Continuing Scholars Award: Berlin and Prague: Past Legacy, Future Promise

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Geiger and Camelio on the dome of the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany

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Visiting the Berlin Wall in Germany.

High School teachers Lauren Geiger and Amanda Camelio traveled to Germany and the Czech Republic in the summer of 2014 on a Continuing Scholars Award from the Arlington Education Foundation.  Their travel study trip was “Berlin and Prague: Past Legacy, Future Promise” through Framingham State University’s Center for Global Education.

Amanda Camelio, Arlington High School History:

“As a European history teacher, this trip had a tremendous impact on my teaching.  We visited Dachau, a concentration camp outside Munich, and I got lots of images and information that I can share with my students during the Holocaust unit.  We also took tours of Prague and Berlin that centered around the communist era.  I was able to purchase some postcards and other paraphernalia from the communist era and get some amazing pictures of important historical sites like the Berlin Wall, which I will use when we discuss the Cold War in class.  We also visited the Reichstag, the Parliament building in Berlin and I got a lot of great brochures and information about the German government as well as the European Union, which I can use for our Modern Europe unit.  The trip was really great and we appreciate AEF’s financial help!”

Lauren Geiger, Arlington High School English (grades 10-12):

“I used tidbits and firsthand information in my classes a half dozen times in the first month after my trip!  I teach English (10th, 11th, and 12th grades) so a lot of the information I have been bringing up are cultural reference points that coincide with particular topics we’re discussing.  For instance, my seniors and I were recently discussing the modern citizen’s responsibility to revere past events (specifically in reference to the Holocaust) and I was able to describe Berlin to them – how the city completely rebuilt everything to appear as if no bombings ever took place and how there are very few, overt references to the events of the Holocaust.  I have been able to show them a few examples here and there of things I never would have personally known about had it not been for this trip.  I’ve really been able to bolster my curriculum with pertinent, current, and interesting extras!”

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