No. 24 – Little English Teachers

They say the best way to truly appreciate something is to do it yourself. Clearly this applies to the art of teaching. Walking a couple days in a teacher’s shoes may not have given our daughters a true understanding of what it takes to teach, but it definitely helped them understand what a challenging job it is.
With our housemate, Reagan, volunteering at Destiny Academy as an English teacher, she arranged for our girls to come help her a couple days. The girls played an active role in the classes, helping to lead the first and second grade students through various games and activities aimed at improving their English skills. As with every classroom, there were times when it was difficult to get the students to settle down and listen. I think the girls had some realizations about what their teachers used to go through in their classrooms back at Normal Park Elementary in Chattanooga. At one point Emily sternly shouted, “Guys, you need to listen or you won’t know what’s going on!” and then got a slight look of surprise on her face. I think she had one of those ah-ha moments I’ve had when I hear myself saying something my own parents said to me. That oh-my-gosh-now-I-get-it kind of look.
Emily teaching at Destiny School
Eager students at Destiny Academy
Of course, as always, this service project wasn’t all work and no play. The girls joined in with the kids as well, playing some games in class, watching a competitive pick-up soccer game, and learning those slap-clap hand games I loved as a kid.
Emily at Destiny School

“I didn’t realize teaching was so hard,” Emily said after one of her days at Destiny Academy. “I’m exhausted!” The students were sweet, fun and eager to learn, but I think they taught our girls a new appreciation for those special people who enter the teaching profession.

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Tracey Carisch

Mom, wife, friend and change agent traveling the world with my family to learn our place in it. After spending a career in organizational change management and community initiative implementation, I put my career on hold for our family's trip around the world. In April of 2014 we sold almost everything we own, put the rest in a storage container, and departed on this journey. While my husband continued his software development work to financially support our trip, I planned and documented our adventure, homeschooled our three daughters, and found volunteer work opportunities for us to do in the communities we visit. Now that we've returned to the U.S., I'm completing book about our family's adventure and our lessons learned.

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