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A Nepali and an American Walk Into a Classroom…
Elise, an English language teacher from the US, was a little hesitant when asked to co-teach 8th grade chemistry in Nepal. To put it lightly, she doesn’t know anything about chemistry. But she does know how to get students talking and working together. And fortunately for Elise, her Nepali partner teacher in the TIEs summer program is Roushan, Continue Reading
Teachers from Two Corners of the World United by One Challenge
Two groups of teachers from opposite sides of the globe sat in one room conversing – Nepalis on one side, Americans on the other. While a world of differences existed between the two groups, it was fascinating to hear how similar some of their daily classroom challenges were.
In my experience teaching in the US, one of the biggest concerns teachers have is the pressure that standardized testing places on their classrooms. Continue Reading
Returning to Nepal a Year After the Earthquakes
Nepal lost a lot in last year’s earthquakes: lives, homes, historical sites. But when I visited Bhassara School in Nepal shortly after the disasters, it was clear that the earthquakes couldn’t take this school’s spirit.
Bhassara School is such a beacon of positivity – kindhearted staff, exciting extracurricular activities, and some of the most engaged students I’ve ever been around in my career as a teacher. Continue Reading
Bhassara School: Shining Brightly After Nepal’s Dark Day
Pictured above is a mural to thank those who helped TIEs with Teachers raise $3,500 on StartSomeGood.com to repair the earthquake damage at our partner school in Nepal, Bhassara Secondary School. The mural was designed by a Nepali monk and painted on one of the repaired walls at the school by the 7th graders.
I love the symbolism in this mural, Continue Reading
Crowdfunding: “A Multitude of Drops”
“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?”
― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
For a few years now, ever since I used to volunteer teach abroad, I’ve had this dream for a more sustainable, socially-responsible teach abroad program: one that emphasizes teacher collaboration, Continue Reading