Contrary to the title of this blog post, this winter has been delightful in many ways, but it seemed a fitting catchall for some of the more memorable events. We adore our winter wonderland here in the Hasliberg. I continued to teach pre-calculus and geometry, while Sarah debuted two new courses: Modern Mythologies and Geography … Continue reading The Winter of our (Orthopedic) Discontent
The students have left. Our house is quiet. There’s a global pandemic raging so we’re not exploring much except for the mountain that we live on. There are much worse places to be stuck. Have I mentioned that it’s cold, and even snowy, here? It snowed a decent amount more the day the students left, … Continue reading And…Break!
So along with not giving grades, offering academic courses like “Gender Studies,” “Revolting Children” (a course on activism taught by Sarah), and “French,” recreational courses like blacksmithing, improv theater, goat walking, and rock climbing, as well as having a schoolwide Saturday morning sing-a-long in at least four languages, our school takes a weeklong break in … Continue reading Intensive 2020
The Fall Hike was amazing, but just one of many autumnal adventures we’ve had here in the Alps. First of all, the snow keeps creeping closer. Then we made pizza. And by “we made” I mean “The Eldest sculpted” pizza. And by “sculpted” I mean “played with the dough.” In my Applied Mathematics class my … Continue reading Fall in the Hasliberg
I wrote in the last post, so long ago, that we were about to go on a two-day hike. It happened, and it was appropriately amazing. Sarah and The Eldest each went on two single day hikes and had a great time. The twins happened to be together on their two-day hike and enjoyed staying … Continue reading The fall hike
For me it was the wildfires. Pandemic? Not my favorite experience. The continued systematic discrimination and killing of people of color in my home country? Horrendous. The structure of government in my home country allows a minority of votes to control the one of two legislative bodies and the executive branch to the detriment of … Continue reading Beginning the year
I couldn’t sleep. It was 4:30am on the first day we were allowed out of our ten day government-mandated quarantine, so I had a decent excuse. Time to explore our new Swiss neighborhood for the first time! In the dark. Back up a couple days, the boys and I decided it was a good idea … Continue reading Freedom! For a time…
Let’s play two truths and a lie. Spot the falsehood: – Our kids have attended schools in Sacramento, California; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Panama City, Panama.– We just moved to a tiny village in the Swiss Alps.– We’re mere days away from the start of our 18th year teaching, this time working with … Continue reading We Have Truly Arrived