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In A Non-Niche Niche

When I started this blog, I intended it to be about teaching.  Particularly about the crazy things that happen in a classroom that are wholly unexpected and that education courses never talk about.  Which would make a pretty good college … Continue reading

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Successful Quechuans: Benjamin Bratt

Originally posted on The New York Quechua Initiative:
Benjamin’s father is European and his mother is Quechuan.   In 1969, when Benjamin was a child living in San Francisco his mother took him to participate in the Native-American Occupation of…

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BICS is okay, but CALP? Forget it.

Wait, what?  I uttered this in our office the other day and everyone laughed. To help you understand why this could remotely be funny while not putting you to sleep instantly, here’s a quick, so-don’t-stop-reading, crash course on learning a … Continue reading

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My Conflict With Religion

Religion used to be a definitive part of my life.  I was following the rules or I wasn’t.  I was accepting God’s love or I wasn’t.  I was respectful to people of all religions.  My religion wasn’t worse or better … Continue reading

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Archaeology, History and Impatience

What isn’t cool about archaeology?  A while ago, I realized that archaeology is really the study of the history of people.  How self-absorbed are we?  How ADD am I?  Those are intrinsically interesting questions.  At least to me. I’m not … Continue reading

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Elmendorf AFB + Pentagon+ Chappaqua,NY = Ecuadorian Kichwa

A road less traveled.  The only location I left out was my 4 years in Ohio for college. With the exception of Ohio, which wasn’t 100% my choice since my parents had to agree to foot the bill, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Grocery Cart Wheel

It took me a few minutes to come up with this title, because I wanted to write “Grocery Cart Wheels.” But then I realized that it usually is just one wheel on the grocery cart that makes me want to … Continue reading

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Alli Chishi Mashikuna

Once upon a time there was a high school ESL teacher who couldn’t understand why so many of her students from Ecuador had such a hard time in their native speaker Spanish classes. Native Spanish speakers take Living Environment and … Continue reading

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