This summer has been BUSY!!! I kind of had imagined it would be, but I also slightly miss waking up and coming up with a million things I want to do.
So. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
Lots of classes for me this summer. Many people may not know this about me but I’m a bit of a perfectionist. So when I get assignments and they have lots of reading, writing, etc. and I did that [ok and I did 90% of the readings, ha ha] and don’t get a perfect grade, I get frustrated. Which means more reading, more time, etc. For some reason a couple of the classes I’m in this semester I am struggling to find a groove and the topics just aren’t my favorite. BUT! I keep working and honestly these classes are what are taking up a lot of my time.
North Carolina Islamic Seminar:
This was AMAZING! About the second to last week of school we got an email about a week long seminar (all expenses paid) for teachers to go to North Carolina and learn about Islam and the history of the Middle East. So I mustered up all the energy I had left (which was about .05% of a full tank) and filled out the application. I really didn’t think I’d get in but… I DID!! #tendermercy
It was an incredible experience. We spent the entire week at Duke University learning from incredible professors. In particluar, Omid Safi who is incredibly intelligent and an amazing teacher, taught most of the course and I gained so much from his teaching. [Here is his website if you are interested.] . We got a bunch of free books on Islam and the Middle East, ate Middle Eastern food for every meal [which is not as great on the stomach as it may first sound…ha ha], learned different ways to implement this into our classroom. Oh, and most importantly I made some really great friends. I really think teachers are the greatest and kindest people.
So after that amazing week I feel reinvigorated about teaching and have some great things to put into my classroom. I also checked off North Carolina from my bucket list which I was excited to do! We didn’t really get to see much of the sites because we were learning from 8 AM to 8 PM [literally], but I still had a great time. I even did a little run around Duke’s campus. Overall, it was a great experience and I had an amazing time.
Here’s a cool video of us doing our thing that summarizes our experiences. And don’t worry, yours truly is in there for a solid 2 seconds.
5 Years of Marriage: