There are so many great things about travel and I plan to address some of them in the next three or four posts. The first one is about shared experiences. Dr. Chester Tejada was my partner in Guelmim and our host teacher was Mohamed Bettaoui. Both of these guys were so great to hang out with during our visit and made the experience so much richer. While we all have different backgrounds and we teach different things, we all had common characteristics: a passion for teaching, a love for students, finding new ways to present lessons, a curiosity of cultures, and a huge respect for what each person brings to the table. Everyone was willing to try new things and collaborate.
The people I met through TGC are truly Global Innovators. Regardless of discipline, they are trying things in their classrooms to bring students all over the world together. I felt like I was in a Global Teacher Petri Dish! People are bringing instructional strategies that they are doing in their classroom. Teachers are talking about challenges they face and stories of success. It was really a special time. Talking to teachers who have the same passion for Global Education as I do may have truly been the highlight of my trip but you are starting to figure out already that their are a lot of highlights here.
Overall, I have expanded my Professional Learning Network (PLN) further than I ever could have imagined with new colleagues in Morocco and with colleagues throughout the United States. What a great experience to be in Morocco with passionate educators.