The following day I went to Fourth of July fireworks in my Berlin sweater. Although I was enjoying being back in the States, I kept on thinking about Germany. I missed my host family, my friends on the trip, and the overall culture. It was also very hard to get used to the time change coming back. I actually slept through most of the fireworks! In the following days I told all my friends and family about the trip and showed off pictures. Looking back on what I really learned from the trip, I find that it was more than I expected. The schools taught me a lot about classroom management. The students there listen well and respect their teachers. One item they used was a chime to get the attention of the class. I was amazed when it worked so well. I also learned more about play time in school. It's very important to allow students to play and take breaks. I found that when they did this they had a much easier time paying attention during a lesson.
I also learned that I have the ability to be completely independent. It sounds strange, however I had my doubts about how well I was going to be able to get around Germany. I found that it was very organized and I picked up on words and signs easily. i plan on going back to Europe in the near future and feel much more confident about transportation and safety while I'm there. Overall, the trip taught me a great deal about schooling and culture. I also made amazing friendships and memories to last a lifetime. If you're ever questioning yourself on doing an adventure like this...say yes! You'll be glad you did.