Animating Question

How can we share stories and communicate with intention to build connection and community?


River Hansen

Mandarin Teacher


River realized they had a passion for language learning and storytelling in high school, somewhere between attending unconventional German classes and independently studying J. R. R. Tolkien’s Elvish languages. In college, they took a Mandarin Chinese course on a whim, and they’ve been studying the language and culture ever since. They have over a decade of teaching experience, both English in China and Mandarin Chinese in the U.S. They are most passionate about using storytelling in their teaching practice – learning cultural stories, sharing our own personal stories, and collaboratively creating stories together. In addition, they love working on theatrical productions, and they have stage managed plays and musicals in educational, community, and professional theatre settings. Outside the classroom and the theater, River loves reading, fiber arts, and playing with their two dogs.


B.A. Second Language Teaching and Learning, Hampshire College


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Yesterday, our mini inventors went to the Boston Museum of Science to see real life inventions and creations. They dove into design processes to ultimately guide them in their creation of a product which they will be presenting tomorrow!

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This week our mini inventors will be focusing on coding and prototyping. Yesterday, students prototyped a lamp, and today, they did the same with a sound machine. Students then used human-centered design to understand how to improve the product for the user by interviewing classmates and staff. Friday, students will present to their classmates, staff, and families their chosen projects starting from their beginning sketches to their prototype to the final product.

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