A Dedication

Alex and Judith, two names spoken countless times throughout the first three years of Teachers Training Teachers. On my first trip to Haiti in October 2010, an arrangement was made to meet with a school leader of Nehemiah Christian Academy. Relaxed by his English, Alex and I chatted about supplies and curriculum. During this conversation, I asked if his teachers …

Frames of (our) mind

I am one who adds something to a list even after the task is complete, relishing in the stroke of ink that crosses it off. But the crazy does not end there because I also have a habit of keeping those lists and other scraps of paper. My explanation for this odd behavior is that it brings me great satisfaction …

Unexpected

Unexpected perspectives are beautiful. Home from Seminar 2, I reflect on two new perspectives. We stumbled upon the first perspective one month ago. At the end of each day, our participants complete an exit survey. Up to this point, we had required each teacher to individually complete a survey to measure their recall and understanding. And then, an idea developed …

It Must Be Worth Her While

 When interviewed in 2013 on the CNN production of “Girl Rising”, director Richard Robbins commented, “… Unlike a lot of big global problems that we face in the world, whether it’s global warming or religious conflict or the AIDS epidemic, we actually know what the solution is to this problem. We know how to educate girls. Most of us know …

Nobody likes a “know-it-all”

At the birth of Teachers Training Teachers in 2010, we wondered if it was possible to strip away marketing influences and waning trends to reveal the longstanding and universal methods of teaching. We committed to research educational theory from a global perspective, as opposed to a Western… American… Northeastern… Massachusetts… perspective. It was our hope that these methods could be …

Would you rather be a bus driver or a taxi driver?

I read of a study by Maguire, Woollett, & Spiers (2006) who examined the brains of London taxi drivers compared to London bus drivers. The results showed that the hippocampus’ of taxi drivers were larger than those of bus drivers. The hippocampus is the region of the brain that specializes in acquiring and using complex spatial information to navigate efficiently …