Making 25 of 24

Over the last several weeks, the questions seem to play on a broken record, How many hours are in your day? How do you fit it all in? How do you manage everything? Mostly, the answer is, “I don’t know” or “I don’t.” While there are certainly aspects of that which are true–such as the…

Doing Hard Things

Starting a new job is never easy, but starting a new teaching job in the middle of a pandemic should certainly be listed as one of those things that is so difficult is is not recommended for anyone even remotely sane. In the weeks leading up to the start of the school year, as I…

Tips for Remote Learning

After being homeschooled K-12 and doing most of my university education online, the concept of remote learning is not at all foreign to me. In high school, I took an online paralegal course from the then-Oak Brook College of Law & Government, as well as individual online classes from Moody University and Patrick Henry College….

ADHD: The Key to My Success as an Adult in the Workplace

I’m typing this on my laptop while lying on my living room floor blasting music from Spotify’s Global Top 50 playlist. I can hear the wind blowing through the trees outside and see my dog looking out the window off to my right. I’m distinctly aware of the cars that pass by on the road…

Teach Them to Think

This post is about teaching. Or rather, about my failings as a teacher. The regular school year is coming to a close here at HOPAC and students will be starting exams next week, so the last two weeks have been a flurry of revision, review, and exam preparation. The Cambridge International Examinations for English Literature…

Praying Like Gideon

Late Friday night, I got a highly-secured e-mail telling me that I have been accepted into the Indiana University Ed.D. program in Language, Literacy, and Culture Education. I have no idea how I’m going to finance this, but I am excited. To say that this isn’t in itself an answer to prayer…would be intentional ignorance…

Humans. Individuals. Friends.

Since the election of President Trump, political discussions seem increasingly frequent, with conversations swirling with ideologies, theories, -isms, and so much more. As a general rule, I just keep my mouth shut. Its safer. Living abroad has opened my mind and developed my perspective on so many issues. The intensive worldview training that my parents…

They Get It

Nothing makes a teacher’s heart happy like realizing his or her students “get it.” Yesterday, two of my grade twelve students came into the classroom mid-conversation. They were discussing the problem of gossip in their class, and coming up with ways to address it. Comments ranged from, “Talking negatively about people when they aren’t there…

Airports & Aimless Thoughts

I’m in an airport for the tenth time in a month. My flight is delayed, so I’ve been sitting here for several hours surfing the web, and allowing my mind to wander aimlessly. Its nearly 1 a.m. and admittedly, I’m exhausted, so there’s not a lot of productive thought happening. [Three days later.] Obviously those…

SEW Week 2016 – Team DAIL

HOPAC’s 10th Annual Service Emphasis Week (SEW) – Team DAIL! DAIL is a Korean NGO that works in an impoverished community near HOPAC in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. They run a foundational school for a number of the students in the community, where several of the twelfth grade HOPAC students volunteer throughout the year. For…