The whole reason I'm going to Mali and Senegal is for field work and research towards a curriculum unit that I will eventually use in my classroom.
Although I enjoy my job, the nature of this job can make a person feel down. It's hard to see my students say that they can't wait to be rap stars (when they cannot write), NBA or NFL players (when they are ineligible), doctors and lawyers (when they read at a fifth grade level). Am I saying that I am a dream crusher and I shoot down their lofty goals? Nope. I'm saying that it is difficult to watch these kids go through a system that is constantly failing them.
Question: What am I going to do with that one hour of time that I get every day?
Answer: Teach them the reality of our world and their lives and try to give them the motivation to empower themselves to challenge that reality.
Call me idealistic... I like it.Next up: The research