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


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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