Teaching Chinese Students About America

Teaching Chinese Students About America

In the summer of 2012, I received a message at one of the colleges I teach at telling me about an international group of students who would soon be visiting from China’s Zhejiang University. Their stay in Pittsburgh was part of a three week English practicum...
Realm Makers Conference 2014

Realm Makers Conference 2014

Here’s the thing for anyone who wants to be a published author: You basically have to go to a writer’s conference at some point. Everything changed for me in 2011 when I made the decision to invest in the cost of traveling and attending conferences. Once I...

Are Schools Killing Student Potential?

The world is changing fast, so much so that many of us can barely keep up. The reality is that your job and lifestyle will continue to change regardless of what industry you work in. But buckle up because it goes much deeper than just changes in the workplace. As a...

Hollywood Existential 17: Teachers

Ah teaching, that wonderfully rewarding vocation featuring the beauty of sacrifice and the transmittance of knowledge to minds and hearts longing to learn. Or, if you prefer, that soul-sucking grind amid oceans of apathy in which the Cheerio of...

Kindness (& Pittsburgh Penguins) Beat Bullying This Time

Just a few weeks ago, 13-year-old Noah Brocklebank decided he had been bullied enough and said he would take his own life on his birthday. Noah told CBS News: “Just felt like everything was worthless. My life was terrible. I had no one.” But he did and does have...