New Series: Bridging Teaching and Learning into China

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Bridging Teaching and Learning into China

In June, I traveled with a handful of colleagues from my district to teach students and train teachers in China.   This was a unique opportunity for me to bridge two of my passions — travel and education!  Our partners on this trip, the Chinese and Cultural Exchange Center (CCEC) and the Creative Academic Network (CAN), tasked us Read More …

#UIWP2012 Writing Marathon: review of the renovated Lincoln Hall @LASillinois

Today during my time at the Univ of IL Writing Project, I participated in a Writing Marathon.  We broke down into nomadic teams.  Each team would wander campus; find a place to be inspired by; and freewrite for a time before sharing and moving onto a new location.   It’s s new car smell.  Note Read More …

reaction: How to Understand American Decline – Newsweek

How to Understand American Decline – Newsweek. Well, I can’t say I didn’t see this coming.  In fact, as you look around at your own situation, consider whether politics in our region or country will be able to overcome its deeply entrenched political lines to overcome our (growing?) adversity and jump back on top.  I Read More …

A summary of two supercells moving through Chicago:

+made the train downtown -made the train downtown only to walk a mile in torrential downpour -had to move tables three times due to leaky ceilings at Goose Island -all of my summer school materials and work is soaked +gradschool book is definitely even more soaked +free Goose t-shirt because of how pitiful I look when soaked and dripping Read More …

日本 day7 | Mt. Shosha (書写) hiking almost made me into a mountainman

January 2 I was told that Himeji (姫路市) would be incomplete without a hike to the temple complex of Shoshazan Engyō-ji (書寫山圓教寺) atop Mt. Shosha (書写).  A bus ride and a ropeway got me up to the top of the mountain where a good chunk of The Last Samurai was shot.  Being there on the Read More …

日本 day6.5 | Himeji (姫路市)

January 1 On the first day of 2010, I packed up my things after a charming breakfast with Aaron & the Sumidas and wandered out to explore Japan on my own.  They needed to be with the family for Japanese New Year / shōgatsu (正月), and I wanted to be on my own to dive Read More …

日本 day5 & 6.5 | laying low before (& raw fish on) the New Year

December 31 We needed a day of rest.  At lunch with Face’s host parents, I was invited to two (if not three) meals that are truly of cultural importance during Japanese New Year (正月).  First, I was to share dinner with them on New Year’s Eve, and then I was to come to breakfast on Read More …