Jul 072012
 
My Speech With the Mayor at the Boston Hostel Opening

Perhaps you read in the Boston Globe that Boston just opened the New Boston Hostel: a gorgeous, affordable 480-bed hostel in the heart of downtown…

…and that I gave a rousing speech to the packed crowd at the grand opening and ribbon-cutting, alongside the Mayor of Boston!

Here is the text of my speech.

Hello, my name is Lillie Marshall, and I am a 30-year old Boston Public Schools teacher. Any guesses how [...Read More!]

Apr 122012
 
Xiu Na: Surprises at the Beijing Zoo and Summer Palace

Article #12 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Xiu Na, Age 15, 9th Grade in Boston. Born in Southern China, came to the U.S. at age 3.

Q: What were your favorite parts of our China trip, and why?

A: My favorite parts were the Beijing Zoo, the Great Wall of China, and the Hutong neighborhood.

I liked the zoo because I love animals in general, and the panda [...Read More!]

Apr 062012
 
Daniel: Travel Shows There is No Need to Fear China

Article #11 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Daniel, Age 17, 11th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from El Salvador.

Q: What message about China are you bringing home to America now that you’ve traveled to Beijing?

A: I will try to convince people we shouldn’t be afraid of China.

Sure it’s a country that is progressing fast, but we can look at our own country, [...Read More!]

Mar 252012
 
Terry: The 798 Art Zone Was The Coolest Place in Beijing

Article #10 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Terry, Age 17, 12th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from Vietnam and China.

Q: Terry, tell the readers about the crazy 798 Art Zone in Beijing!

A: The 798 Art Zone we visited was the coolest place I’ve ever been in China, and we saw a lot of places!

It used to be a giant factory complex, and [...Read More!]

Mar 202012
 
Website Optimization is Like Classroom Management

“I’ve been trying so many things to get my students quiet so I can teach!” exclaimed a Boston-area fellow teacher, Carl, yesterday. “I tried yelling for attention all last year. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.”

I nodded, having been there myself. Carl continued. “This month I’m experimenting with just stopping and staring at kids who begin side conversations. I’ll just wait, and LOOK at them. Sometimes I’ll even murmur quietly:

“Hey, [...Read More!]

Mar 162012
 
My Article on Travel Was Published in the Huffington Post!

Fabulous news!

I’ve just had my first ever article published in the fancy and famous Huffington Post! (If you’re a cool kid, you may know it as the “HuffPo”.) Want to read it? Great!

Click here to see: “5 Things I Learned About Education From Taking 42 High Schoolers to China.”

The article has some surprising moments, and also features a rockin’ photo slideshow. Please leave comments and questions, and share it widely! The HuffPo is [...Read More!]

Mar 112012
 
Stephane: From Living in Haiti to Awesome China Travel

Article #9 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Stephane, Age 17, 11th Grade in Boston. Born in Haiti, moved to U.S. at age 10.

Q: How did you feel about our China trip?

A: Had anyone told me seven years ago in my little house in Haiti that in 2012 I would be across the world, visiting China, meeting amazing new people, and climbing one of the [...Read More!]

Mar 112012
 
Ryan: The Joys of Beijing Travel as a Vegan Student

Article #8 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Ryan, Age 16, 10th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from America.

Q: Ryan, you’re not just a vegetarian, you’re a vegan, meaning you don’t eat dairy, eggs, or meat! Was travel in China hard for you as a result of your diet?

A: Actually, nothing about our China trip was difficult! Before I arrived in [...Read More!]

Mar 012012
 
Nathaniel: How to Bargain with Vendors in Beijing, China

Article #7 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Nathaniel, Age 15, 10th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from Colombia.

Q: You really learned a lot about money and dealing with vendors on this China trip! Tell us some details.

A: The first day of the trip we toured Tienanmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace, and it was the first day [...Read More!]

Mar 012012
 
Candace: A Celebrity Because of Blond Hair in China

Article #6 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Candace, Age 15, 9th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from America.

Q: Something amazing happened to you in China because of your blond hair. What was it?

A: In America I’m just a regular girl, but traveling in China with blond hair, it was like being a celebrity! I guess celebrities have that feeling every [...Read More!]

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