When I was presented with the opportunity to study abroad in Stuttgart, Germany it was an opportunity that I couldn't let pass me by. My late grandfather who I was extremely close to was from Stuttgart and it is rumored that his family's farm is still active there. My grandfather was always so passionate when talking about his German customs, and was so proud to be from Stuttgart. When I found out that this opportunity was located in Stuttgart, I knew it was meant to be, and that it was something I needed to do for myself and for my grandfather.
The benefits of studying abroad are endless, but I am most excited to learn more about German customs and traditions. I have never been abroad, so I have so much to learn. I look forward to submerging myself into the culture, and taking on new traditions and learning more about what it is that my Papa loved so much.
I also look forward greatly to bettering myself as a future educator. I look forward to being able to compare and contrast the school system in Germany to what I have experienced here in New York, and potentially bringing back ideas and strategies to apply in my own classroom.
I hope to learn more about myself through this process, and discover some of my strengths and weaknesses. I believe that this opportunity will challenge me in a multitude of ways; academically as well as emotionally and I am excited to explore those challenges.
While abroad, I will be looking into classroom management in the German classroom. I will specifically be looking at how rules and procedures are implemented in the classroom, and how that implementation has an affect on the students.
Through these six weeks, I look forward to sharing my experiences, challenges, and findings with you.