Charles Ames Fischer

Teacher Author Consultant Mentor

About Me

Teaching and learning for me do not begin and end at certain hours of the day or specific times of the year—they permeate my life. From traveling to Ghana and learning about Ashanti history, to teaching Arabic literature, I am always questing for new experiences. Learning and teaching are inseparable for me. When I teach writing, for example, I do so from a writer’s perspective. When I teach photography, I do so from a photographer's perspective. I model assignments along with my students in order to guide them through the entire process, from planning to publishing. Read some of my poetry here. See some of my photography here.
I have been working with students ever since I was a senior in high school in 1988 when I volunteered in a Kindergarten classroom. Since then, I have worked with a variety of students in numerous settings, including: gifted & talented students at College Academy and M.A.G.I.C., special needs students at Camp Northwood, rural students in Maine, inner-city students in Atlanta, and public and private school students in Massachusetts. I worked for 11 years at Sparhawk School, where I taught math, social studies, language arts, Socratic Seminar, and numerous elective classes to students in grades 4-12; mentored numerous teachers; was the Middle School Director for many years; and even served as Acting Headmaster for five months. See a sampling of classes I have taught here. I currently teach at Aspen Academy in Greenwood Village, CO.
My most recent article, which was on teaching creative writing, was published in the fall 2010 issue of Independent Teacher and can be seen on the NAIS website here. I have published articles on Naturalist Teaching, Project-Based Learning, Socratic Method and Teaching Humanities for EBSCOnotes Online Database. I have also published poetry in several collections, including the Greater Haverhill Poets' collection entitled Pen and Brush. I am currently working on a teen novel about mathematics and a professional book about facilitating Socratic Seminars and dialogue in the classroom.
Professional Growth
I recently was a coach for the Great Books Foundation. I am a nationally certified Time To Teach! trainer. Besides attending numerous teacher workshops, I have participated in four international conferences in Israel: a 14-day Creativity Seminar, a 7-day Teamwork Seminar, a 7-day Leadership Seminar and an 8-day "First Steps" Early Childhood Education Seminar. In addition, I was specially selected to attend a 2-week Dar al-Islam Institute on Understanding and Teaching About Islam; a year-long Teachers as Writers Fellowship to work on a Socratic Seminar book; and a 4-week National Endowment for the Humanities Arabic Novel in Translation seminar at the University of Pennsylvania.
M.S.Ed. University of Southern Maine (Teaching & Learning-Secondary English)
B.A. Binghamton University (English Literature & Creative Writing)
        American University in Cairo (Semester Abroad-History) 

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” ~ e.e. cummings