Tomorrow marks the first day of the new school year for my students, and for me, it marks the absolute end of my summer vacation. Back to reality. Not that I can complain, but, if I had it my way, my journey through Africa would have continued for at least a few more weeks, if not longer. However, with an empty wallet and a heavy heart, I boarded the plane bound for New York, and left Africa in body, not mind, on August 24th.
Since then, I have been living the trip over through my pictures and telling of stories, while planning my next trip across the globe. But, reality hits tomorrow, as my life as a teacher, instead of traveler, begins yet again for the sixth year of my life. In order to cope with this transition, I’ve decided to start the year off with a little getting to know you video. To introduce myself to my students, I’ve decided there’s no better way then to show them a little recap of what I did with my summer vacation, and who I am outside of the classroom. Then, like every year, I plan to use what I learned through my travels, to open their eyes to the world outside of their own.
I know that this year, I have a lot more to share with my classes than usual, and I hope that I can help them grow, not just as language arts students, but as human beings. And, just as everything in Africa changed me for the best, I hope that I can influence them in a positive way.
As sad as I am that the best summer of my life is quickly coming to an end, I absolutely cannot wait to see what exactly the autumn has in store.