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Super-Model

Last Saturday, I sat in on a teacher professional development workshop led by one of my fellow Fellows. During a Q&A session, one of the participants very eagerly shared her advice that teachers need to be “supermodels” in the classroom. Stopping just short of parting student desks to make a catwalk, I think she had […]

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Lists

Some of you may have been asking yourself, “Gee, I wonder what Jackie does when she’s trapped in traffic jams for hours on end?”  I’m so glad you asked.  Sometimes I try to keep from going insane by making chitchat with the taxi driver. Sometimes I have to resort to blasting music through my headphones […]

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Into the Wilds of Borneo

A while back, I read a novel set in a small hamlet in West Java around the 1960s. The hamlet was disconnected from any large city and sustained itself through rice fields and a strong belief in ancestral spirits to guide its future. The novel, The Dancer, was historical fiction, and it painted a pretty […]

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Bapak Ojek of the Jalan Tikus

Keeping with my goal to familiarize the folks back home with day-to-day living, I’ve posted some short video clips from an ojek (motorbike taxi) ride I took on Friday. Ojeks are great because they can go places where cars can’t. Riding them is alternatively terrifying and exhilarating.These guys got skillz. This ride was particularly entertaining […]

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The Secret’s in the Flow

Oftentimes, living in Jakarta can be infuriating. I mean, full-out open the flood gates, shaking of fists and nashing of teeth frustrating. The infrastructure is so horrendous that just the thought of leaving your house more than twice a day is exhausting. Every venture outside must be carefully planned out – the day, time of […]

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Seoul Searching: A Comedy of Errors

Washington DC to Seoul: 6945 miles and 14 hours. Jakarta to Seoul: 3287 miles and 8 hours. Meeting your brother half way around the world: priceless…well, mostly. When my brother announced that he would be paying a visit to South Korea in September, it seemed like our one and only opportunity to do some world […]

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Bonding Over Machetes & Sulfur

Meet the 2012-2013 Fellows, Photo by Adam Brock whoaredefinitelynotdoinganythingthatthestatedepartmentwouldfrownuponinthispicture. For two weeks, eighteen of us (two are still coming at the end of the month) are bonding in Bandung, a city two hours outside of the capital. We spend most of our days blundering through language class and sessions on the education system in Indonesia. […]

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The Other Side

In the few years I’ve been a teacher, I’ve discovered one constant: It always takes me three tries to get it right. When I taught intensive writing at U of Akron, it wasn’t until my third semester that I finally knew what I was doing – my endless apologies to my poor, poor first semester […]

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Round Three

America is great. Or is it just that America is home that makes it great? When I’m home for the summer, I am wholly me again, assured and confident in familiar surroundings. In Indonesia, I am stripped of some of this confidence and independence. Getting back behind the wheel of a car is so simple, […]

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Southpaw Living

In honor of National Lefthander’s Day, I feel it my duty to dedicate blog-space to the southpaw experience. I am one of the 10 per cent of the world’s population that can claim left-handedness. I am also part of the first generation that wasn’t forced to be right handed. My uncle should proudly pen with […]

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