1. National History Day at the University of Maryland. I had the opportunity to take 4 of the greatest students to compete at National History Day. I admire the intelligence, determination and attitudes of these wonderful ladies. Teaching young adults like this makes me so glad to be an educator.
2. The Korean War Memorial - This is my favorite memorial in DC. I love the concept, the reality of it and when you look at the faces of the individual soldiers, you see determination, anguish, pain, fear and love of country, all emotions that drive soldiers to do what they do. More than any other monument, this one really brings home to me the sacrifices of the individuals who made the life my family and I have today possible.
3. Free Speech in Action - This is a protest against BP Oil that took place in front of the White House Wednesday when we were there. The group was protesting the lack of response to the plight of the fishermen and shrimpers in the Gulf both from BP and the White House. There as also someone there (the man in the blue Mickey Mouse Sorcerer's Hat) ranting against President Obama in general. The kids were fascinated by the entire event. The media was there as well as several uniformed Secret Service officers. One of my students was even interviewed after the protest. It was a great opportunity for them to see the right to free speech in action.
4. Triceratops Skeleton at the Museum of Natural History - the triceratops is my very favorite dinosaur!
5. An unforgettable trip with my wonderful, not so little anymore, little boy.