Middle School Mafia

When I subbed a Middle School Theater Arts class recently, the students played an improv game called “Mafia.” Improvisation is the the ability to take existing pieces and put them together in a new combination for a purpose. Improvisation teaches students how to make decisions quickly, how to keep calm in a fast and emotionalContinue reading “Middle School Mafia”

Notes from Audio Storytelling for Journalists Class Week 3

I am taking Audio storytelling for journalists: How to tell stories on podcasts, voice assistants, social audio, and beyond” from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin. These are my notes from the third week. Create an audio toolkit. Gonzo journalism~ a type of journalism that theContinue reading “Notes from Audio Storytelling for Journalists Class Week 3”

Middle School Advisory

One of the things that I promised myself is that I would finish the stack of digital stories that I started yet did not complete in 2021. This is the second. I spent about 10 minutes in a classroom at the Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts, during a Middle School Advisory meeting. I need toContinue reading “Middle School Advisory”

Welcome to the ZO

This digital storytelling project – created by the Marshall Project – blew me away. Michael K. Williams narrates while Molly Crabapple illustrates each episode written and directed by Kim Boekbinder and Jim Batt. “The Zo,” prison jargon for The Twilight Zone, was based on a huge archive of letters compiled by the American Prison WritingContinue reading “Welcome to the ZO”

“The Lottery” Rabbit Hole

I spend more time than I should on social media every day. Every once in a while I stumble over something interesting that sends me down a rabbit hole. Today it was this: In 1948 Shirley Jackson “The Lottery,” all the villagers in a small town gather, collect rocks, draw names to decide whom toContinue reading ““The Lottery” Rabbit Hole”

Notes from Audio Storytelling for Journalists Class Week 1

I am taking Audio storytelling for journalists: How to tell stories on podcasts, voice assistants, social audio, and beyond” from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin. These are my notes from the first week. Anecdote ~ a short account of a particular incident or event, especiallyContinue reading “Notes from Audio Storytelling for Journalists Class Week 1”

A Natural Renewal

Jobs often provide benefits of which the folks in human resources office are unaware. I work at the Rivers School, a coed private day school that serves grades 6-12 on 23 acre campus, located 15 miles from Boston with 900 feet of frontage on picturesque Nonesuch Pond in Weston, Massachusetts. During the school year, IContinue reading “A Natural Renewal”