high school and at the university.  Since finishing the classes several weeks ago, I have been working on designing the website where the poems […]

Innovation in Action

The Fulbright program encourages its distinguished teachers to attend professional development during their time overseas, so I was grateful to receive a grant to participate in a workshop in Malaysia.  I arrived on Thursday and on Friday I enjoyed a great tour of Nexus International School in Putrajaya, about 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur.  This […]