Conversations on a Train

Perhaps the most informative moments I’ve had in the UK have occurred through conversations with people on my train commutes to London. There’s something about the anonymity of traveling abroad that can make one feel much bolder in starting a conversation. With only a little time left to learn everything I can about the U.K.,…

Resiliency

When I first began my Fulbright inquiry, I wanted to explore the two areas that I believe are critical to address with young students and are not yet receiving enough attention in the United States : mental well-being and a sense of global citizenship. So I drew out my map and cast out my net…

The Concept of an Expected Outcome

I recently posted this thought on the Fulbright Teacher Facebook page: With only a little  more than two months left of my Fulbright time in the U.K., there is a little feeling of panic in how to summarize and put into a final product all of the inspirational exchanges I’ve had with teachers and organizations…

“Teachers as Agents of Change”

I recently attended a lecture by Dr. Doug Bourn, head of the Development Education Research Center at the University of London’s Institute of Education. In this lecture he described the pedagogy of Development Education as teaching through the lens of how to work together and promote not only the idea that cultures vary, but especially…

A note to my students

Dear D.T.S. Wildcats, I hope this message finds you all well. Sounds like it has been a pretty eventful winter with all the storms in NJ! I’ve had a wonderful two months settling in and getting to know England better. I’m now living in Cambridge, which is a one hour train ride from London. Cambridge…

School observations: Students begin the parent/teacher conference

At the primary school in which I’m observing, parents were invited to spend the last hour of a school day in their child’s classroom. Parents who were able to come in were welcomed by their child who sat down with them and shared all of their workbooks, writing samples, spelling tests, etc…This is not the…

When wintering in England; vacation in Spain

The British school in which my son is enrolled structures its vacations one week at mid-term and two weeks between each term. Taking advantage of the break, Brian, Teighan and I decided to take off for some sunshine and warmer weather and flew to Gran Canaria, Spain. Judging from the number of kids on the…

Primary and Secondary Schools

  Primary school: In the morning the head teacher stands outside of the local primary school greeting all of the families who mostly arrive by bike. She holds a big brass bell and rings it when all of the students should be within the gates she will then close. The parents of the 5-7 year…

Teighan’s Travels: a note to my classmates back home…

  Dear Mrs. Richardson and Friends, I miss you. I just wanted to check on you. Me and mum and dad love our trip so much. My favorite is the Queen’s party room. I love you so much. From Teighan PS: I lost my first two bottom teeth in the same weekend! The Queen’s party…

Making time to practice what I preach

This weekend I traveled to the Greenwich area of London to see a dance performance at  Trinity Laban. A fellow Fulbrighter and highly accomplished Dance choreographer named Roman Baca was presenting his work relating to the use of dance as therapy for war veterans.  It was at this event that we were supposed to also…