Category Archives: Education

The Roller Coaster Ride That is the Peace Corps

During our 2-month pre-service training we were told, on more than one occasion, that this would be a roller coaster ride and indeed it has been. Nary a day goes by when I ask myself, “What is my purpose here?” … Continue reading

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Sit Down and Meditate, Dammit!

Is it wrong that I almost had to kick three kids out of my meditation class for being disruptive? Let me explain. I’ve been holding a series of “Anger Management” sessions for some students in my school. These are kids … Continue reading

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Herding Cats

Yesterday a group of 3rd graders came to the Guidance Office proclaiming there were kids in the classroom standing on desks and misbehaving. I asked them where their teacher was and they said she left. They said she had put … Continue reading

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Meditation

Yesterday I met with some of my first and second graders who are participating in my “Anger Management” class. After we reviewed some of the strategies to use when someone is bothering you, I asked the kids if they had … Continue reading

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm

I recently came across a notice for a poster competition where the theme was, “Youth Gambling Prevention.” The competition was being sponsored by the Betting Gaming & Lotteries Commission. Isn’t that like Miller Lite sponsoring an Alcoholics Anonymous Convention? The … Continue reading

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You Gotta Love Kids

While sitting in the guidance office at the primary school I’m working at, a young boy came into the office holding an 18″ iron bar. He told me that another boy had “licked” him on his jaw and said something … Continue reading

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Election Day

“We are ready,” said a spokesman for the Police High Command. If you have been following the news in Jamaica for the past two months, then you know that today, December 29th, is election day. When I arrived in Jamaica … Continue reading

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