Category Archives: School

Goodbye, Timor

David:   I hate saying goodbyes, especially those that have a finality about them. John Paul told Sr. Guilhermina that he didn’t want to come to the airport because it was too hard to say goodbye.  I understand. Our final … Continue reading

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Midterm Examination

This week we are doing midterm exams. As every teacher knows, exams not only measure  student achievement. They can tell us something about a teacher.  If students haven’t learned, then whatever else they may have done, teachers haven’t taught. Any definition of … Continue reading

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Moving On

It seems time to make public to our readers what many know privately. After much prayer and many discussions, some with heat and some with light, David and I have decided that we will not be returning to Timor-Leste for … Continue reading

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Feast of St. Magdalene

Discover the meanings and values that define the cultural context. Recognize their order of importance. These make up a culture’s distinctive character. Study of a group’s history explains why a culture transmits only certain meanings and cherishes particular values more … Continue reading

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Redefining Success

Many of us have heard and agree with the Mother Teresa quote about “God is not looking for success, He is looking for faithfulness.” It’s a good thing, too. Teaching English has presented us with challenges that we never dreamed … Continue reading

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Birthday Reflections

Today is my 59th birthday, I don’t feel any different than I did at 39, I am wonderously blessed and I know it. I have the three most amazing children, two fabulous daugthers-in-law and two beautiful grandsons whom I shall … Continue reading

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Working Out Our Differences

Not surprisingly, we spend a disproportionate amount of time thinking about culture and the way that it shapes our experiences. It is most apparent in the classroom. Timorese students are like students everywhere in some ways, but in other ways … Continue reading

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