Learner. History Teacher. Reader. Amateur Chef. New Hampshire. Dog Owner.
Robert Frost said, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener”. This was the inspiration for my blog title as I searched for something original at the start of my career in 2012. I found Frost to be a bit pretentious in his confidence then and I still do. Nevertheless, being “awake” is essential to being a good teacher and student. I have rewritten this “about” section a few times since then and the name resonates for me now because I see it as a term for perpetual reinvention. My mother, a life-long English teacher, always said you should teach a new novel each year, to avoid the inertia of doing the same thing over and over. The figurative idea of being “awakened” has a lot of different connotations from the Enlightenment to being “woke.” I am not precisely sure what it means for me know but this is a space I have come to intermittently throughout the years (although always aspiring to come more) to process new ideas, strategies and to be awake and aware of what is going on around me, and how it connects to my classroom.
- Standards Based Grading/Mastery Based Grading
- Team Teaching
- Teaching an integrated AP US History and AP European History
- Teaching AP Comparative Government and Politics
- Class Discussions
- Independent School Leadership