Stay Curious

"How do you fight cynicism? Stay curious." This is my third year teaching at a school in the Kansas City area. Each of the past two years we have begun back-to-school teacher training with a sermon from a local pastor, a message reminding us of our duty to mold the children and young men and... Continue Reading →

El Salvador: Birthdays

This past weekend was my birthday. I'm really close with my family, so it's not always easy to be away from them during celebrations. However, living abroad has the unique advantage of celebrating in new ways. First, my school department took me to El Zócalo, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in El Salvador. I... Continue Reading →

“Anne Frank Today is a Syrian Girl”

I love how literature stirs the imagination, takes us to Fairy Land, Camelot, Narnia, Middle Earth, and beyond. And based on my own worldview, I don't see these motifs as escapism but actually congruous with my own beliefs in a way (another discussion). Nevertheless, literature is also supposed to keep us right where we are ... Continue Reading →

Resources (Literature and Beyond)

Okay, so this is my first full week teaching...exhausting. But exhilarating as well! I'm blessed to teach what I love. And when you teach what you love, you LOVE finding great resources. I'm very fond of various teaching methods, especially visuals and those that increase interaction. Thus, I wanted to share (unashamedly hoping some of my students... Continue Reading →

“What is Literature for?”

HERE is a wonderful video put together by The School of Life group. As in everything, we should not assume that our learners have answered the question: "Yes, but why is this important?" As a literature student and teacher, I know why I love my subject. But do my students? We need to help make that connection... Continue Reading →

Learning to Love to Read

*This is the first post. If you aren't familiar with the purpose of the blog, please check out the page "Mr. Caleb" to learn more. Like nearly everything in life, reading is a discipline. It takes time and practice to develop good reading skills. But for many people I know, there's also that book (or... Continue Reading →

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