Happy AP testing!

Today starts AP testing, which can be a flurry of last-minute review sessions, practice tests, and drills. But personally, I like to slow it down this time of year (don't get me wrong, we are taking 2 mock multiple choice tests this week!) However, I find that if I am calm and having fun then [...]

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A Conversation with a Student…

I had a student the other day ask me how my love of learning about other cultures had impacted by own religion and life. As a teacher of world history and culture, I live for those kinds of questions. However, I am careful about how I answer because I know that, as a teacher (especially [...]

Religious Worlds of New York Curriculum Projects

The full file of Curriculum Development projects are on the Religious Worlds of New York website, but I wanted to highlight some of the my favorite projects done by the last cohort group. I also wrote a blog post highlighting my Curriculum Development project HERE! โ€œIf You Canโ€™t Take the Heatโ€: Jewish and Islamic Dietary [...]

Spring Break is HERE

If you're not a teacher, you just cannot understand the absolute excitement that comes when spring break arrives. I truly think it is the most important break we get all year. Kids are cranky and stressed from the "testing season;" teachers and administrators have had it with students, and everyone is just miserable. To top [...]

Veneration of the Virgin: The Art of Icons in Greek Orthodox Theology

Update! our curriculum development projects are live! CHECK EM OUT! One of the fabulous things about the Religious Worlds of New York NEH Summer Institute is that each participant also had the opportunity to create a lesson plan fit for their teaching curriculum. This meant that not only did I get 3 weeks of incredible [...]

Learning not Converting

I love learning about other religions, like to an intense amount. However, I think a lot of people, especially parents, are afraid of exposing their kids to other world views because they believe that they will leave their "home" religion and become a secular vagabond or something. As a world history teacher, I obviously disagree [...]