Generally, I find young twenty-somethings who live in Brooklyn to be quite the forward-thinking, against-“the-man”, fight-for-your-rights kind of folks. Which is why I was surprised to get into a discussion this weekend with some young Brooklyn kids who believed that the role of a history/social studies teacher was to have students memorize facts and events—to simply […]Read more "Why My Students Are Learning About the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Movement"
There’s really no reason to try to remake a good thing. I’ve decided to come back to my old standby, the ole “Hey Misster” blog and continue sharing my adventures in teaching here. So in case you were wondering what happened to me— for two years I have been living, learning, and teaching in New […]Read more "Hey Misster is Back!"
I begin my 35+ hours of travel back to the United States at noon, but I couldn’t help but pop by my school one more time before doing the final rounds of my apartment and securing my luggage for the long haul to the other side of the globe. This morning I had my final […]Read more "We must do our best to part with a smile on our faces"
This photo challenge comes at a very apt time for me. Today is my final day teaching in Sumatra and this morning my beautiful students all gave me handmade cards and some of them even purchased me and made me gifts. It’s been a whirlwind of ups and downs and grand adventures and it’s hard […]Read more "Weekly Photo Challenge: Today"
Today marks the beginning of the end of my time as an English teacher in Sumatra, Indonesia. In my first grade classes I gave my final English assessment today. I also held my final advanced adult ESL class for the national teachers with whom I teach. I will still be at school on Monday for a […]Read more "The relativity of “success”"
I’ve realized that as of late my blog makes it sound like I spend all my time adventuring through jungles, swimming in crater lakes and alighting mountains and volcanoes across this fine archipelago. The reality, however, is that some of my biggest adventures and successes happen inside a primary level classroom. I spend five days […]Read more "A Little Drama Goes a Long Way"
It’s awards season in Hollywood and even though I can’t hand out any golden statues, I’d like to join the frenzy with a few of my own awards and give some Oscar-worthy thank you speeches to the educators who have helped me to get where I am today. Award for encouraging creativity: Mrs. Woefel-2nd Grade Thank […]Read more "Awards Season: Education Edition"