This summer I spent three weeks traveling and learning in East Africa. My goal was to bring back newly gained knowledge and insight to the 6th grade curriculum, where we study Africa throughout the entire school year. I had the opportunity to travel with high school students from Washington, DC, spending one week in Tanzania and two weeks in Rwanda. The goals of the trip were to learn, listen, and collect stories so that we can have a better understanding of the diverse continent.
Something that the 6th grade team has struggled with in teaching our African curriculum is that we have been "outsiders": three white Americans. We have done our best to deliver an authentic experience for our students, and although this trip could never make me an insider, it provided first-hand knowledge that will better equip me to teach our Africa curriculum.
I had countless opportunities to learn from native people, whom I interviewed about their country, life, and history.