As a student, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing something you’ve learned in school in the real world. So as a teacher, there’s nothing more exciting than witnessing your students experience that in real time. Karen A., a middle school social studies teacher from Boulder, Colorado, had this opportunity recently on her EF Explore America tour to New York City.
What made this class trip important for Karen was the incorporation of the United Nations into the itinerary. she approached her EF Travel Team to craft a trip that aligned with her goals for her sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Luckily, one of EF Explore America’s partners is none other than the United Nations Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to support the work of the United Nations.
Karen’s curriculum for the past 16 years has included an enormous, self-contained Model United Nations project. “[The project] is so engaging, and it’s so relevant in their lives,” she said. “They’re looking at real world issues. They love the debate and voting on each other’s resolutions. It’s just an exciting part of our curriculum that a lot of students connect with.”
So when the class trip she was promoting filled up overnight, Karen knew why. “So many families just wanted that connection to their learning. The best kind of learning happens when you’re experiencing and you’re immersed in it.”