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.