Category Archives: Teaching

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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White man dancing

I have written at length about the culinary nirvana that is Ethiopian food, so I won’t repeat myself here (not today, anyway).  My uninitiated American friends can find out where to find the good stuff if they scroll to the … Continue reading

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International Day

It’s kind of a cliché to say that every day is international day at a school like ours.  Even so, many international schools around the world celebrate their multicultural character at an annual springtime event.  International Day is an opportunity … Continue reading

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Model UN

Model United Nations is a big deal at a lot of international schools.  Participants role-play as UN delegates. They debate and vote on resolutions concerning human rights, security, economics, health, and other matters of global importance. My daughter Alekka is … Continue reading

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Seasons in the sun

I have vivid memories of the seasonal bulletin board in Mrs. Collins’ kindergarten classroom at Merriewood Elementary School. Fall leaves, winter snowmen, spring flowers, summer suns – that’s some of the important stuff you learn about when you’re five. My … Continue reading

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Out of the Mood(le)

Today is, I believe, my last DCS Moodle day. It’s a bittersweet goodbye.  Sad, because it marks the end of my formal connection with Damascus Community School, my colleagues and students.  We’ve been through a lot together.  But to be frank, I … Continue reading

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Teaching overseas

Almost as soon as we got back from the job fair, Andreas and I started fielding queries from curious colleagues about how to land an overseas teaching job.  It’s hard to say whether this is because these teachers have (like … Continue reading

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The road to Damascus

… has been a little rocky, and we haven’t even left Medford yet. Andreas and I went to an international teaching jobs fair in San Francisco in February.  We came away thrilled to have accepted positions at an American school … Continue reading

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