|Visiting Calgary was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, and I'm so happy to have been able to share the experience with not just a group of incredible future teachers, but also friends. The trip was a lot better than I could've hoped, and the schools we visited and culture we engaged in let me get a feel for the lay of the land in Calgary and Canada as a whole.
Culturally, Calgary is not far from the US, but the subtle differences made them all the more noticeable. Everyone is incredibly polite, and also incredibly patriotic. The sincerity in Canadians' patriotism surprised and impressed me. Language wise, the official two-languages of Canada were on full blast. I heard many people speaking French, but I also heard a myriad of other languages, particularly Asian languages.
The trip also gave me a more global look at education. Canada's schools are definitely more progressive and, in my opinion, effective than American (particularly Mississippi) schools. Hopefully I can use some of their practices in my own classrooms, and maybe some of the future teachers on this trip will grow to be great influences on educational policy making in the US.