When teachers become students: Allen to attend summer workshop

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History and Social Sciences Department Head Jonathon Allen was one of 20 history instructors to be accepted into a “Teaching East Asia” program this summer at University of Colorado Boulder. Allen will be attending the “Critical Issues in Contemporary China” weeklong workshop to explore some of the most critical issues facing China’s leaders and people today. Allen, who visited Japan over spring break, said he loves East Asia as an area of study and hopes to increase awareness on campus about modern issues in East Asia.

With Marlborough’s changing emphasis on world history, Allen said he hopes to bring some of the things he learns back to the school, specifically in the Modern World History Honors class he teaches that spends one to two months looking at Mao Zedong’s rule.

“I think [this program] is going to boost and strengthen that course and extend what we typically study about Mao into more contemporary China. I can hopefully influence more lessons on East Asia at Marlborough if the teachers and students are willing,” Allen said.

The program will include intense readings every day and will provide teachers with resources to use in the classroom. Allen said he looks forward to being able to remind himself of what it is like to be a student, while connecting with other teachers.
“I love the fact that I get to put myself back in the student’s position because I think to be an effective teacher, you have to always remember what it’s like to be a student,” Allen said.