Life Recap: August 2018

I originally started blogging in order to create a helpful and informative TAPIF blog as well as to record my travels during my “Year in France”. However, as time has passed on, the style and purpose of my blog has shifted. I have also realized that I simply like having a dedicated space where records of my life have been documented over the past few … Continue reading Life Recap: August 2018

Two Weeks in Malaysia and Singapore

In September of 2017, a colleague approached me to ask if I’d be interested in chaperoning a student trip to Malaysia at the end of June. Of course, I responded with an enthusiastic “Yes!” and embarked on a fourteen-day trip with two colleagues and 21 high school students from mid-June until early July- a great way to kick off the summer.   Working with Happy … Continue reading Two Weeks in Malaysia and Singapore

A Week in Northern England

Just like last year, I chaperoned our 4ème (or 8th grade) students during the official trip week to England back in April (my selfish secret: I prefer this trip because the students stay in host families while we get a hotel, meaning that our nights are student-free!) Last year, we hit several new destinations on my list, including Cambridge, Kent, Canterbury, Colchester, and Harwich. This year, we … Continue reading A Week in Northern England

Life Recap: April and May 2018

I originally started blogging in order to create a helpful and informative TAPIF blog as well as to record my travels during my “Year in France”. However, as time has passed on, the style and purpose of my blog has shifted. I have also realized that I simply like having a dedicated space where records of my life have been documented over the past few … Continue reading Life Recap: April and May 2018

Conflicted

In the midst of everything— and I mean everything-– going on: Gun control reform, the #MeToo Movement, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, among so many other things, I saw a quote about a year ago on Twitter that especially jumped out at me, and stuck with me. This tweet was written just days after the Women’s March on Washington and Trump’s inauguration. I’ve outwardly identified as a … Continue reading Conflicted

Confessions of a First Year Teacher

I may not remember much about the first half of September through December of last year, but I do remember this day perfectly. It was a few days after hosting Thanksgiving. I had just finished grading 47 essays. I had seven preps. I was having doubts about my teaching abilities. I was exhausted and I was stressed. I spent little time sleeping and a lot … Continue reading Confessions of a First Year Teacher

The Biggest Differences Between Teaching In France and Teaching in the USA

I started college in 2008– in the peak of the economic recession, and just two years before Scott Walker would be elected as Governor of Wisconsin and proceed to reform teachers’ unions. Throughout my college career, the subject of teaching was politically charged. Each semester I was faced with comments and “advice” from professors, academic advisors, and fellow teachers about the hardships of teaching– I … Continue reading The Biggest Differences Between Teaching In France and Teaching in the USA