Conversely, I would consider myself an adventurous professional. When it comes to teaching, I am fascinated by possibilities and I don't hesitate to bring new ideas into my classroom - especially if I think it's what's good for kids. Introducing 20% Time, going mostly paperless, digital storytelling - being adventurous is essential to my effectiveness as an educator. And now, I am honored to take that adventurous professional spirit abroad as the 2014 California Teachers of the Year travel to Japan!
I'll be honest. When I first found out we'd be visiting Japan, I was 98% excited and 2% scared...or maybe 2% excited and 98% scared. (Thanks for that line, Owen Wilson.) So, this immediately became my mantra:
After facilitating a week of professional development on digital storytelling for PSUSD, I hurriedly packed my bags to meet Linda Horist, Michael Hayden, and Tim Smith at LAX to catch our flight. We are grateful to the Japanese Travel Bureau for providing such an amazing opportunity to visit beautiful Japan to meet its students and teachers over the next few days.
Today, we will visit several schools and meet our home stay families. I am very much looking forward to interacting with Japanese students!
Sayonara! Ki wo tsukete!