The following is an excerpt from a presentation I gave for colleagues and fellow educators regarding the role of innovation in education. The conference took place at Jumeriah Hotel, Etihad Towers on November 23, 2016.
Green is the color of greed; the color of Capitalism. It can also be the color of plenitude; the color of nature; the color of peace. Southern Ontario is spoiled. Because of its rich landscapes. Its curvatures. Its muscular skeleton called the Canadian Shield. It’s a hard land with hard people brought up in the cold, coping with dark winter days and cold draughts.
I remember, as a child, going on family holidays to Florida. Cocoa beach with its big waves; the freeway sprawled before me, windows rolled down, radio tuned to a local radio station playing “Kissed By A Rose” every hour, on the hour. I remember lizards clinging to walls, frozen out of fear; lizards on the road, splayed and flattened. I remember most of what it means to be free.
One of the most common questions teachers and those who aspire to teach abroad ask, or more likely debate ad infinitum on obscure internet forums, is whether it is better to apply directly to schools or to use the services of a recruiting company to obtain gainful employment teaching abroad.
November 2011. The suspense was finally at an end. Team Jacob had lost. A fairy tale dance in the woods leaving him doe-eyed, worse for wear; wounds blistering beneath a statuesque surface. Bella and Edward, forever and for eternity. For better or for worse.
"Mile after mile after mile of malls after malls. Many, many malls. Major malls and mini malls. They put the mini malls in between the major malls, and in between the mini malls they put the mini marts."
- George Carlin
I am a teacher. Not the title I want on my gravestone but a teacher nonetheless. It’s a job, a means to an end, my meager money-making profession of choice. To narrow it down farther, I’m an international quasi-ESL classroom teacher following the American Common Core curriculum, instructing in English, expected to assess ESL learners according to a rather rigorous Westernized standard.
Will our isolation increase through the infinite freedom of information and ubiquity of the Internet? Longer summers and lesser days / school year are the remains of the US agrarian economy, when planting picking and harvesting took place in a greater number of homesteads than today. US schools continue to have fewer days... and if well charted and scheduled, this freedom fosters creativity.