Castel Gandolfo, Italy

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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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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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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Teaching in Italy Compared to the U.S.

For the past five weeks, I have gotten the privilege to teach at Collodi Elementary school in Italy. The school is located in Albano Laziale, next to our campus and by Castel Gondolfo. There are about 300 students, and my partner Katelynn and I have gotten the chance to teach a Thanksgiving lesson to three different classrooms. Katelynn and I are both majoring in Early Childhood Education so it was really fun to get the chance to teach the first and fourth grade students in Italy. Teaching at Collodi has definitely helped prepare me to teach my own class soon by showing me some of the...

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Tour at The Vatican School

Today, our future educators visited The Vatican School. It is one of the sites where we will be teaching. Brother Mario is a Brother of Christian Instruction and both teaches at the school and is the school principal. Brother Mario graciously gave us a tour of the school and explained how it is part of the constitution that all schools have a foundation of Catholicism. The teachers will post more about the school as they begin to teach their lessons! It is a blessing to see their excitement with each step of this journey.

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