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I have been fortunate to be able to travel to many places in the world. We like to travel and see different parts of the world. Some countries we go back to and others, it’s a new adventure.
But, the common thread I find in th various places, towns, on airplanes and in cities, are that young children are mostly the same in curiosity level. They want to know who you are, where you come from.
For instance, walking down a street in a Panamanian village, kids as well as adults, looked upon us gringos with our nap sacks peaking into stores. In Colombia, it was clear that we were outcasts in a Festival de Diablos (Festival of the Devils) and the young kids came and threw lots of flour on us to turn us white to be the same. (I wasn’t sure why we got pelted – maybe because I was going after the kids and they kept coming at me, laughing! Plus I don’t know how much whiter we could get!😊)
Then there are the times we went to the carpet shops. That wasn’t fun – chil labor at its best in Egypt. This is when an educator has a difficult time seeing these big eyes look at you saying, “Please take me away.” (How do you change that culture? They take young kids to weave the rugs because they have small, thin fingers. Talk about something out of a Dickens Tale of Two Citirs!
But, as always, it strikes me that kids are the same. They want to learn, they want to dream, they want to be curious, they want to be creative. Let’s pave these opportunities in our schools and classrooms and let our kids be curious and creative! We need to do that, so let get going.
So, I am a member of the #compelledtribe, a bunch of great educators writing and sharing out thought input education, teaching, learning and sharing our passion for and about kids!
I have to admit, I have been slacking lately writing on this blog, so I am taking the time now as I wait for my delayed flight in Panama back to Newark to share my assignment, my goals for 2016. (This is my second time writing this thank you 3G Panama!). So, here it goes on my handy dandy iPhone: (These are in no particular order.)
- Continue to watch my health and be more active with exercise! ( I am 7 years in remission breast cancer survivor! Yay me!)
- Write more on this blog!
- Be the best educator, I can be!
- Not stress about things.
- Be there for my husband and family and not let the work consume me!
And that is it. If I can stay true to these 5 things, I will be content!
Happy New Year! Let’s make 2016 the best! 😘