With both a B.A. and M.A. in history, I’ve been teaching over a decade. I started in Florida, teaching middle school, high school, and eventually adjuncting at a local university. In 2016 I moved to China to teach at an International School.

I am passionate about history and teaching historical thinking skills. Facts and memorization are not what make learning fun and certainly not what attracted me to history.

I believe teachers should always be improving their craft and looking for new and exciting ways of reaching students. A critical part of this is reflecting on your own practice. This blog is my next effort to try and do both of these things while learning a new skill.

I moved abroad because I enjoyed travel but since COVID there has been significantly less of that. Thank goodness China is opening again! When I am not working or traveling around China, I enjoy spending time at various coffee shops. When I lived in Dalian, my cafe of choice was Snow’s Coffee. (If you happen to find yourself in the seaside town of Jinshitan 金石滩 outside of Dalian, you won’t regret a visit.) Since moving to Shanghai I am on a mission to try and find a suitable replacement. According to a recent report I read, there are nearly 8000 coffee shops in Shanghai alone. It should be fun to try as many of them possible while I am here.

Thanks for reading, I hope you find something interesting or useful. Let me know if you do!

-Shane Twaddell

Contact a.k.a. the “Parking Lot”

I always joke about the “Parking Lot” trainers use in nearly every PD I have attended. So just to be clear, there is some sarcasm in using the term here.

But seriously, let me know what you think, what you would like to read about, send a question, or share an idea with me. #Collaboration!