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Global Education May 23, 2010

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Walking in the city center of Tallinn last night we heard so many different languages. The couple across from us at dinner was French; my friend distinguished Russian from Estonian or Finnish in a shop where we bought post cards; I heard German and a couple languages with which neither of us were familiar, and a Japanese tour arrived in our hotel later when I was sitting in the lobby. The richness of culture is all around us, and I wonder about the unilingual, inexperienced American youth and how we can truly help them become globally aware, connected, and responsible if we remain so disconnected from the rest of the world. What is happening in American schools? How can we share the information?

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Arrival Disappointment May 17, 2010

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Ah, the joys of international travel. We have arrived in Finland but without luggage. I had hoped to blog about a school by the end of today but we were up most of the night between the airport and a 2 1/2 hour bus ride to Tampere.

Reconneting and Flying Out! May 13, 2010

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Am I smarter than a fifth grader?  I am not so sure anymore!  And I spent 7 years in fifth grade–only one as an 10-11 year old.  I almost said only one as a student, but I have been a student all my life and I realize those years I spent in 5th grade taught me more than the kids learned.  Today the Van Meter students presented to the State School Board and I realized I had started this blog in January when they presented to the legislature and then never returned.  When I consider what they have done since then, I am shamed.  I can also say I have seen growth in the students who came today–more confident, more prepared,–granted they ahve done the presentation a few times now, but not having seen them for several months means I can see what those who see them every day may not–growth!

And here I am ready to fly to Finland tomorrow.  I hope to visit 2 to 4 schools while I am there.  I will then have something to write about. 

So why is it that adults think we have to have “something to write about” in order to blog, but students just blog? 

I hope you enjoy our trip to Finland and beyond.  I may even take you north of the Arctic Circle.

Sandra