The Holy Doors in Italy

A few weeks ago, our group took a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. While the entire church was completely breathtaking, there was another aspect that we got to experience that not many other people would normally have the chance to do. That experience was the Holy Doors. There are four sets of Holy Doors in Italy: St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the Basilica of St. Mary the Great, and the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall, all located in Rome. The Holy Doors were opened by Pope Francis in this “Jubilee...

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Teaching American Politics in Italy

In my day as a teacher at Albano middle school, I taught all levels of middle school from ages 9 to 14. Classes had around 20 students. Most older students could understand and speak English very well while younger students struggled. Teachers were helpful with translating for their students who were not fluent in English. I made a connection with a student whose father was from Arizona; this student was in a class that spoke little English with a teacher that wasn’t proficient either. This student acted as a translator and helped the class while having pride in his heritage and pride...

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Communicating Outside of Our Comfort Zones

Throughout this amazing trip in Rome, Italy, we have visited a number of schools and experienced so much as future educators. We have gone to The Vatican School up the hill in Castel Gandolfo, a school in the city next to ours called Albano, a Hebrew school in Rome, Reggio Emilia, a Greek school, and an Italian school in Greece. I have loved every single school that we have visited, observed, and taught at. But the school that sticks out to me the most is The Vatican School in Castel Gandolfo. This school is just right up the hill from our campus. It was a pretty big school, with many...

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Interactive Lessons and Music to Communicate

Throughout the weeks that I have been in Rome studying, I have taught in two very different schools. Also, I visited several different schools as well. I am currently studying to become a Special Education teacher. I will be certified in grades K-12 for both mild to moderate and moderate to intensive students. One of the schools is located in the city next to campus called Albano Laziale. To get to this school, I had to take the bus to Albano Laziale. Once I got off the bus I had about a ten-minute walk to the school. The school is called the Rossini school. Rossini was a rather big school...

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Teaching Thanksgiving in a New Language

Throughout the past few weeks, I have been teaching in schools throughout Italy. One school I taught at was the Collodi Elementary school in Albano Laziale which is located approximately twenty minutes from campus. Throughout my time at Collodi, I taught in a first grade classroom and observed in two fifth grade classrooms. Since I am an Early Childhood/Intervention Specialist major that is also seeking an endorsement for grades 4 and 5, I found these classrooms very fun and interesting to me. The time I spent in the first grade classroom was my favorite because I actually had the...

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