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The New Role of Teachers in The Information Age

Author: Ekaterina Kostioukhina I am Dr. Ekaterina Kostioukhina, and I teach Space Medicine! Every time I design a lecture, I ask myself these questions: How can I make a one-hour lecture more meaningful for these students who are the future of our next generations? I know I can teach them a lot of information, science, andContinue reading “The New Role of Teachers in The Information Age”

What to do when life gets hectic and your Splash class student enrollment gets doubled in size at the last minute

Author: Grace Jiang Kate and I sit side by side at the head of a brightly lit, empty classroom, surrounded at all edges by black chalkboards, facing rows of long wooden tables and bright blue plastic chairs. It reminds me of my recitation classrooms. At the tiny, back corner of my mind, thoughts of uncompletedContinue reading “What to do when life gets hectic and your Splash class student enrollment gets doubled in size at the last minute”

The best free virtual teaching resources for educators, whether you’re in-person or online

Author: Anna Moss I’m Anna Moss, the founder of Mind the Test. I received my BA in Linguistics from the University of Chicago, and after that, I taught English online for five years while also traveling the world and tutoring test prep. I actually spent two years in Bangkok tutoring kids who wanted to comeContinue reading “The best free virtual teaching resources for educators, whether you’re in-person or online”

Virtual Plants

By Roopsha D Bandopadhyay I was introduced to MIT’s ESP events through teaching for HSSP over the summer. I was excited by the prospect of teaching anything, literally anything, to high school students who were eager to learn. The same enthusiasm compelled me to teach a sequence course for Spark this spring. Out of theContinue reading “Virtual Plants”

spoon homicide: the birth of a meme, and how it (vaguely) relates to teaching history

by Alan Zhu This story starts with a graph. My co-teacher and I are doing research for our inconveniently named class, “Did We Start the Fire? History from 1949-1989 as Told by Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire.’” There’s a very useful website called Genius which has, through the power of crowdsourcing, compiled theContinue reading “spoon homicide: the birth of a meme, and how it (vaguely) relates to teaching history”

A Blog on Teaching

by Bil Lewis Dear Blog… My “philosophy” of teaching is based on the idea that I can drive the students crazier than they can drive me. Ha hahaha… But in a serious way, I want the students to be interested, excited in what we’re studying, and laughing. I dress and teach as James Madison (4thContinue reading “A Blog on Teaching”

Scattered Thoughts

by Mandar Juvekar Since the start of HSSP many scattered thoughts vaguely related to the program have called my brain home. Some serious, some not as much, these thoughts have helped keep me entertained through an otherwise monotonous summer. Here is a quick highlight reel, with the hope that perhaps one or two of themContinue reading “Scattered Thoughts”

Dipping My Toes into Online Learning

by Arianna Krinos         In step with the random extra Shark Week TV specials we’ve been blessed with as an unintended positive side effect of the quarantine, this year’s shark-flavored HSSP was an atypical venture into extracurricular education for high school students. With serendipity, my area of study also happens to be Biological Oceanography, and myContinue reading “Dipping My Toes into Online Learning”


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