Creative ESL for K-12?

How do I introduce K-12 ESL students from South Korea and beyond to history and context while staying nearby to storytelling and creative performance? We’ve been reciting and reflecting upon some of Aesop’s fables but it might be useful to try basic Shakespeare.  It has been a nice journey so far so let’s probe deeper,Continue reading “Creative ESL for K-12?”

Peter and the Wolf for 2nd graders

I am using Peter and the Wolf and The Lion King (with Study Guide) as visual and aural learning resources as I teach four brilliant 2nd graders from Seoul, South Korea (ESL for Special Purposes), These kids are a huge wake up call for me.  Their brilliance reflects poorly upon our local and national educationalContinue reading “Peter and the Wolf for 2nd graders”

My Bucket List: Places to go in the Philippines

THIS ARTICLE provides useful information about some fantastic, off-the-beaten-track places to go in the Philippines.  I already had my own list of places for reclining and recreating in the Philippines, but this list adds several new and astonishing ones to the mix. CLICK HERE

Is it South China Sea or is it West Philippine Sea?

Philippine Sea — South China Sea Dispute (Non-Interactive) This is an interesting book by Philippines Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio that lays out an historical analysis of the legal claims to Scarborough Shoal, the Spratleys and many other islands in the Philippine Sea wast of Palawan (aka South China Sea). TRANSCRIPT: Justice Antonio Carpio onContinue reading “Is it South China Sea or is it West Philippine Sea?”

Proficiency (or Mastery) and Growth

I prefer the word, mastery, instead of proficiency, but as I watched the exchange between Al Franken and Betty DeVos I heard reference to the “proficiency v growth” debate.  It reminds me the assessment of learning is no easy matter, and it takes time, thought and effort to understand such issues.  Unfortunately, Betty DeVos doesn’t seem toContinue reading “Proficiency (or Mastery) and Growth”

Festival of Muslim Cinema in Kazan, Russia

I have been doing research about independent filmmaking in Kyrgyz Republic.  I see mention of Kyrgyz films that were included in a “Festival of Muslim Cinema” in Kazan, in Russia.  I wonder about the films being shown.  I have so many favorite films from Iran and other places, films known to adhere to “Islamic” or “Muslim” values inContinue reading “Festival of Muslim Cinema in Kazan, Russia”

Happiness and Suffering

I have been pondering the notion of Happiness and the Root of Suffering.  I am trying to simplify my understanding here, and I hope it helps someone else too. What is happiness? Happiness is when the heart and mind are freed from suffering. How can one achieve happiness? Happiness can be achieved as the causes ofContinue reading “Happiness and Suffering”

A Lumad Prayer in Bendum, Philippines

I am re-editing some documentary projects that I produced years ago in the upland forests of Mindanao, Philippines.  My son says my style as a filmmaker is antiquated and extinct, and he is probably correct, but it’s my best effort and hopefully achieves some level of mindful simplicity in an online context.

Now there’s Trump so I return to Zinn

Some folks are long overdue for their first reading of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn.  In my case, I was overdue for a re-read and it has been very helpful.  With recent political developments as they have been and a tendency to forecast ominously for the future I provide this link toContinue reading “Now there’s Trump so I return to Zinn”