Games have been around for hundreds of thousands of years. A popular past time for all ages, games promote problem solving, enhance memory, increase motivation and are a form of social interaction. It’s no surprise that games are used widely in the field of education as a fun way to learn a new skill or subject.
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On March 20th First Literacy was featured in The Boston Globe. The story features how the First Literacy Spelling Bee helps create life-changing educational opportunities for adults throughout Massachusetts. The article also highlights a change in this year’s event.
I learned a new phrase very recently while brainstorming with other peers in the Human Resources and people operations field – the phrase is “work-life harmony.” I remember many years ago having a similar conversation with coworkers about how work-life balance wasn’t the best phrase anymore.
At First Literacy, our most generous donors are recognized as being part of the Phillis Wheatley society. This amazing woman, was stolen from her family in Africa at the age of eight, brought to Boston in 1761 on a slave ship not speaking a word of English, and wrote her first poem in English four years later.
Students have paid a high price during the pandemic. A struggle for some is existential for others. As Omicron eventually fades, we will get to decide what the new normal looks like in educating our students.
Can you teach if your only qualification is that you speak the language? Not always, but often — in other words, it depends. It depends on what motivates you in the first place, and where you find training, mentorship, and community.