As an educator, it is difficult to imagine a world where girls would be forbidden to attend school. Malala Yousafazi lived in the Swat Valley of Pakistan and her father, Ziauddin, ran a school near their home. He constantly faced threats from the Taliban, who insisted girls did not deserve an education and threatened those who continued to teach them. Her inspirational story was told in her book “I Am Malala”, and the story of her life before and after being attacked by the Taliban is told in the film “He Named Me Malala” premiering on National Geographic February 29th. The movie promises to be educational and an opportunity to start a dialogue with your own friends and family.
Many years ago, before I had children, I was an elementary school teacher. With the birth of my first child, my career came to an abrupt halt. When I sent my youngest off to Kindergarten, I realized I missed teaching and went back to work as a substitute teacher. That’s what I do when I am not traveling. I love my job because I interact with children in our community on a regular basis (including my children’s friends), get to know the teachers in our school district, have hands-on experience with the curriculum, and never have to bring work home with me (which is truly the best part). I am constantly searching for tools that make learning fun. As technology advances, our… [Read More]