Obviously, times have changed….even in this, the most rural county east of the Mississippi. Now we have the internet and satellite TV. But therein, is a deception. Our view of the world is shaped by the media we select to watch and not by our own experiences and interactions. Stereotypes abound when there is such a limited view.
In seven days, I will be leaving for two weeks in Russia, a travel and field experience component of a year-long professional development program, Teachers for Global Classrooms. This is a tremendous opportunity for me to explore connections. My students and colleagues helped me create presentations for Russian students and teachers. They are eager to share their messages and questions. I Skyped with my host teacher in Saratov, Russia, who shared the enthusiasm of her students and colleagues, as we planned activities for our time together. I am looking forward to this exciting time of collaboration as an opportunity to initiate global awareness and understanding among our school communities. Meanwhile, I better start packing!