• Tanzania Sky

    Paintings in the Sky

    The glory that is the Tanzanian sky is humbling. Along with the wide-open swath of the savannahs and valleys, the combination is awe-inspiring. The mornings and evenings are filled with pinks, oranges and indigo. The days tend toward robin’s egg blues with cotton puffs dotting here and there. HOT The last few months have gotten hotter and hotter. While the actual degree has only reached the mid-80’s, my guess is, due to our proximity to the equator (3 degrees south),…

  • Changing Pedagogy

    It’s been nearly two months since I last sat down to express the enormity of working in Tanzania. My emotions have soared and plummeted, only to soar again the next week. But, as though through the eye of a scientist, I am learning to: slow down, study with a questioning eye the ponderous inefficiencies, observe the general patterns and tendencies, and take note of the possible ways I can make small wedges to widen the potential for positive shifts. In…

  • Sky is the Limit mural

    Mungere Secondary School

    My dream is now my reality. I still keep pinching myself. I live in Tanzania! This country is so beautiful. From the smiling children out herding goats and cows to the amazing students at Mungere Secondary School where I work, to the undulating golden grasses, Acacia trees and the ever-present green backdrop of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Every day is a wonder. First Three Weeks Outside my window, I hear a light fluttering as the wind filters through the…

  • Hitting Refresh!

    I’m hitting the Refresh button yet again. But this time I am pursuing a life-long dream. I’m headed to Tanzania, Africa. For most of my life, I have wanted to help people in developing countries, with the continent of Africa being the illusive cherry on top. While I did get a short opportunity to dip my toe into the beautiful continent when I briefly worked in Nigeria, I was at an American school with primarily foreign students from the embassies.…

  • NaNoWriMo

    NaNoWriMo

    Today is the start of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. I have to say, I am very intimidated. The goal is to write an entire first draft of a novel in 30 days (Nov. 1 – 30). That is approximately 50,000 words. So – I’m officially procrastinating – writing this blog post. I have the idea of the book in my head. Has something to do with a teenager that “selectively mutes” due to a trifecta of conflicts in…

  • Impact Project

    I currently teach fifth grade humanities. What this means is that the subjects that are covered are numerous, they overlap, they collide, and they require students to ponder and question. They examine global history from the 1400’s to 1865, and learn to write, read and understand nuances of language. They also take part in a service learning component called an Impact Project. Learning About the Issues This year I decided to challenge my fifth graders (9 – 11 yrs old)…