This time of year, lust for buying bursts forth, and I freak out because gifts are not my love language. In order to give an alternative to consumerism seizing hearts and credit cards, here’s a story that just happened in my 7th grade classroom to make you smile, tear up a little, and perhaps even rethink… [Read More]
Learning Around the World:
Though I am a classroom teacher, this site is about the learning that takes place beyond a school's walls. We can learn everywhere! Use these articles to explore our world's joys...
“What should I know about Bonaire?” I asked the island experts as our shuttle van chugged out of Flamingo Airport and towards our hotel. “Bonaire isn’t just a scuba diving paradise,” replied a woman who vacations on the island each year. “It also has wild natural beauty, with otherworldly landscapes of cacti.” “Cacti?!” I gasped.… [Read More]
Like a river, connections with loved ones can course, strong and flowing, for years, then one day just dry up to a trickle. Maybe the rain of communication is in drought, or perhaps a dam formed from a build-up of what’s unsaid. But all you know is that lately, you can’t talk to your friend… [Read More]
Rule #1 of travel with two kids under 4: Get the munchkins out of the rental house, or they will destroy the rental house. Thus it was that during our recent trip to Williamstown — that bucolic green-hilled town in Western Massachusetts — we quested for an activity. “What about that modern art museum in… [Read More]
“What’s the best place you traveled to recently?” people often ask. Well, this year, one spot leapt into my heart and smooched it so sweetly that it’s the clear winner: Curaçao. The reason this tiny island in the Caribbean thrilled me boils down to… RAINBOWS. Curaçao is an aria of colors in every sense of… [Read More]
“Do DNA kits even work?” I muttered, pulling the colorful box from its packaging. I’ve heard of so many people learning their ancestry from spit testing recently, that when 23andMe offered a trial, I couldn’t resist. After all, as a traveler, isn’t ancestry a good motivation to direct one’s world explorations? But I remained wary.… [Read More]