As I type this I will be heading to Buffalo State in a little under 5 hours to start our journey to travel to Germany. I still need to start packing but I will do that shortly.. procrastination at its finest. The only emotion I feel right now is excitement. I am so excited and so so blessed to be able to have this experience. Not only am I going to be traveling throughout Germany and go to a German school, I am hopefully going to meet up with relatives in Munich. I feel so honored to be able to go to the country where my ancestors are from and be able to experience a German lifestyle. I am excited to go into my classroom and teach them about Niagara Falls/Buffalo. I have pictures of myself at our home teams games; the Buffalo Bills and The Sabres and pictures of the slow roll that my dad and I love to do on Mondays. I also have a picture of Niagara Falls and shark girl because I feel these are some things that tourist and even people who live here like to see.
The past few weeks I have been spending time with family, friends, and of course my cats. I will miss them dearly but this is going to be an experience of a lifetime and I cannot wait to reflect on this journey and see all the positive growth it will have on me. I will be in Berlin tomorrow and I am just so excited to see everything it has to offer. I should probably start packing, until my next blog...Auf Wiedersehen <3
I know this picture is a little embarrassing, but like they say a picture is worth a thousand words. My oma decided to put me in a dirndl because my family is from Germany and some still reside there today. I remember being a little girl and always asking my oma to put on the German music and still do today when we're on the way to camp. When I saw this opportunity I applied because I want to be able to experience the culture my great grandfather grew up in and my oma often reflects on. While in Germany, I hope to be able to visit my great grandfather's house and my family who still live in it; they live in Roden.
Besides wanting to be able to experience life how my ancestors lived, I'm doing this to help me become a well-rounded teacher. Being able to experience life in Germany and knowing barely any of the language, I will be able to relate to English Language Learners. I will understand their struggle and as an educator next year be able to use this experience to help these students that I will have in my class. I also am very interested in the Waldorf teaching style and I am excited to be able to firsthand experience this pedagogy and apply it in my future classroom.
The world is full of learning experiences and I cannot wait to be able to learn more about myself and life on this adventure to Germany.