Heart Thanksgiving

I saw this post by Bonnie Gray on the (in)courage blog today, and it spoke to the place my heart is at right now. Here’s a short excerpt, but you really should read the entire thing….its worth it: I woke up with my heart a blur with worries. A competing bevy of voices. All driving…

Back to Tenth Grade: HOPAC-style

I went back to tenth grade today. In an attempt to understand what it is like for students at HOPAC and to improve my teaching, I shadowed the tenth grade class for the entire day. As a homeschool graduate, the experience was entirely new for me. The morning started with homeroom, which contained the typical…

Celebrating Little Victories

Besides being International Day, Friday was also a day for great celebration. Just before the (incredibly awesome and fun) Black Out Young Life club, one of my students came over and told me that he had gotten the approval to go to the Moshi Sports Tournament in two weeks. I couldn’t even contain my excitement….

PhotoBlast: HOPAC Pamoja Week & International Day 2014

Ask anyone at HOPAC what the best day of the year is, and inevitably they will tell you it is International Day. The excitement builds all week, as students celebrate Pamoja Week. “Pamoja” means “together” in Swahili, and Pamoja Week is essentially Spirit Week. Student council decides on themes for each day, students (and teachers)…

Words Matter: Link up!

In my AS English Literature class, we are studying A Passage to India by E.M. Forster, and in the opening chapter of this novel, he uses the words “sallow hospital” as a part of the description of the town of Chandrapore that serves as the setting for much of the book. As one of my students…