My professor produced invisible objects from behind her back and pantomimed handing them to me, rapid fire. “Plutonium, a puppy, an empty cardboard box, a decorative plate decorated with plates!” Karen Brennan teaches Designing for Learning by Creating and is a brilliant innovator in the field of education, but today she was my partner in … More Puppies, plutonium, and other ways my professors have surprised me
I have been taking T-525 Connected Teaching in the Digital Age this fall and I cannot say enough amazing things about this course! I am here to share my experience with the course and point out a few components that make this course phenomenal. First, it is the professor. Barbara is not only brilliant but … More T-525 Connected Teaching in the Digital Age with Barbara Treacy
Have you ever had that moment in a project where you see yourself, as if from above, and realize what a mess you’re in? Maybe the room is strewn with shreds of poster board, you’ve been breathing hot glue gun fumes for hours, and you can’t get the pieces of your structure to fit together. … More Ode to “dark nights of the soul”: What I learned in T-550
I arrived at the last minute, nervous and excited at the same time. It was just two days before orientation and I had left my job as a commercial airline pilot only one month before arriving in Cambridge. I had left my former decade-long life in Abu Dhabi and moved back to my home country … More Specialized Studies: An amazing choice!
I took this class for my students. I taught for five years in Dallas, Texas and I think about my students every day, especially the ones I didn’t know how to help. I think about my first grader, Tasha*, who was brilliant and creative, but faced enormous challenges in her home life that often manifested … More J-Term: For the Kids
When I was in college, winter break lasted for about a month and involved as much rest, relaxation, and Netflix as I could muster. Here at HGSE, winter break can take one of two forms, both of which have huge benefits. For students who want to recuperate from the fall, gear up for spring, explore … More J-term perspective: “the Sesame Street class”
Quitting my job and entering a new profession wasn’t a decision that I took lightly. It took a lot of soul searching, prayers, a pay cut and a great deal of courage. I want to explain why I quit the world of finance and investment banking and entered the education field. I quit because I … More One Person at a Time: building your social capital