If you don’t know of her already, you really should meet Sue Wyatt.
She is a true pioneer in educational blogging and building global connections.
Sue, maybe better recognized by her display name of Miss W or @tasteach on twitter, is well known by thousands of students and educators from around the globe that participate in her twice yearly Student Blogging Challenges.
She works ridiculously hard organizing tasks, managing helpers, and reading and leaving comments on student blogs. She does this all as a volunteer, because she loves helping students and teachers from all over.
Right now, Sue isn’t at all enjoying the comforts of home which is in Tasmania, Australia. She is in the middle of a whirlwind trip around North America that most can only dream of!
But instead of relaxing and going quietly on her great trip alone, there are two unique things about this trip:
- Sue will be visiting tons of classrooms, bloggers, and chat friends she’s gotten to know over the years
- She brought along a Tasmanian friend, Mr. ‘Davo’ Devil as a mascot and travelling companion
You can follow the entire journey on Mr. Davo’s blog – complete with tons of updates and photos!
This is a true case where connections made virtually are turning into amazing experiences for all involved.
About the trip
- Left Australia in mid-September and will continue into November
- Covering more than 6,000 miles (~10,000 kms)
- All in a rental car – driving on the wrong (ie. right) side of the road that Miss W. isn’t used to!
We asked Sue a few questions about her trip, which is currently a couple of weeks in progress.
Why this trip?
Where are you staying?
How is it visiting other schools?
So far have visited four classrooms and have plans to visit at least 7 more. Teachers looked at my rough map and said, “You are coming near us – can you visit our class?” If it wasn’t too far off the route, I diverted slightly to visit them.
What else are you getting to see?
The cool things are visiting the classrooms and meeting the teachers and students, blogging about the trip, going to places I have never been before on previous trips and re-visiting Grand Canyon to see the glass walkway. I’ve always wanted to see Banff and Calgary, look at whaling on the east coast of USA, Mount Rushmore, and visit Kansas and Oklahoma to see how “country” they are.
How do people find your accent?
Some people have noticed the accent but they often ask questions about language usage like lift/elevator, trunk/boot and so on. The students want to know more about the animals of Australia.
Getting students involved
There is a place on Mr. Davo Devil’s blog to leave questions about Australia, the US, and Canada – Mr. Davo will get around to answering any questions that are left.
Students are already asking things such as types of fruit, kinds of animals, and customs of each country.
Or even cooler is this fantastic question left on the Kids in the Mid blog of Miss W’s home town:
What do you think about Sue’s trip?
I, for one, sure am jealous!