Through the Eyes of an Educator: A Compendium

by Stacey Ebert / Jun 23, 2022 /
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Through the Eyes of an Educator: A Compendium

The story behind my column, Through the Eyes of an Educator

Hi. I’m Stacey. I’m an empath, an optimist, a wanderer, and dreamer of big dreams. I grew up in New York, went to university in Boston, got bit by the travel bug in Israel, traveled the globe, have taught multiple levels of high school social studies for nearly 2 decades, and see the entire world as our classroom. 

I feel like my most authentic self when immersed in cultures and experiences. While my motto in life is to be a good human, the philosophy behind this column is that the educational benefits and life lessons of travel help us to uncover, to discover, and to become. 

In my actual classroom, we talked about travel, dreams, and experiences. We discussed cultural diffusion (spreading of ideas & beliefs), cultural diversity (differences in culture), and interdependence (how we’re all connected). We tossed around a stuffed globe to identify spots in the world, and discuss places we’d been and where we wished to go. Students got pen pals, some who are still connected today. Often, they didn’t know they were learning—they were just having fun. Sometimes, those times offer the best and most lasting lessons. Travel opens our eyes to more…and there is so much more. 

Since travel can mean a million things to each and every one of us, the aim of this column is to allow our senses to explode, our minds to open, and our eyes to see the world as if each person we meet can be our teacher and every experience we have can be a part of our wider classroom.

So, as you read through and enter the world in your own way, time, and experience, I hope you take the opportunity to glean those life lessons and seek your own ‘more’ through your eyes. 

 

Please click the photo below for a collection of my Through the Eyes of an Educator columns:

 Through the Eyes of an Educator: Finding Fun

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Changing Direction

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Transitions and Turning Points

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Creating Core Memories

Through the Eyes of an Educator: From Forward Movement to Giant Leaps

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Global Citizenship

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Surviving vs. Thriving

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Cultivating Compassion, Kindness, & Empathy

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Looking Back to Go Forward

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Practice & Discovery of Self-Care

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Join Things! (The Benefits of Extracurriculars)

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Back to School—Managing expectations

Through the Eyes of the Educator: Connections

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Cultivating Positive Energizers

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Art of Doing Versus Being

Water droplet. From Through the Eyes of an Educator: Your Impact Makes a Difference

Through the Eyes of an Educator–Reinvention: who will you be?

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Lessons in hope & patience–waiting for travel to return

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Changing of the Guard

Through the Eyes of an Educator: “Come Alive”

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Reflections and Gratitude in a Sea of Change

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Duties, Responsibilities, and Civic Action

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Finding footing amidst a shifting ground

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Cultivating understanding, patience, & compassion to navigate this school year

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Adaptability is a Superpower

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Vital Need for Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity

Through the Eyes of an Educator: 5 Actionable Steps for Re-Entry Amidst a Pandemic

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Educating Amidst the Trauma of Sustained Chaotic Turmoil

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Finding Ease Amidst the Chaos

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Simple Travel Joys

Through the Eyes of an Educator: What’s Not in the Books

Through the Eyes of an Educator: New Year–New Mindset

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Life lessons, resolutions, and growth

Through the eyes of an educator: Disasters, Deployment, and Development

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Alaska, the Last Frontier

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Mindfulness, Intention, and Self-Care

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Setting Travel Goals

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Journeying Forward

 Through the Eyes of an Educator: the Magic of Summer

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Next Generation of Wanderers

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Travel and Spring–a Symbiotic Relationship

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Moods, Changes, and Shifts–Oh My!

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Learning Continues

Through the Eyes of an Educator: How will you write the first page of this new year?

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Every ending is a new beginning

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Renewal of Autumn

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Empowering Wonder

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Beginning

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Expanding Our Idea of School

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Eyes Wide Open

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Nature’s Elements

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Hong Kong

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Intersection of Home and Travel

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Through the Eyes of an Educator: In Search of Adventure

Through the eyes of an educator: What if the classroom had no walls?

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Celebrating the Pauses In Between

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Touring Home

How to Summer: 40 Tips for a Curious, Engaged Summer

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Go Explore

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Water

Adventures in Camping

But I Never Realized I Was Learning Anything

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The World

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Montana

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Outback Australia

Through the Eyes of an Educator: India

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Rapid City, South Dakota

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Republic of The Maldives

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Bangkok, Thailand

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Portland and Beyond

For the Love of Road Trips

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Chicago, Illinois

Through the Eyes of an Educator: New York City, New York

Through the Eyes of an Educator: National Parks

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Through the Eyes of an Educator: The Beach

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Nashville, Tennessee

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Memphis, Tennessee

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Costa Rica

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Berlin

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Cairo, Egypt

Through the Eyes of an Educator: San Diego, California

Through the eyes of an educator: Zanzibar, Tanzania

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Cape Town, Republic of South Africa

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Prague, Czech Republic

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Poland (Krakow, Warsaw, & Auschwitz/Birkenau)

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Istanbul, Turkey

Through the Eyes of an Educator: London, England

Through the Eyes of an Educator: East African Safaris (Tanzania & Kenya)

Through the Eyes of an Educator: Melbourne, Australia

 

 

Stacey Ebert, our Educational Travels Editor, is a traveler at heart who met her Australian-born husband while on a trip in New Zealand. Stacey was an extracurricular advisor and taught history in a Long Island public high school for over fifteen years, enjoying both the formal and informal educational practices. After a one year 'round the world honeymoon, travel and its many gifts changed her perspective. She has since left the educational world to focus on writing and travel. She is energetic and enthusiastic about long term travel, finding what makes you happy and making the leap. In her spare time she is an event planner, yogi, dark chocolate lover, and spends as much time as possible with her toes in the sand.

Check out her website at thegiftoftravel.wordpress.com for more of her travel musings.