“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…

Bike Culture

Image of bike parking at a nearby primary school. After many terrifying drives on the wrong side of the road to and from Teighan’s school, I am finally hanging up my habit to drive everywhere and trying to adopt the English custom of biking or walking EVERYWHERE in ANY kind of weather. The streets are…

Purpose…

On this Martin Luther King Jr. day, I imagine many of us are reflecting on the idea of purpose and contribution. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s contributions to the welfare of so many of us inspires the thought: What can I do to make a positive contribution to the people around me. Some of you,…

Educating Shakespeare

This week I am attending a Fulbright conference hosted by the University of Birmingham. I am enjoying the advantages of traveling with Fulbrighters. The University has shared private tours of their museums including an opportunity to handle books like a first print of Shakespeare’s plays, four pages of the Qur’an dating back to when Mohammad…

London Bridges!

 Teighan and I spent Wednesday exploring the grounds around the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge. We were blown away by the grandeur of this bridge! The Thames was busy with tour boats and an enormous battleship…which explains the expression on Teighan’s face.  The rich history of this city in contrast to the modern…