August 2013 Archives

I don't talk anywhere near enough about how resilient, thoughtful, adventurous, passionate, pioneering, loving and just plain awesome our Teach For China teachers are. But that's what they are. It doesn't matter whether they're living off the side of a mountain or in a flooded factory town, or whether they get occasional electricity/water/internet or a lot, or even whether they're from America or China, the fact is, they've chosen to uproot their lives and love the kids we serve long before they have even met them. All that's left to say is, Happy First Day of School! And ...


It is a known fact among those of us who make a living from teacher professional development that educators of all stripes, new or veteran, listen exponentially more to what kids say than they do adults. And so with that science in mind, we put our secret weapon in front of our newest teachers on Day 1 of our Summer Institute training. Meet Jenny, a 16-year-old student from Lincang, Yunnan, a small town perched by the mountains in rural China. Jenny is about to start high school soon and spent this past summer as an intern at our Summer Institute ...


If only I had done the math a little sooner, it wouldn't have come as quite the shock. This is the year where the newest group of Teach For China teachers were just 13 years old when I started as a middle school teacher. I could have chaperoned their junior high dance. Think about it. This is also the year that the eighth graders I taught eight years ago on the Navajo Nation would have graduated from college and could have applied to Teach For America and other programs that I did as a 22-year-old. I'm endlessly proud of the ...


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