By: Anastasia Gruper
As I try to plan for what literacy knowledge to share in Zambia, I am humbled when Kalan tells me I will not be able to target my instruction until I know my students. Kalan and Mal have the advantage of background knowledge to draw upon while planning and sharing ideas. The excitement in their eyes intensifies my desire to get to Zambia as a new adventure calls my name. As Kalan and Mal have expressed, the experiences Ann, Mariann, Kalan, Mal, and I will share will far surpass anything we teach. With an anxious stomach, the days of departure dwindle as the yearning to learn from others grows. Incredible support, such as donations, well wishes, and conversations, from colleagues and loved ones creates a feeling of gratitude. This trip would not be possible for me without the generosity from so many. For this, I am truly thankful.
And you will do a fantastic job. The fear is in large part due to the fact that you want to do the best you can for the students you will work with. You care. And through that caring, those kids will be in incredibly capable hands. My best to all of you on your journey. I can’t wait to read and hear about what you’ve learned along the way.