The Highlight of my Gap Year:

On really bad days when I wonder what in the world I am doing with my life and start to have doubts about this gap year thing, I remember my geography students and can’t help but smile again. 
This month we celebrated the Middle East. I learned so much and was impressed by the quality of each of my student’s presentations. It was definitely the best class yet. 
We also had an authentic Middle Eastern meal entirely catered by me and my students.

I GOT DOLMAS! My favorite food ever. Shhhh… I secretly consider their food as my payment for the class : )

After they had shared their presentations, boards, games, food, and crafts, I hosted a trivia game for our next unit on Northern Africa and a boys vs. girls kiffiyeh tying contest. The girls won:

Let me tell you, those kids know how to win my heart and make my day. After one of my last classes one little girl came up to me to notify me that she was having the best day ever. After this past class, one of my younger students marched up to me triumphantly and declared:

“I have my own geography class.”
“What?” I was quite obviously confused. “You have two geography classes?”
“Yup! I made my own for my sisters.”

He proceeded to explain to me how he had developed his own class as a game and assigned his younger siblings countries just the way I did. His sister little sister piped up,

“Yeah, he gave me Sudan.”

“Yes and I gave myself Egypt!” he added, quite proud of himself.

So apparently my students mimic my class during the month between celebration meetings. That was pretty much the best compliment I’ve ever recieved in my entire life. I think I want to be a teacher forever.

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

5 thoughts on “The Highlight of my Gap Year:”

  1. Aww, that's amazing and perfect and must be the most rewarding feeling ever!! We used to go to kind of like youth groups (but different) were we did this sort of thing! And our old church used to have multicultural nights were everyone dressed up and we ate awesome food from different countries. Omg, those were the days! LOVED that. I have an infatuation with travel.


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