In October, I approached my friends and colleagues, Jess and Sarah, with a pretty crazy idea. What if we went to Finland this summer to watch the teachers there?
I had read so many articles about the success of schools in Finland. If you haven’t heard about the amazing school system there, check out this article and this one. I was so amazed by everything I was reading and knew I wanted to experience it. Thus began our research into a grant.
After months of research and help from my cousin (who went to Germany on a grant last summer) and our district technology coach/fellow slicer, Colin, we came up with a plan. We would spend a week in Finland visiting two schools and meeting with one educational expert. Then, we would travel to the innovative Steve Jobs School in Amsterdam. I arranged the visits, planned our budget, researched flights, and spent countless hours planning the trip.
We spent hours and days writing the grant. We checked it over so many times. And tomorrow, we will find out. If we get it, it will be an experience of a lifetime. It has the potential to completely change me as a teacher. If we don’t get it, we will be left disappointed and feeling like all our time and energy was a waste.
We have been waiting for months and now the news is finally here. We spent much of our morning texting each other, excited/worried/ready.
“Did you look up the latest flights?”
“What time do you think we will get the email?”
“Why do you think they would reject it? Or do you think it’s good?”
I’m so anxious for tomorrow, but hoping for the best. I’m ready to experience the amazing educational culture Finland and The Steve Jobs School. Hopefully, I will be able to!