I am currently writing my book, but have been struggling with the title for sometime now….until recently.
I have been trying to distanced myself from ‘what I do’ and the evolution of my own career as a teacher to see my writing with new insight. I no longer teach 150 students a day within the walls of my classroom, but travel the world with one inquisitive tot in tow who experiences the world with the eyes of a veteran traveler.
The truth is… I love my job and opportunities of learning that happens during travel and that is why I started writing this book. Being a former public school teacher, travel education has forced me to break away from the traditional, fixed model of the four-walled-classroom and embrace knowledge uniquely gained through experience. Instead of teaching from books in a fixed position, I now find myself on the beach in the Seychelles learning about the reproductive cycle of sea turtles hand in hand with my student.
Then it hit me….I have simply extended the model of a school field trip. As a travel teacher, I am fortunate enough to have the world as my classroom and extend learning beyond the borders of the classroom. Through Charles’ untraditional and mobile lifestyle, I have witnessed the advantages of a traveling, ever-changing ‘classroom.’ I have left my chalk, overhead, and bulky textbooks behind and embraced the idea of an ultimate field trip.
And, thus, my title was born: Layovers, Laptops and Little Ones: The Ultimate Field Trip
Hooray for personal epiphanies!