Allie Ziegler: Final Reflection

Wow it’s crazy to think that it’s been two weeks since leaving India. It was such a weird feeling getting back into the swing of things at home. Upon reflection, I have realized how much this trip has really impacted my life. There are so many things that I look at from a different point of view. I constantly think about all the people I met along the way that helped make this journey so amazing. I miss them all greatly. Every person I came in contact with left such a great impact on me. I love talking about India and the experience I had there. Everyone has lots of questions. After talking to many people, I realized how much going to another country taught me. I have had so much fun coming home and bragging on my amazing students. My class 3B will always hold a special place in my heart. I often think about what they are doing and what they are learning. I wonder what they are having for lunch and who I would be sitting with. Something I’m really excited for is getting back into the classroom. The majority of my growth and learning that occurred throughout this journey was in the classroom. My final week in India was spent making lesson plans and executing them in a fourth grade classroom. After doing this, it made me really excited to teach more lessons. I feel so much more confident in my teaching and the ability to gain the students attention. I’m ready to put everything that I learned into to action and get back into the classroom. It will be amazing got take all the knowledge I gained those six weeks. I’m so excited to observe the difference that occur from the American classroom and the India classroom.

In India, I gained a new perspective on myself and a whole new perspective on education. I realized that school doesn’t have to be filled with tons of test and preparation for high school. I learned that elementary education should be filled with eager learners who aren’t pressured with grades and dead lines. In India, there’s were so many different ideas that me and my teacher exchanged. She pushed me to think outside of the box and had so many hands on ideas that I can’t wait to implement into my classroom. My teacher Juanita, that I observed for six weeks, totally transformed my philosophy of teaching. She would ask the students tons of questioned that lead them to form there own answers. She taught me the teaching isn’t just telling the students what they need to know, but rather leading them to find there own discoveries. She will be a huge influence in my teaching career for as long as I am a teacher. The impact that Vidyashilp Academy had on me is something that I will truly never forget. I miss the entire school family so much and wish them the best of lucky and continued blessings. This is Allie Ziegler signing off the final India blog.

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