What I learned this Student Touring season

The season of student tours in Sacramento/Gold Country/San Francisco is over.  Yesterday was my last one and all paperwork is complete. I’m ready for the break yet will look forward to next year’s season.

Highlights of the season and lessons learned:

Making Indian Trade Bead chokers

The days are long!  At training I remember being excited that they pay you for 12 hours even if you work less than 12 hours. Ha! The itineraries are planned to have you work those 12 hours. Last night my airport economy parking ticket showed I clocked out exactly 12 hours and 1 minute after checking in that morning!  Out of 23 working days, only ONE was less than 10 hours.  One day was 13 1/2 hours.

Fourth graders are fun!

Pack carefully. One morning I pulled pants out of my suitcase only to discover they were my husband’s.  Needless to say, that they did not fit!

Grinding acorns at the Maidu Indian Museum, Roseville, California

Put tips safely away instead of stuffing them in a pocket.

Use an over-the-shoulder travel bag to keep pens, money, cell phone, itinerary, chapstick, comb, kleenex, gum, cough drops within reach at all times.

Be prepared!  Carry extra napkins and forks. Thankfully, I have not even opened my first aid kit.

I can talk and tell lots of stories when necessary. And there are times not to tell everything.

I was impressed that on the motor coach a child vomited into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag thus containing both the smell and the mess.

Sutter’s Fort, Sacramento, California

I visit my chiropractor weekly and my alignment is better after working long days on my feet than when I stay home and sit too much.

Soaking in epsom salts is beneficial.

Please the teacher, include them in the planning.

Students at a bark house at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park

Although I toured the same sites over and over again with 4th graders no two tours were identical. The makeup of each group is different: the teachers, the expectations, the students and their backgrounds and knowledge, manners, personalities, their energy, along with the size of the group and whether there are more boys or girls.  The parent chaperones significantly affect the students (and myself.) Even the bus driver has impact.

I come home tired, feet aching, yet feeling exhilarated and looking forward to doing it again.  It’s obvious that I’m working my passion and found my calling!

I am always learning!!!

Replica of James Marshall’s lumber mill where gold was discovered on January 24, 1848 in Coloma, California

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