Have you ever tried to alter someone's opinion on how to do something? Something they have been taught to do and told that it is the best and really, the only way, to do something? Changing a mindset is not easy. I have been in Tanzania, working at a rural secondary school for nine months… Continue reading Changing A Mindset
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… Continue reading Impact Project
I have now been living in Sacramento for just over six months. At first I wasn't sure if this was a good move for me. But the longer I am here, the more I am loving this place. I do not think I have ever lived in a place where people are so nice, so… Continue reading Six Months in Sacramento
My wonderful, sweet, and creative 6th graders just presented their Post Zombie Apocalypse Geography Plays (yes, I know that is a mouthful!). But they were hysterical. They had to present all the concepts we learned about in our geography unit, in the format of a five minute play - theme: resettling after a zombie outbreak.… Continue reading Epic Zombie Killers!
I have decided to give myself short writing assignments that are not about the book I am currently writing. The goal is to keep my mind working on prose, but from different perspectives. I have found quite a few blogs that offer prompts that will take my mind in a variety of directions. Here is… Continue reading Refresh
I just had to post a quick update... My two 6th grade classes have just finished a unit on geography using zombies as the lens to explore the concepts. Now, for their final, they are creating plays about a post zombie apocalypse resettlement. The characters have to use geography tools and concepts to find and… Continue reading Zombies and Trump