Before the Journey: Goals for my Experience

What I hope to accomplish and learn in this next month, personal and educational goals.

Over the next month, I have the opportunity to co-teach in a year 1-2 classroom in Cottenham Primary School in Cambridge, England. I will be fully immersed in the classroom, 5 days out of the week, and co-teaching with a teacher from a year 1-2 classroom. I am beyond excited to have this opportunity to learn from other, experienced educators that will be extremely helpful in my growth as a future educator. There is so much to learn from other teachers and classrooms, and with it being in a completely different culture than I am used to, I will be able to observe the cultural differences between American classrooms and English classrooms!

Below are my goals that I will keep in mind throughout the journey:

Educational Goal #1: Talk to EVERYONE.
I want to take advantage of all the the experienced, amazing educators around me and learn from their wisdom. I also want to make sure I get to know all of the other students in the program and listen to their experiences in the classroom that could help me as well. Lastly, I want to make connections and get to know my students as much as I can in the next four weeks. This is a goal for every teacher in every circumstance, but here it is especially important because my time with them is very limited and I want to get the most out of my time here.

Educational Goal #2: Write it down and REFLECT
I have never been huge on journaling until I started traveling, however as I’ve learned that memories can quickly fade, I have learned how important it is to capture the special moments to cherish them forever. This can be in the form of writing, jotted notes, or pictures; as long as I am able to capture these moments, reflect and connect them to my experiences as a pre-service teacher!

Personal Goal #1: Go out of your comfort zone.
If there is one thing I have learned from traveling, is that you have to take advantage of every opportunity as it comes and do not second guess things. That means, climbing up a 75 ft. rope inside a cave in Asia, or swimming in a river of freezing glacier water, or climbing to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro–if you have the chance, you have to do it. My grandma always says, “Do everything, and do everything twice.” To make the best memories, you have to step out of your comfort zone and try things you wouldn’t normally do.

Personal Goal #2: Don’t be afraid to be on your own.
From freshman year, my friend, Cassidy, and I have been dreaming about doing the Cambridge Schools Experience together. And here we are! Three years later, after having all the same classes together, we are studying in Cambridge together just as we planned. As excited I am to share this experience with her, I want to make sure we are not always attached at the hip. I want to make sure each of us has time on our own to take everything in and make this journey our own. There is nothing better than doing life with a good friend, but it is also important to spend time on yourself, especially while in a new, exciting place.

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