I’ve been on a little adventure and away from the classroom. Taking time off is not entirely easy; the sub plans alone often propel teachers to just suck it up and go in. But I had signed up for a mini-trek to northwestern New Mexico over this equinox weekend and I’ve been out for a 4-day weekend. There were many wonderful aspects of this experience including: (1) Since being selected as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, I see the world differently and I see myself differently. Exploration is around every corner! (2) I didn’t think about school alot. (3) I slept out in the wild with the light of an almost full moon streaming into my little tent; I hiked and learned, shared and listened; I met people who immediately and permanently made me a better person; I explored the sheer beauty of my home state of New Mexico. Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area and Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO Heritage site are places I had been longing to explore.
I’m a little tired, but I am entirely happy. I’m a little nervous about heading back to school tomorrow, especially since we head out on our 8th grade trek on Wednesday. And I’m grateful for my own adventure and being able to share one, very soon, with my students. @natgeoeducation @cottonwoodgulch