Mr. Uebbing’s class takes the “Tour of Rochester”
This year Mr. Uebbing’s older English learners went on a field trip to the George Eastman House, the Memorial Art Gallery, and the University of Rochester. Students were intrigued to learn what a shrewd businessman Eastman was and what a great innovator. Students agreed that they would have not wanted to work for Mr. Eastman as he was a very critical and meticulous man.
However, we also learned that due to Mr. Eastman’s impressive list of universities and institutions which he has founded or funded, it is safe to say that his work really was pretty much done by the end of his life when he was suffering from severe diabetes and a spinal disease.
And why wait? After this, we headed straight over to the MAG where we saw a baroque Rembrandt of exquisite detail (having formerly hung in Mr. Eastman’s house).
Finally, we made it just in the nick of time across town to the University of Rochester. Here we mingled with the director of the language department and a pre-service TESOL master’s candidate who happened to be from Kosovo and spoke Albanian. My one Albanian student finally got a chance to speak some Albanian at a school function. It is a language of very fine phonemes. Notably, my student laughs uncontrollably every time I attempt to say “hello” or “goodbye” in Albanian. (There is an interesting history to Albania, by the way; if you ever get bored, I recommend looking it up.)
All said and done, excellent field trip! Until next time: bon voyage, and do not forget, as George Eastman once said: “The progress of the world depends almost entirely upon education.”