I had my last meeting of my study trip today with Victoria Oldstedt. She is a teacher at two schools, Manilla and and Fredrikshovs Slotts Skola. Both schools are charter schools in Stockholm; Manilla is on a beautiful island in a building from the 1800s while Fredriskhov is in an old castle from the 1600s.
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I was so happy to meet Victoria! We had our classes write letters back and forth to each other this past year a few times, and it was so nice to put a face to the name.
I got a wonderful tour of both schools and got to meet many of the teachers and staff. A few highlights were:
-the teachers lounge at Manilla decorated in a style matching the age of the building including a lovely chandelier and period wallpaper
-seeing the classrooms with high ceilings in Fredrikshov, made out of rooms from a castle from over 400 years ago
-meeting another English teacher that I will get to work with this next year (our students will also write back and forth)
-meeting one of the classes that my students and I had pen pal letters with last year
Overall it was a lovely visit on a very rainy morning. Much of my time was spent planning and talking over our plans for our letter exchange for this next year, and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to come and solidify our relationship.