This post/letter is dedicated to the Class of 2020.
Keeping with a tradition I started since my first year teaching, I would like to write and dedicate a letter to the Class of 2020.
Dear Class of 2020,
Today is the last day of school and honestly I have been sitting on writing this letter to you for a while now. I really don't know how to get started. So much has happened in the last 2 months. Your class holds a defining place in my heart, and not it's not simply because our time together was cut short by COVID-19. Those who had me as sophomores, 90+ of you, were my first group of World History students and my first guinea pigs for thematic World History teaching. Some of you were my first QuIP World History students. A few clubs I advise now started with your class.
By now, most of us have converted to distance/remote teaching or in the process of doing so. My school started distance learning at the beginning of April 2020. There's definitely been a lot of confusion and obstacles along the way, not to mention the equitable access issue and countless others!
To make the transition easier for you, I am sharing with you my resources.
2019 is ending in a few days. I'm going to take a moment and reflect on my finances this past year. I've always cared about finances, but 2019 is when I REALLY cared and started to rethink my financial goals. In the second half of 2019, I made quite a few major financial moves. I'll share with you what lessons I learned this past year, especially in the area of investing. Hopefully it will help you as well.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Hope you are surrounding yourself with loved ones and eating plenty! Most importantly, catching up on rest! It's a good time to catch a breather and recharge before we jump into the second half of the school year. What do you do during your winter break? Here's what I'm doing with my break and what you might consider doing as well...
Happy Friday! For many of us, it's the start of the holiday break! Thank you so much for your hard work! You deserve it!
As the year wraps up and tax season looming around the corner, it's probably a good time to start reevaluating your finances. Today's topic is Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) that some of us should qualify for. I'm on it myself and it's a frustrating process. Let's talk about what it is, the pros and cons of PSLF, and its considerations.
For many of us, this is our last week before the holiday break. Congratulations! You've made it through the first semester! What are your plans for the break? What are your plans for your students over break?? I recall being assigned homework by my teachers every single break. That's ironic right there. Being assigned "work" during "break." I had no break.
Perhaps we should reconsider assigning homework over breaks for students? After all, don't we need a break? Shouldn't they also get a break?
Finance Friday - How I Manage My Personal Finances (as a “Broke” Educator) - Introducing Personal Finance
This post is an update and a re-launch of Chang the World’s personal finance section - Finance Friday! In this section, I will be diving into a variety of topics that you may find useful. Future posts will be topic specific complete with resources you can use for yourself or your students!
I have a lot of interests; personal finance being one of them. This is one of those subjects that should be taught in school. It’s so huge that I incorporate it into my economics class ever since my first year. Let’s face it. Most students are more likely to use personal finance skills straight out of the classroom than wonder about how the supply & demand of eggs are affecting its prices. I wasn’t taught it in school and “life skills” ALWAYS come up whenever you ask students what they want to learn.
After several months of working on this, I can finally share with you my presentation deck for teaching history thematically! The detailed mini e-book version will come soon! Continue reading this post to get more information and access to the deck.
After a fall hiatus, I'm back and I have some updates for you! I finally finished my "Creating Your Own Thematic History Curriculum" deck - presentation version, titled as "Not Your Typical History Class: A Thematic Approach to Teaching History." The in-depth deck will arrive in 2020. This will be a busy winter break. I will be sharing the presentation version with you in the coming week! Stay tuned!
Also, I'll be presenting on thematic teaching for the first time this weekend at CTA (California Teachers Association) New Educator Weekend South in San Diego. My session will also be recorded. I'll provide the link once I'm hear it's live. Looking forward to the presenting what I've learned to others and get feedback!
Happy 4th of July!
As I was making my rounds of sending mass text messages to friends to wish them a “Happy Independence Day,” a friend replied back with a “For some.” It hit me hard. It was 8:20AM.
Her respond really got me thinking so I want to share a few words. She’s is absolutely right. We're not free until we are ALL free. There are many people who do not have the same freedoms with differing access to privilege. Can we truly call ourselves the Land of the Free when there are still so many injustices in our society?
I'm Jayson, a high school social science teacher with a strong passion for social justice and public education issues.