“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.”

-Anatole France

Students at play in Chantaburi, Thailand.

Learning Through Play

Scientific research shows that we like our peers more if we engage in some form of play with them. Learning should not be confined to rote memorization or drills. It should be dynamic and engaging, and I seek to bring elements of play into my instruction to encourage students to experience language in an exciting and meaningful way.

Students in Fang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Assisting One Another in Education

We, as teachers, will not be able to be there for our students forever. They must learn how to engage their environment in order to draw forth lessons from the experiences they have through life. Developing and fostering autonomy in learners, encouraging them to engage the world to learn for the sake of learning, is of the utmost importance to me. I seek to give students the tools and encouragement necessary to allow them to continue their own personal development, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Fang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Sharing Our Stories

Life is narrative. We speak through narrative, learn about each other through stories, and reflect upon past experiences through anecdotes. Storytelling is an integral part of our lives, and to understanding one another. We each embark upon a grand adventure to craft the narrative of our lives, and we use language to facilitate how we communicate our personal story. Through sharing stories in the classroom, and learning how to perfect that craft through language, I feel we can link ideas and shared experiences across diverse cultures.

“Either we shall find what we are seeking, or – we shall free ourselves of the persuasion that we know what we do not know.”