Posted by: inclementnashville | February 7, 2009

Travel in Education

Spanish Paella

Spanish Paella

I am a history and geography teacher.  I honestly can say that I love my job, I love my students, and I love my subject.  I teach in a private Christian school that allows me to be who I am in Christ, while supporting me in personal explorations. With that being said, over the past year and a half I have been able to explore the idea of travel in my job.

A few months ago I posted a story about taking a group of my students to Quebec, I’ve taken kids on a road trip chronicling the Civil Rights Movement, in March will lead a group to Prague, Czech Republic, and in April a trip to St. Louis, Missouri.  Nevertheless, I frequently incorporate my loves into my teaching, and today was no different.

My middle school geography class is one of the classes where I can definitely do this.  If you have read my blog before you know I am a big fan of Rick Steves and every week I am able to show them one of his episodes as part of their geographical and cultural exposure to other nations.  I have also shown personal pictures and have experimented with Google Earth with this group as well.

Today in my middle school geography class was the culmination of a month and a half long study on Western Europe.  We examined Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, and Italy.  So yes, finishing a unit of that magnitude was something of a celebratory manner.

As part of the celebration the students each chose a country on which to do a small research project.  They were to make a cultural dish from their chosen nation, write a small report on the nation and dish, and bring it in for everyone to try.  I must say, I was proud of them.  Students both wealthy and poor, high marks and low, participated to the fullest.

Of the participants, two students stood out the most.  One student is, or at least will be, as interested in travel as I.  His nation was Spain, and he brought in a paella that was colorful and delicious.  So enthused, it was very difficult to keep him in his seat before he presented.

The other has a much more subdued personality and is more modest about his accomplishments.  His nation was Iceland, and he brought in a traditional blueberry pudding.  The pudding was made of blueberries, apples, wafers, cream, butter, and sugar.  It was GREAT!

Overall, I am very proud of these students, and it is fun to see them experience what little they can of foreign cultures at such an early age.

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Responses

  1. Hello history teacher;
    Accidently stumbled across your site while surfing the web for spanish paella. I found it interesting. Many years ago, I had a history teacher who was also interested in taking his students across europe during summer vacation. I signed up, but unfotunatlly the tour never materlized.
    However his enthuiasm sparked my interest, and a few years later I struck out on my own with a friend to explore the old world. I returned a year later and a lot poorer, but the experience was overwhelming…I started out with the aid of a guide book (on 5 dollars a day) but eventually ended up doing it on my own.
    Anyway, I liked your blog and keep up the good work…your students will love you for it.

    Excuse my spelling,
    B.Moore,
    Vancouver,Canada

  2. Hi, great Paella Picture. The Safran is very shiny, looks like a typical Costa Blanca Paella.


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