This heart of mine was made to travel. Travelers are passionate people and I am passionate about my life, my family, my travels, and my career. Besides all of my formal education and degrees I travel to learn. I travel often and as much as I can. It is the activity that brings me the most happiness in life and I learn the most from my travels. I have an abundance of energy at most times of the day and I thrive on new experiences and unknown places. I see the world in a wonderful way and get excited about every new encounter. I am the type of person who hears about some crazy adventure or some strange activity that people are doing in a country and my first reaction is OMG that is awesome! I want to do that- how can I do that? And usually I find a way to do it. I do not quite understand people who do not own a passport because I am obsessed with my passport. It’s not that I think traveling makes me better than anyone, but I do not understand how people do not want to experience this beautiful world. I caught the travel bug early in life and now I hope I can infect as many people as possible with it!
When I think back on my adventures around the world my greatest adventure seems to take place daily in room 206. That is my classroom and has been for fourteen years. I love being a teacher and I love the feeling of walking into my classroom everyday. Each day I plan a lesson that I hope will make my students happy and they will enjoy learning and on most days they seem satisfied if not excited. Enthusiasm is contagious and anything I teach that can be connected to travel builds on my enthusiasm for the subject matter and that helps to make my energy and teaching infectious. Traveling around the world has taught me so much and any of that knowledge that I share with my students helps to inspire them to want to see the world. I always use materials from my travels to teach and I especially love showing my classes pictures of the places I visit. I get even more enthralled when my students have traveled and tell me about the places they have visited. I love to see their pictures and hear their stories along with being jealous of them if it is a destination I have yet to visit myself. You should want to make your life a story worth telling and I have a lot of stories to tell. My students always seem to like when I tell them funny stories that connect to what we are learning about and they love it even more if I get sidetracked or off topic while telling a story. What makes the stories even better is when I start laughing so hard I cry and can’t get my words out without gasping for air. Those are the days in room 206 that have the greatest sense of adventure.
This past week I finished teaching a unit on Rome and my students took a “faux” fieldtrip to Rome. We spent time researching in the library and learning about a variety of sights that I have fortunately seen many times in person in Rome. Rome is one of the most exciting cities in the world for a variety of reasons. The art, architecture, people, food, language and overall feeling are impressive. Every detail of the city has an unforgettable story and the best way to learn history is to experience it. I have traveled with students to Rome on three different tours and if I had it my way I would take them every time I teach the unit. Since that is not an option we have to find an alternative method and we used the Internet, library books and a great deal of imagination to make pretend we were visiting the actual city of Rome. Some of the sights we visited as a class included the Pantheon, Roman Forum, Trajan’s Market, Colosseum, Baths of Caracalla, Baths of Diocletian, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, and the Catacombs. The enthusiasm I felt in my classroom this week was phenomenal! My smile could not have been any bigger as I listened to my students share their stories about visiting Rome. Each presentation made me wish I there! I even told my classes that they should not be nervous if I was absent from class on Monday because I might just fly to Rome for the weekend!