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Communicating Effectively to Different Languages

During our time teaching in Italian classrooms we have had so many amazing experiences where I’ve felt inspired. I’ve left the classroom feeling so accomplished with my lesson and feeling more secure than ever in my decision to become a teacher, and to major in Early Childhood Education. However,I feel that I learned the most about becoming an educator in the worst teaching experience I have ever had. On a beautiful Wednesday morning my colleague Brianna and I headed up to Albano Laziale to the Callodi school for our first time teaching Italian students. The Callodi school is...

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More Similarities Than Differences

“I see more similarities with my school back home than the differences in the classroom.” is what I have said to the Italian students when in the teaching field. I am truly grateful to have been given the opportunities to not only teach in high school classes in Italy but to have observed classrooms in Greek schools, a Hebrew school, a Vatican school, and a Reggio Emilia school. The bright eyed, cheerful, and smiling faces of the students make me feel beyond welcomed. The teachers in each classroom were more than nice to me too which really made an impact. They represent their...

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Adapting to the Language Barrier

I had the pleasure to work at Collodi Elementary School during my time here in Rome. There are about 300 students that attend this school and I was able to work with a vast majority of them. The very first and only time I was able to teach my lesson was to a group of first graders. There were about twenty-two students that were in the class the day that my colleagues and I came to teach our lesson on Thanksgiving. We chose to teach them about Thanksgiving because we are all studying to be ECIS educators. We thought that it would be an interesting subject for them to learn about at their age....

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Cultural Comparisons in Learning Environments

Within the past month, I was lucky enough to both observe and teach at two schools here in Italy. The schools that allowed and welcomed me as soon as I got there was the Vatican School which is private school that is located on the hill of Castle Gandolfo and Collodi Middle School which is a public school that is in Albano Laziale. The age group of students that I worked with for most the time was age seven and I also worked with the fifth graders in the afterschool program. An interesting comparison between American and Italian schools is that in Italy the teachers switch and move from...

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A Christian in the Most Catholic City in the World

I posted this to my family and friends last week after Mass. I want to share with everyone on our Facebook page my experience as a Christian in the most Catholic city in the World. Today my colleagues and I experienced a once in a life time opportunity. Touring the summer home of the Pope in Castel Gandolfo. The architecture, beauty, history, and stories hidden beneath these walls are images I will never forget. Although I do not practice Catholicism it feels great to be open to learn about and participate in different ways Christians around the world teach and spread the word of God. The...

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