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Teacher Travel 2.0

I recently returned from a trip to Paris for the TESOL France Colloquium for a poster presentation on my cross-cultural blogging project, and I had an extra day on the end of my trip.  The trip required that I miss a few classes in my teaching schedule, but I decided that it was also an opportunity to involve my blogging students in my travels.  Instead of cancelling their class on Monday morning, I decided to do the lesson via Skype. I woke up early and initiated a chat with them from my hotel at 5 AM on Monday (1 PM Japan time). I talked with them about the lesson, and gave them the task of researching Paris and writing a post on their personal blogs with the following prompt:

“If I had one day in Paris, I would…”

90 minutes later I had a pile of blog posts to sift through, and over breakfast I planned my day using their suggestions. I used my camera and my iPhone to document the day, and the following video is the result.

Thoughts?

If teachers must travel for conferences, why not involve the students? Why not give them an opportunity to share in the experience?

My students often pester me for souvenirs from my trips, but there is simply no way that I can bring back gifts for all of them. Why not allow them to take part in your travels instead?

How else could you involve your students in your conference travels?

3 Comments

  1. Brad Patterson wrote:

    Great idea, Steve ! In the metro reading yr post n cant see the vid, but look forward 2 seeing what your students cooked up for you !

    Cheers, Brad

    Friday, November 11, 2011 at 12:49 am | Permalink
  2. Marisa Pavan wrote:

    Hello Stephen,

    I’m an ESL teacher and a translator from Argentina. I read your post following Brad’s recommendation. I really like your idea. It’s a way of involving your students in your experience. I imagine how much they enjoyed watching your video.
    I’ve been in Paris once and your video was a wonderful way of recalling my amazing trip.
    Regards,
    Marisa

    Friday, November 11, 2011 at 4:22 am | Permalink
  3. Canada Goose wrote:

    I’m an ESL teacher and a translator from Argentina. I read your post following Brad’s recommendation. I really like your idea. It’s a way of involving your students in your experience. I imagine how much they enjoyed watching your video.
    I’ve been in Paris

    Monday, December 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink