Category Archives: Teaching

Three part one: when the professor talks, I listen

So here’s a funny thing that happened this week. A little background is required:  All students in the IB Diploma Program have to write an Extended Essay. It’s a pretty rigorous thing, a sort of senior paper on steroids. Every school … Continue reading

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Ms. Lorna in the conservatory with the scanner

Week 3 in the Cairo Greenhouse for Books.  I inquire periodically as to when we might expect the AC repair person.  “Two or three days, inshallah.” It’s the inshallah that gets you every time. Last Tuesday the plant man came and … Continue reading

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Constant vigilance

AIS West offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program as an option for grades 11 and 12. The IB was developed as a standardized international educational program and so the IB organization is quite strict about how it is implemented. In May (or November for … Continue reading

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This is my tribe

Among the many great benefits of working at an international school is the opportunity for professional development. I’m lucky to work at a school that provides a generous annual allowance for each teacher to spend on training in his or … Continue reading

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1:1

ICS is what’s called a one-to-one laptop school. Here, that means that every kid in grade 6 is entitled to his own school-issued computer. It’s funny to think how normal this seems to me now in Addis Ababa, yet how … Continue reading

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Continuity

Our school is 50 years old this year. It’s hard for me to picture what this school would have been like in 1964. That year I was in kindergarten at Merriewood Elementary School in Lafayette, California, where Mrs. Collins taught … Continue reading

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Solidarity forever

When the union’s inspiration through the workers’ blood shall run, There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun; Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one, But the union makes us strong.           … Continue reading

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Saving grace

Well, folks, it’s been quite a month so far, and not in a good way. Not to put too fine a point on it, I’d say it’s been craptastic. I won’t bore you with the unpleasant details. Thankfully there are … Continue reading

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Put to the test

The end of the academic year is upon us.  For ICS high schoolers this means what it does for students everywhere: finals. Da-da-da-DUM. ICS high school students are on a special three-day exam schedule this week. On Thursday and Friday, … Continue reading

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Folklorist for a day

Alekka is taking a Spring semester course in Anthropology. Her teacher asked me last month if I’d be willing to present a guest lecture on folklore. My first reaction was, not possible, I haven’t thought about folklore in 25 years. … Continue reading

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