One of the things I heard the most during my teaching experience was, “How does this relate to my future?” and typically students would say this in relation to learning how to read Shakespeare, writing research papers, or something that wasn’t ‘blatantly’ relevant to the contemporary world.
I would always tell them that English (especially writing and reading) were two of the most important and fundamental skills for survival. I would talk about resume-writing, job applications, sending emails, etc. – all the relevant ways we use our English-based skills every single day. Sometimes they would nod in agreement, or stand there silently taking note, or wrinkle their nose in aggravation that they hadn’t stumped me.
What I’ve learned, however, is that writing is not only essential, it’s actually beautiful. Since leaving the education world and diving headfirst into writing and editing for my full-time career, I’ve realized how valuable writing has been to me, and want to share that with you in hopes that you can encourage both yourself, and your students. Continue reading
Have you heard of ‘DiSSS’ or ‘CaFE’?
These is Tim Ferriss’ framework for mastering new information, and it’s perfect for the classroom setting. Continue reading
In February 2017, in a speech before the Stanford Board of Trustees, Former Provost John Etchemendy discussed the challenges universities (and honestly, all schools) face in the coming years. He called this problem the ‘threat from within.’ Continue reading
Graduating with a teaching degree, being in the field of education, and working as a part-time nanny and professional caregiver for the past eight years has taught me that we have so incredibly much to learn from children. The way they see the world, their loving spirits, their ability to focus on the now – all these lessons and more are so valuable, and so often overlooked. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking to renown producer and DJ, Justin Blau, known by his stage name, 3LAU. (I’ll let you in on a little secret, I’m a huge EDM fan). But regardless of whether you’ve heard his remixes, or are into the genre at all, the story of his career is an amazing one, because he believes in the power of education. Continue reading
I believe in what you are doing.
I believe that you are trying.
I believe in your perseverance, strength, and dedication.
I believe you will complete this assignment, and do so to the best of your ability.
I believe that you will learn.
I believe you will be successful.
I believe that you will do great things.
I believe in you. Continue reading
As a part of my two-week Multicultural Practicum, a class focused on diversity in education, we watched A Class Divided, an episode of Frontline based on the Iowa schoolteacher Jane Elliott and her third grade classroom. Continue reading
Foundation for the Future
Education gives one a foundation for future success—whether that is providing a general knowledge base, resources for problem-solving and completing tasks, skills to communicate effectively with others, or an understanding of the world—education is what one can build off of and grow on. It paves the way for a career or life-path and is not only about academics, but about developing the student as well-rounded. My home has valued faith and family; I believe that a teacher should function in loco parentis, taking on the role of not only an instructor, but also a model and support system.