Today was the first day I was not jet-lagged and managed to attend all lectures without distraction. I was impressed by Professor Robinson’s lecture on the American Constitutional System. His presentation was characterized by academic rigor and all participants thanked him for his contribution to our understanding of this part of the American history.
Professor Laurie managed to catch everybody’s attention with a topic that interests every educator who inspires to have a clear idea of the main characteristics of the modern American citizen.
Ms. Diana Abril Navarro made an interactive presentation in which almost everyone was involved and contributed to the discussion. We explored ideas such as what a stereotype is, how we can avoid being judgemental and help our students build on their existing knowledge and experiences, while at the same time we exhibit tolerance and understanding as teachers.
When lectures and workshops were completed, we had a group discussion first with Ms. Diana Abril Navarro about the Community Service Activities we are about to complete on June 27 and later with Mr. Mark Protti about blog writing, as well as about the issues that were discussed at lunchtime with the group representatives.
I am persuaded that this is going to be a unique experience for each and every one of us. Everything seems to be perfectly organized and I believe that once we return back, we will be able to share our knowledge and experiences with our students, colleagues and the wider communities we belong to.
I wish to thank everybody who contributes to this program but also my 19 colleagues. The last five days I learned to appreciate people’s feelings, views, and new ideas, irrespectively of race, color, language and origins.
Kosmas Vlachos, June 20, 2018