Posts tagged history

Guess Who’s in London!

That’s right — I am!

It’s so cold here compared to my last 8 months in India/Asia. My tan’s going to disappear so fast! NOOOOOOOOOOO….

The only other downside (I’ve figured out so far): jetlag/travel headache

The upside: I get to hang out with massarrah and her hubby until the wind whisps me onto my next adventure.

So some backstory for those interested in my personal life — massarrah and I went to high school together — actually: the high school I’ve been working at for the past six years! She’s remained a close friend ever since — that’s kind of what happens with your friends from boarding school — it’s a “for-life” kind of deal. And I’m so happy to finally have made the time/space to visit her on her home-turf here in the UK. 

Oh, and in case you’re wondering whether she’s as amazing as I say, the proof is in the pudding: This morning, she demonstrated her discovery that she can roll her North Face rain jacket into the hood so to make a compact pouch! If that’s not brilliance, I don’t know what is ;) Surely, though, her knowledge of ancient languages outshines her North Face innovations! I sincerely hope to get an closer look at some of the ancient writing tablets she studies as part of her work at Oxford. 

If you’re not following massarrah, you should! You’ll get the inside scoop from a top scholar in her field.  

PS I’ve gotten into the habit of not including punctuation at the end of a sentence if I close the thought with an emoticon. I think this should become standard grammar in the 21st century. What do you think massarrah?

From the Five Rathas (chariots), a piece of the Unesco World Heritage Site at Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India. Swarming with tourists (myself included). These seventh century structures were prototypes for South Indian temple designs. They are carved from single blocks of stone. This place is known for its stone carvings; everywhere you turn someone is trying to sell you small stone sculptures. Be warned: if you look foreign and a guy asks where you’re from, he’s almost surely going to try and sell you a small granite novelty item. They’re a dime a dozen here. Along the street leading to the Rathas site, you’ll find a ton of stone sculpture workshops as well as the objects they craft lining the side of the road (seen in the last photo).

What’s your philosophy of life?

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Spent some time this weekend in photoshop working on this recreation of a 1800s Lawrenceville (the high school I work at) team photo. A talented student photographer and the Athletic Director worked together to have the guys position themselves similar to the 1887 photo, and I had the job as digital designer. 
Turned out pretty well.

Spent some time this weekend in photoshop working on this recreation of a 1800s Lawrenceville (the high school I work at) team photo. A talented student photographer and the Athletic Director worked together to have the guys position themselves similar to the 1887 photo, and I had the job as digital designer. 

Turned out pretty well.

Anyone have good rubrics for using wikis in a history class? Or can anyone link to wikis that students have made for history classes? I could use some examples.

If you know the history of Starfleet you could see how this pairing in my facebook news feed is an ironic coincidence.

If you know the history of Starfleet you could see how this pairing in my facebook news feed is an ironic coincidence.

Journey of the Universe:

We just had an evening screening of this new science-meets-humanities narrative of the universe story at an all school evening meeting. The husband and wife producer team from Yale was on site for an introduction and questions. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but had to confiscate two phones during the viewing from kids who were distracting themselves with nonsense. 

Positively Persistent Teach: Social Studies Websites

teacher-girl:

A fellow Tumblr teacher requested websites related to the Soviet Union collapse.

Below are websites I’ve collected that I consider to be “gems”: