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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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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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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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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Christmas Pageant at The Vatican School

Hello! We had the rare opportunity of visiting the Vatican school today! It was a wonderful experience, and we had a great time interacting with these students! We had them make snowflakes and discover the history of Saint Nicholas, and the history behind the candy cane. They gave us a preview of what they are going to sing at their Christmas Pageant, and invited us to come watch their performance on December 17th!

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