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Arlis Groves

One might think that the very young are quite different than older folks. I propose that we are all the same in one major way... We love a good story, and the best stories come from real life. History is full of tantalizing, sorrowful, tragic, and wonderful stories. Most exciting of all is the fact that we are all writing our own stories at this very moment. The choices we make will affect others' stories, and in no time at all, we become the stories that will be told in the future. I have had the opportunity to travel the tiniest bit, and each time I visit a new-to-me place in the world, I feel as though I have been changed. Touched by the people I meet and their stories, I can't wait to share those stories with my students, my colleagues, my friend, and my family. If any of the discoveries I make along the way are useful to you as well, all the better.

I teach middle school history in California.  While my adventures are personally enriching, the element that makes them more meaningful is that I can turn them into those tantalizing, sorrowful, tragic, and wonderful stories that my students love.  My mission is to be a conduit of information and an inspiration. 

Learn about my previous study tours by checking out my other blog sites:

Alabama:  A Study of Liberty and Rights 2010 
Senegal 2010

My hope is that the adventure has only begun.

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TGC Teacher Blogs
Ghana - March 3-18, 2012
Morocco - March 17-31, 2012
Ukraine - April 14-28, 2012

Brazil - June 6-23, 2012
India - June 30-July 14, 2012
Indonesia - July 17-31, 2012