What happened after my TED Talk? I quit my job, wrote a book, grew my organization, and promoted a US postage stamp in Times Square

🙂 Anyone want a love letter?

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Hannah Brencher carried a USPS mail crate with her when she spoke at TED@NYC. Photo: Ryan Lash Hannah Brencher carried a USPS mail crate with her when she spoke at TED@NYC. Photo: Ryan Lash

Hannah Brencher strolled onstage to give her TED Talk, “Love letters to strangers,” with a US Postal Service mail crate propped on her hip. And that mail crate full of letters turned out to be a metaphor for what happened next — a box of surprises and possibilities.

Onstage at Joe’s Pub in June 2012, Brencher told her story of writing love letters to strangers — yes, in her own handwriting — and leaving them on café tables, tucking them in books at the library, and sending them to anyone on the internet who asked. The project, which she began as a way to fight her post-college depression, took on its own life, so Brencher set up the website More Love Letters to help the letter-writing project expand to anyone who…

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Lessons about Lessons

Currently in the midst of my holidays, I have been letting my mind and ambitions sleep. No lesson plans, no studying… just relaxing (and recovering from a cold 😦 )

But alas, sweet moments like these need to come to an end – especially in the field of teaching 😦

So after 4 days of doing absolutely nothing (and loving it), I decided to wake myself up and get BUSY. Lesson plans, assessments and lessons plans.. that’s pretty much my life for the next term. Sad? A little… but mostly excited at the thought of FINALLY teaching.

With that said, I have been preparing myself for the term ahead. Surrounding myself with programs and resources. But one thing that I’m glad to have around me are the notes that I wrote during winter school – specifically the notes I wrote for lecture ‘The Caring Teacher’ by Wendy Moran.

Besides her invaluable study of what makes a caring teacher and its obvious benefits inside and outside of the classroom, there was one set of ‘steps’ that are currently integral to the development of my lesson planning.

Disclaimer: The ‘steps’ should not be used per lesson but rather a holistic guide for a series of learning experiences.

1. What do I want the students to learn? (2-3 points MAX)

2. How do I want them to learn it?

3. What are they going to do to show me they have learned it? (assessment)

4. How well do I expect them to do it (assessment criteria)

It’s important to note that not every lesson will be engaging but you shouldn’t be discouraged to at least TRY and make every lesson as engaging as possible.

Happy planning and welcome back to work everyone!

Living and Loving as an Introvert

Food for silent thought 🙂


good advice

*stands up*

*shuffles nervously*

*clears throat*

Hello. My name’s Ruth and I am an introvert.

Would you believe that it has taken me 31 years to say that?

Most of those years have been taken up with saying other things. No, I’m not anti-social. No, I’m not shy. No, it’s not that I hate people, or that I hate you, or that I’m a badly brought up Awkward Annie.

I’m just an introvert.

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