This is a picture of my wife Thuy and I. I’m an American English teacher in Vietnam. I teach English to children and adolescents. My website is for anyone who wants to get better at English. Students can learn about a new app. Teachers can find an interesting lesson plan or a fun game. Parents can get some helpful advice. Thanks for visiting and don’t forget to be awesome.

3D Printing Chess Pieces at Blue Sky Academy

3D printing chess pieces at Blue Sky Academy

It was early on a weekday morning. I was alone in my classroom planning a lesson when one of my students burst in. He excitedly asked me to play chess. I accepted his challenge and followed him. My class of 7 year olds were waiting. All of them were excited to watch me play the reigning champion Tim. The chessboard and pieces were laid out on a classroom desk. I went to move my pawn […]

My First Vietnamese Lunar New Year Holiday

Would you chase a duck blindfolded? This is something you may have to do during Tet. Tet is a country-wide festival that takes place every year in Vietnam. It’s a combination of Christmas, New Years, and Mardi Gras. Families eat and drink together. They give red envelopes containing lucky money. Peach blossum trees are decorated. Many people visit their local Buddhist temple. You may find yourself singing Vietnamese love songs. That’s something that happened to […]

Has One Laptop per Child Failed?

I’ve always admired the One Laptop per Child project. I’ve volunteered for them by writing ([1] [2] [3]) and producing a video. I even interviewed with them. Empowering children with technology is a powerful promise. Has that promise been kept? I asked my friend (and OLPC volunteer) Nancie Severs, has OLPC failed? Disclaimer: These are the opinions of Nancie Severs. “I don’t see OLPC as a failure at all. When Nicholas Negropante dreamed up the cute […]

House of Dolphin Grand Opening Speech

  Moisture builds up on the glass walls of the pool. I draw a smiley face with my finger to entertain the students as they wait for the doors to open. Everyone is excited for the grand opening of the pool. They file in and sit down. They sing the Blue Sky Academy song. Their hands waving in the air from left to right. Speeches are given. The ribbon is cut. Races are won. The […]

My Christmas Day Adventure in Vietnam

Every Christmas should begin with a full body massage. The person massaging you should meet the following criteria. Cute, friendly and female. The massage should be no less than an hour. Warm body oil should be generously applied. Afterwards, you’ll be relaxed and ready for any adventure. That’s how my 2013 Christmas Day began. I got a one hour massage by a cute, friendly female. Accompanying me on this adventure was my friend Stephan. Both […]